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Mississippi River State Water Trail: Fort Snelling to Hastings

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East Central MN; Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington Counties

DNR Parks and Trails
Central Regional Office
(651) 259-5841

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This segment of the river winds past developed areas and showcases spectacular bluffs and wide-trunked trees.

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The river varies in width from one-tenth mile below Fort Snelling to two miles above Lock and Dam 2 at Spring Lake.

Although the river is generally wide, the current can be deceptively swift. Approach the shore with caution. Wakes from large boat traffic should not be taken broadside.

Watch for dams, and know on which side to portage or lock. Stay close to shore as you prepare to get out or enter a lock, and do not cross the river above dams.

There are no major rapids. About rapids classes.

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Metro Area Rivers Guide | Mississippi River Trip Planner external link