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Red Lake River State Water Trail

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Northwestern MN; Clearwater, Penningtion, Red Lake, and Polk Counties

DNR Parks and Trails
NW Regional Office
(218) 308-2372


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The Red Lake River is one of the few canoeing and kayaking rivers in northwestern Minnesota. It begins at Upper and Lower Red Lake and flows generally westward until it joins the Red River of the North in East Grand Forks.

The river flows past marshy wilderness, flat farmland, towering eroded cliffs and steep, wooded banks.

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