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Watonwan River State Water Trail

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Southwestern MN; Blue Earth and Watonwan Counties

DNR Parks and Trails
Southern Regional Office


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Although the river flows quickly at times, it is generally placid. Most paddlers particularly enjoy the 30-mile segment from Madelia to the river's confluence with the Blue Earth River at Garden City.

Some of the most scenic and interesting paddling in this area is found along the stretch below the Rapidan Dam to the confluence of the Blue Earth River and the Minnesota River at Sibley State Park in Mankato.

For more information about this river, please refer to the State Highway 4 to LeSueur segment of the Minnesota River.

There are no major rapids. Learn about rapids classes.

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