Faribault, Minnesota

Paddle the Cannon River State Water Trail - Two Rivers Park to Cannon River Wilderness Area

Originally added by Eric Pelto

Upstream from the tubes and outfitters, this scenic section of the Cannon River provides an escape from the crowds found further downstream. Surrounded by rolling hills, bluffs, and sandstone rock outcrops, there is no shortage of scenery here.

Start by dropping your shuttle vehicle at the Cannon River Wilderness Area. While you're there go down to the river and check out the access as it is difficult to spot from the river. This will help ensure you don't paddle past your take-out. Also plan to use the toilets here, there aren't any at Two Rivers Park.

Once you arrive at the Two Rivers Park access, carry your canoe or kayak down to the confluence of the Cannon and Straight Rivers (hence the park name) and hop on the water. The next 7.6 miles is a little known yet fantastic stretch of water. Enjoy the twists and turns of the Cannon River through the rolling bluff country. Along the way stop at one of the many gravel islands for a snack or a swim. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, great blue herons, and an abundance of songbirds.

For maps and more information on this river check out the Cannon River State Water Trail website.

Note: Paddlers should have proficient skills to navigate small rapids, swift water, and other river hazards such as strainers or sweepers. Always check water levels before heading out as this river can become very dangerous in high water.

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