Paddle the Cannon River

Minnesota Welch Mill

Added by Dan Mirocha

The Cannon River offers a great opportunity to kayak or canoe in Welch, MN. There is a 5-mile trip takes 1-2 hours; $30/Canoe, $25/Solo Kayak, $30/Tandem Kayak and a 12-mile trip takes 3-4 hours; $40/Canoe, $30/Solo Kayak, $40/Tandem Kayak available from local outfitters as well as shuttle service.

If you want a quiet, secluded paddle, this may not be the adventure for you. The Cannon River is a very popular destination in the summer months for groups of canoers, kayakers and tubers. Drinking on the river is not discouraged.

Book a reservation with Welch Mill. They provide shuttle service, life jackets, canoes/kayaks and paddles (cash only). Pack a cooler of beverages and push off down the river. The current moves quickly enough that you'll use your paddle more for steering than forward momentum. The river snakes through bluffs and over light rapids. Keep an eye out for eagles overhead.

Pack List

  • Beverages in a cooler
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Shoes that can get wet
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Chillin, Kayaking, Rafting

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Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Swimming Hole

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about 2 months ago

Super Fun

Always a Great time. Definitely recommend stopping along the way to explore. Very beautiful and serene.

about 2 months ago

3 months ago

Old Stomping Grounds

I grew up in Welch, MN and have frequented the Cannon River and Welch Mill. Sure is a fun leisure activity. Don't forget the sun screen! I can't tell you how many times I have burned myself to a crisp out there!

3 months ago

Added by Dan Mirocha

Always up for an adventure, both urban and off-the-grid. Instagram: @danmirocha

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