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Halfmoon Lake Canoe Trail

Location The Halfmoon Lake Canoe Trail is located in the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge near Kellogg, MN. Halfmoon Landing is located at 12067 622nd Street, Kellogg, MN.
GPS Coordinates: NAD 1983 Zone 15
State(s) Minnesota
Counties Wabasha
Type Water Trail
Length 5.20 Miles / 8.37 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Wildlife Observation
Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No





The 4.7 mile moderate to difficult rated Halfmoon Lake Canoe Trail is the third trail in a series of four designed to take paddlers into the backwater areas of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The trailhead (Halfmoon Landing) is located at approximately River Mile 747.5 and is approximately four miles downstream of the Finger Lakes Canoe Trail and 10 miles upstream of the Straight Slough Canoe Trail. Paddlers who wish to paddle between trails will need to use the main navigation channel and "lock through" (paddlers unfamiliar with the procedure for using a lock should download the booklet “Locking Through” available at the refuge website). Sandy beaches for camping are plentiful along this section of river. There is no fee for camping on the Refuge.

The Halfmoon Lake Canoe Trail, like the others, gives paddlers opportunities unavailable in any other part of the country. Spectacular bluffs, mature floodplain forest, opulent backwaters, close-encounters with river otter and the magnificent spectacle of migration can all be experienced on this trail. These aspects and many others were the driving forces behind this section of the Mississippi River's designation as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in 2010.

Paddlers can spend the night on any of the islands or paddle to one of the beaches on the main navigation channel to enjoy a campfire and evening filled with the sights and sounds of lone tow boats maki (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 5/1 - Date Closes: 11/15

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available

Closed in winter due to ice.


From Kellogg, MN take Hwy 61 south, turn left onto County Road 84, turn right onto West Newton Road, turn right into Halfmoon Landing.


Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Water, moving

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 2012

Date Last Updated: ---


Contact Information

Public Contact:
Mary Stefanski
District Manager
Upper Mississippi River Nat Wildlife & Fish Refuge
51 East 4th Street
Room 203
Winona , MN 55987
(507) 494-6229


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