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Verchota Canoe Trail

Location In the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, near Winona, MN.
State(s) Minnesota
Counties Winona
Type Water Trail
Length 11.00 Miles / 17.70 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Camping
Dogs - Off leash
Fishing
Hunting
Snow - Snowshoeing
Swimming
Wildlife Observation
Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No

 

 

Description

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Paddling on the Mississippi River is quite enticing but also challenging. Refuge Staff often hear, "Will I get lost in the backwater sloughs? How will I find my way out?" This 11.2 mile challenging trail is posted for counter-clockwise travel. It is best for stronger, experienced paddlers, as there is a lot of upstream paddling and the current can be strong. During low water, rock obstructions are exposed and paddlers may need to portage. Trails users also may wish to enter and explore the slow/no wake and electric motor areas.

The canoe trail on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge offers an experience to explore off the main commercial navigation channel. The slower current, lotus beds and side channels offer an experience reminiscent of the days of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. The slower pace allows a paddler to view bald eagles soaring and resting in cottonwoods along the shore. Trail users traveling in spring and fall experience bird migration. Early spring allows paddling before the water plants grow. The hot summers along the Mississippi means hardy paddlers will need to push canoes or kayaks through the beds of lotus. Every season offers the river paddler an experience to immerse themselves in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. which stretches along the Mississippi River and includes Districts in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. The Refuge is part of the Upper Mississippi River Nation (Continued...)

 

Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available

Directions

From Winona, MN, take the River Road to Prairie Island Campground, travel .5 miles to boat landing.

 

Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Asphalt

Secondary Surface: Water, moving

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 National Wildlife Refuge
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge
51 E. 4th Street
Winona , MN 55987
507 494 6229
Mary_Stefanski@fws.gov

 

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