Canoe Trip Down Minnesota’s Root River

According to, “Southeastern Minnesota is a paddlers paradise for both canoeing and kayaking. The Driftless Area of Southeastern Minnesota is quite different than the rest of Minnesota as it contains no natural lakes and the terrain is quite rugged with spectacular scenery.”

Canoe Minnesota's Root River

North Branch of the Root River

On Saturday, I paddled a section of the North Branch of the Root river northwest of Lanesboro, MN.  We put in the river on near Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.  The weather was hot and muggy.  But the river was cool and clear.  A nice breeze wafted through the valley making for a pleasant afternoon on the river.

The river is great for canoeing and kayaking.  The river is shallow and clear allowing us to see bottom for the entire stretch.  With extra rain this summer the river is high enough so there is no danger of bottoming out.  For a canoe novice like me, the river is just perfect.

The stretch of river surrounding Eagle Bluff is quite scenic with Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures riding the updraft along the 400 foot bluffs that border the river.  Fishing is great along the tributaries of the north branch of the Root River upstream.

Minnesota River Kayak

Kayaks on the North Branch of the Root River

The Root River’s superlative scenery and characteristics make it suitable for many types of recreation.  Family canoe trips are very popular.  Those more adventurous can take advantage of the canoe campsites for overnight trips.  A map showing camp sites and canoe launches can be found on the Minnesota DNR web site.

Outfitters in Lanesboro, MN offer canoe, kayak and tubing trips on the North and Middle branches of the Root River.

Lanesboro, the Bed and Breakfast capital of Minnesota offers 25 lodging establishments to suit any taste.   The historic downtown offers shopping, restaurants, an art gallery, and a live theatre that performs 5 days a week during the summer season.

This blog is edited by Marv Eggert co-owner of Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B in Lanesboro where you awaken each morning to a just-baked loaf of bread delivered to your room.  Come mid-week to enjoy the peace and quiet of the river.  Stay 2 nights and receive a $10 discount per night on your stay.









About Marvin Eggert

Innkeeper and gardener at Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B in Lanesboro, MN. I really enjoy writing and photography. Blogging gives me the opportunity for a creative outlet for both of these interests.
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