Plan your next Canoe/Kayak getaway to South East Minnesota

canoeing kayaking trips in Southeast Minnesota

Make Lanesboro your destination for your next canoe/kayak trip.  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.”  The Root River passing through Lanesboro is the primary artery for canoeing and kayaking in the region.  The North and South branches of the Root offer miles of gorgeous scenery upriver from Lanesboro and continues down river more than 15 miles to Peterson, MN.

canoes and kayaks are easy to use on the Root River

Kayaks on the North branch of the Root River

The Minnesota DNR maintains these waterways for use by kayaks and canoes.  The Root River is a class one river with an average depth of 2-3 feet and an average flow of 3 miles per hour.  Lanesboro outfitters offer 2 and 4 hour canoe and kayaking experiences on the Root River.  Some campgrounds and resorts offer these services too.

Family canoe trips are very popular along the Root River.  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.  Lanesboro outfitters offer 1 to 3 night trips with shuttle services.

Have your own equipment?  The Root River State Trail follows the river from Lanesboro to Peterson making it convenient for you to leave your bike(s) at your take out point and pedal back to pick up your vehicle.  Some outfitters will shuttle you for a fee as well.

kayak fishing is available along many miles of the Root River

Fishing downstream from Lanesboro

Trout fishing is excellent along the Root and its tributaries.  The South branch (which is spring fed and much cooler for trout habitat) was rated one of the top ten trout fishing streams in the US by Outdoors magazine.  Excellent brown, rainbow, and brook trout may be found here.  The North branch is also good for browns rainbows, bass, northern and sauger.  Local fishing experts can direct you to the creeks that feed the Root where excellent fishing is available.

Lanesboro offers more than canoeing and kayaking.  Lanesboro is nearly in the center of the Root River State Trail which offers more than 60 miles of paved surface.  The section from Lanesboro to Fountain is freshly repaved making it ideal for roller bladers.

After a busy day on the River, you need a place to rest and relax.  Lanesboro has more than 20 lodging establishments including Bed and Breakfasts, motels, house rentals, resorts and campgrounds.  You’ll find shopping and restaurants downtown plus the Commonweal Theatre - offering professional live theatre.  You won’t run out of things to do in Lanesboro.  Plan you next canoe/kayak trip to Lanesboro the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.

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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