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A S T A T E WA T E R T R A I L G U I D E T O T H E D E S M O I N E S R I V E R

COTTONWOOD CO.
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Harder Lake Arnolds Lake

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Carry-in Access
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Swan Lake Delft

River Mile
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MURRAY CO.

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Water Access
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Bartsh Lake

Designated Public Land Scientific and Natural Area Wildlife Management Area
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Little Swan W.M.A. Bat Lake Delft W.M.A.

Carey Lake Long Lake

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Campground Outfitter Rest Area

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Round Lake

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Eagle Drinking Water Lake
Maiden Lake

Mountain Lake

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Oaks Lake 45 Expandere W.M.A.

Rapids

Scale in Miles

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Municipal Airport

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Carpenter W.M.A.

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Bingham Lake

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Talcot Lake W.M.A.
Talcot Lake
Talcot Lake County Park

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Talcot Lake W.M.A.Dam Talcot

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Dynamite County Park 40

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Mountain Lake County Park

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Warren Lake

Clear Lake

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Cottonwood Lake Banks W.M.A.

Bennett W.M.A.

Windom
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String Lakes Parso Lake Mayflower Park

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Clear Lake

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Barrier W.M.A.

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Windom Dam Portage left 150 yards Island Park Wolf Lake W.M.A. 35

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Wolf Lk. Summit Lake

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Dundee

JACKSON CO.

Voit W.M.A. Cotton-Jack W.M.A.

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Kinbrae Kinbrae Lake

Winkler W.M.A.

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Duck Lake

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Timber Lake W.MA.

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East Graham Lake

Timber Lake

Lillegard W.M.A.

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Teal Lake

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Libra W.M.A.

Crosse W.M.A. Valleau W.M.A.
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Route Description of the Des Moines River
NOTE: (R) and (L) represent right and left banks of the river when facing downstream.

Lake Independence

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79 15

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Lake Flaherty

Kilen Woods State Park

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76 85 29

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Holthe Prairie S.N.A.

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RIVER MILE 68.0 Talcot Lake. Talcot Lake County Park is at the south end of Talcot Lake, water access and camping in park. 68.0 Talcot Lake Dam. 68.0 (L) Carry-in access, west of County Road 7, Talcot Lake Wildlife Management Area. 63.1 County Road 6 bridge. ek 62.2 State Highway 62 bridge. Cre 61.7 Township road bridge (360th. Avenue). 60-59.6 Brewster Winkler W.M.A. 59.1 County Road 5 bridge. 57.5 State Highway 62 bridge. 55.7 Township road bridge (390th. Avenue). 55.3 Pat’s Grove County Park carry-in access and campground. Not directly on the Des Moines River, located upstream on the Heron Lake outlet. 52.7 County Road 15 bridge. 48.8 County Road 14 bridge. 46.3 (L) Confluence of Scheldorf Creek. 43.7 County Road 14 bridge. 40.8 County Road 15 bridge. 40.4 (L) Dynamite County Park (a little distance from the river). 38.5 (L) Windom carry-in access. 37.0 Windom Dam, Portage left, 150 yards. City of Windom. Island Park, drinking water, picnic area. 36.9 (L) Highways 60 and 71 carry-in accesses. 36.7 (L) Island Park, picnic area, drinking water. Spafford 36.4 Small rapids. 36.1 (L) Mayflower Park carry-in access 35.5 State Highway 71 bridge. 30.5-29.5 (L) Des Moines River Prairie S.N.A. 29.1 (L) Christianna (County Road 30) Bridge canoe & boat access and picnic area. 28.7 (L) Christianna Bridge campsite. 25.5-24.6 Kilen Woods State Park on right (north segment). 24.9-24.6 Holthe Prairie S.N.A. on left. 23.3 Kilen Woods State Park. Drinking water and camping in park. Round W.M.A. Woods and virgin prairie along the river provide a contrast to the surrounding agricultural area. RoundRoad 24 bridge. 23.3 County Lake 23.2 Small Rapids. Illinois Lake 22.8 (R) County Road 19 bridge and water access. Illinois 21.7 Powerline crossing. W.M.A. 4 21.4 (L) Belmont County Park. Rest area, drinking water and watercraft Round Lake campsites available. 20.1 Small rapids. 19.8 County Road 16 bridge. 17.2 Powerline crossing. 16.1 Small rapids. 14.9 Interstate 90 bridge. 13.0 State Highway 71 bridge. Iowa Lake 12.8 (L) Ashley City Park, carry-in access, picnic area, drinking water. 12.3 (L) Jackson Dam, portage left, 200 yards. 12.3 Jackson City Power Plant Park. River right, below dam. Outfitter nearby in town. 10.8 Powerline crossing. 7.1 (R) Confluence of Stony Brook. 6.9 County Highway 25 Bridge. 3.1 (R) Petersburg carry-in access, campsites and rest area. County Road 23 bridge. 0.0 Minnesota-Iowa border.
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Heron Lake W.M.A.

83

20
West Heron W.M.A.

I Kilen Woods State Park
Prairie Bush Clover S.N.A.

Sandy Point County Park

Community Point County Park

Power Line Crossing

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22

17 16 86
Boot Lake

18

16

16
20

Belmont County Park

Artz W.M.A.

Sparks Environmental County Park

Lakefield
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Bootleg W.M.A.

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Power Line Crossing

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Summers W.M.A.

12

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Clear Lake

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Alpha Ashley City Park

90
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Jackson
Jackson Dam Portage left, 200 yds.

34
Husen W.M.A.

34

34

67

Jackson City Power Plant Park

14 29
Power Line Crossing

23 86 68 9
Little Sioux W.M.A. Pietz-Klima W.M.A.

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Sioux Parks Lake

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Pavelko W.M.A.

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Brown County Park

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Chandler Lake

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Sioux Valley W.M.A.

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Skunk Lake Skunk W.M.A.
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Robertson County Park

Petersburg

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MINNESOTA IOWA

Growers Lake

Little Spirit Lake

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Spirit Lake

JACKSON CO.

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Planning A Safe River Trip A successful river trip is safe. picnic and explore.gov/watertrails TALCOT LAKE DAM The Des Moines River 12 flat farmland. Plan your trip with a map before you depart and advise someone of your plans including planned departure and arrival times. you should be prepared by doing the following: KILEN WOODS STATE PARK 50% infiltration www.98 feet per mile. Healthy and diverse native shoreline plant communities are attractive and provide important shoreline habitat for birds and wildlife. • Bring an extra paddle in your canoe. channel catfish. • Choose a distance that is comfortable for you. MN 56101-2921 507-831-2918 Online water trail route information and maps can be found at www. AT FORT BELMONT Mi 59 nn 71 eso ta Marshall 75 Redwood Co Redwood Falls 71 tto 14 d 14 an Watonw Slayton 71 NEAR CHRISTIANNA BRIDGE nw oo • Not all portions of this water trail are suitable for motor use. Be a clean up volunteer for a portion of your favorite recreation area. turtles. Several dams must be portaged.mndnr. such as overhanging and dead trees in the river. • Leave only footprints. take only photographs! Water levels can speed or slow you down. the river drops 135 feet. • Be cautious of river obstructions. • Be sanitary! Use designated toilet facilities or bury human waste away from the river. Minnesota State Parks and Trails 12 www. the river flows between 100-200 foot bluffs covered with oak and basswood forest. • Wear a U. From Kilen Woods to Jackson are increasingly taller hills and bluffs. Paul. an average of 1. muskrats. Boating Information • Register your watercraft. bank swallows. woodlands crowd the river and screen from view farm buildings and cultivated land. Remember that much of the shorelands are privately owned. Drinking river water is not recommended. Call the DNR Information Center for a brochure. green ash. A variety of bird life exists. mink.S E N I O M S DE R RIVE TER A W E T A STA AIL Guide TR A STATE WATER TRAIL GUIDE TO THE DES MOINES RIVER The river holds a variety of secrets just waiting for you to explore. and none are more difficult than Class I. • Respect private property. To enjoy a safe journey. MN 55155-4040 651-296-6157 (Metro Area) 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367 MN Toll-Free) TTY: 651-296-5484 (Metro Area) TTY: 1-800-657-3929 (MN Toll-Free) s 90 The Des Moines River flows through a flat. or the DNR Information Center. S. but if you do it must be treated. most people paddle two to three river miles per hour.mndnr. The DNR Information Center 500 Lafayette Road. which are available on a first-come. Natural shoreline buffers improve water quality by filtering out pollutants and sediments. wood ducks.mndnr. Stop only at designated sites. walleye. squirrels. the DNR website. including owls. DES MOINES RIVER PRAIRIE SCIENTIFIC AND NATURAL AREA . You can get information about water levels from the regional DNR office. must be registered in Minnesota or your state of residence. • Bring a first aid kit that includes waterproof matches. Cover Photo: Town of Jackson All photos: DNR © 2012 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Altered Shorelands 30% evaporation 55% runoff 15% infiltration • Get acquainted with your route. with few trees to interrupt the broad prairie land. a field guide or just your curiosity and enjoy the river’s magic. with generally sedimentary rocks covered by typical glacial deposits. It is only available at a limited number of rest areas. hawks. The Des Moines River has few rapids. All watercraft more than 9 feet in length. From the Talcott Lake Dam to the Iowa line. yellow perch.gov You can make a difference by joining the DNR Adopt-a-River Program. the level is usually sufficient for canoeing. Communities working together can improve water resources by promoting environmentally sensitive land use practices along rivers and throughout watersheds. slippery elm. From Windom to Kilen Woods State Park. much of the shoreland is private property. AT COUNTY ROAD 15 Rock 75 59 90 Worthington The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. black bullheads. The banks become higher near the park. The bedrock is similar to that of the Red River Valley of the north. Natural Shorelands 40% evaporation 10% runoff Rest Areas and Camping Sites • Public rest areas are available along the route to rest. first-served basis. iron shaped plateau. mallards. called the “Coteau de Prairies” by early french explorers. Minnesota State Parks and Trails Area Office 175 County Road 26 Windom. Heavy rains can cause the river to flood. beaver. including nonmotorized canoes and kayaks. • Camp only in designated campsites. Downed trees and logjams can present a hazard occasionally. Sustainable outdoor recreation enables people to enjoy the outdoors without negative impacts on the environment. Stream flow usually peaks in early to mid-April. crappie.gov/watertrails DNR Information Center The DNR’s Information Center is available to provide free publications of facilities and services as well as answers questions pertaining to DNR recreational opportunities in Minnesota. Fishing Northern pike. De s M oi ne Windom • Travel with a companion or group. Bring your binoculars. NEAR JACKSON AT COUNTY ROAD 14 This information is available in alternative format upon request. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device that state law requires be on board the boat for each person. St. • You must pack out all trash. From the Talcott Lake dam access to Windom. the Des Moines travels through Wildlife White-tailed deer. The river valley is bounded by low hills. Sustainable Ecosystems Outdoor recreation is dependent on a healthy and attractive natural environment. Because there are few rapids to cause canoeists problems in low water. baltimore orioles. willow. blue herons and kingfishers. Respect and protect the water and shorelands. and various grasses line the banks. • Bring drinking water.