Like any creek or river, water level fluctuates depending on the time of year and precipitation amounts. At times in the spring, the water can be too high to safely get under some bridges or through some box culverts; compared to times later in the summer and fall when stretches of the creek or river are too low to paddle.
Along with the water level there are a couple other factors that can affect a paddle. During the summer, weeds in the upper lakes section can make it difficult to paddle. The creek also passes through several box culverts. At lower water levels there are erosion control rocks / boulders at the end of these culverts that boats can get hung up on.
Always wear a life jacket. Paddling skills are required to navigate obstacles and to keep boats pointed down-stream. Getting your boat sideways into a down tree or snag can be dangerous. Some areas may be quite narrow and conditions can vary based on weather events and new obstructions. Scout your route before getting on the creek and make sure the water isn’t too high or too low. Canoeing and kayaking have inherent risks. You should have full knowledge of the nature and extent of these risks associated with canoeing and kayaking before getting on the water.
Enjoy this unique local resource, appreciate the abundant wildlife, have fun, and paddle safe.
The Rice Creek Water Trail is a beautiful tributary to the Mississippi River and a fun place to paddle a canoe or kayak. The Rice Creek Water Trail begins in Lino Lakes and extends approximately 15.2 miles to Long Lake in New Brighton.
On its way to the Mississippi River, the Rice Creek Water Trail flows through a variety of habitats and back-drops. The first 7 miles of the water trail, begins at the Peltier Lake public boat launch and makes its way through five lakes before narrowing into the creek. The next section of the creek, travels from Baldwin Lake to Long Lake and meanders through very scenic meadows, under several bridges, and winds through some residential areas ending at Long Lake Regional Park. Along the Rice Creek Water Trail there are several places to launch and take out canoes and kayaks. This allows for a multitude of paddling routes. Paddlers can pick a route that fits their time frame, paddling ability, and scenery preference.
The Mississippi River is the fourth longest river in the world, flowing 2,350 miles from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.
In Minnesota, the river flows through valleys, bluffs, prairies, and woodlands in a variety of flow rates and widths. Portions of the river have been designated as a Wild and Scenic river.
There are ten mapped segments of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, beginning at the source and ending on the Minnesota/Iowa border.