I canoe. Do you?

I like to go canoeing, if by that you mean getting into a rental and letting a river push you downstream. That’s the only way I’ve been canoeing, and that was years ago, and only a few times.

Instead of sitting beneath a blissful breeze of conditioned air tomorrow, I’m going to find a decent spot to canoe, and by golly, I’m going to do it. This time, it’ll be in a lake, because I figured this out about rivers: they just keep going. With my on-river navigational skills (I spent 20 years of my life on the Mississippi, and I never got the hang of having any clue where I was while on the water), we’d be in the Gulf of Mexico before I had any clue what was going on.

Fort Snelling State Park is going to be the destination, chosen both for its proximity to other stuff I want to do tomorrow and because in the seven years I’ve lived in the area, I’ve never been to Fort Snelling. While doing a litle research, I found this page, which is oddly fascinating.

About the Mississippi from Anoka to Fort Snelling, for example:

This segment of the Mississippi requires some paddling skills in order to avoid snags, sweepers, and boulders. The rapids are all Class I or riffles. Motor boats and barges often throw large wakes that can swamp unsuspecting canoeists. These wakes should not be taken broadside. Because the river is so wide, the current can be deceptively swift. Use caution in approaching the shore. Paddlers should watch for dams and know which side to portage or lock through. Stay close to shore as you prepare to enter or exit a lock. Do not cross the river directly above dams.

Wish me luck, either to avoid drowning or a nasty sunburn.

3 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2005 @ 10:58 pm

    A friend of mine was just talking about going canoeing today. Except I think the thunderstorms canceled her trip.

    Canoeing on the river sounds like a little more than I could handle. Portage or lock? Whassat? I’d have to start with Cedar Lake or something equally … tranquil.

  2. Nate (unregistered) on July 24th, 2005 @ 12:37 pm

    I am an avid canoer (sp?) who has canoed many a lake and stream. My family and friends of said family used to canoe a long day trip down Minnehaha creek. We would get out before the falls, though…

  3. Don H (unregistered) on July 25th, 2005 @ 7:23 pm

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