Minneapolis to St. Paul Canoe Trip

October 15th turned out to be a great day for a 20 mile canoe ride down the Mississippi. David and I started on the West Bank of the U of Minnesota river flats at 9am and headed downstream. The stretch from Minneapolis to St. Paul was largely along uninhabited, quiet shores with few signs of city life on the mighty Mississippi. Bluffs shield the river from noise and sights of Minneapolis and so what one sees from the river are the shores of parks, forest and wildlife. After the first 7 miles or so came Lock and Dam #1, which the army corps staff let us ride without trouble. Then it was just another few hours till the lunch spot in downtown St. Paul. Past downtown St. Paul the river becomes industrial full of barges, coal plants, airports, and factories. Along the route we crossed under 15 bridges. The trip took 6 hours or so with a tail wind helping us along during the second half of the trip.
 
Photos from the trip:
 
U of Minnesota West Bank at the start of the ride around 9am

On the Mississippi taking a drop in Lock and Dam #1

St. Paul from the river.

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