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buzbunni

Canoe route: Champlin to Hidden Falls

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Has anyone ever paddled this route? I'm curious how long it may take. A buddy of mine is planning to paddle this stretch this week. I'm figuring it must be at least a full day. He's not a real experienced paddler(I'm hoping his canoe partner is) and I want to make sure he's not in over his head.I've already informed him that he needs to learn how to navigate the lock(or portage around it...ouch!)

Thanks all.

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SERIOUSLY! It was THIS big!

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He'll have to portage the Coon Rapids dam for sure.

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Buz - how's it going! About paddling that stretch... that will be a pretty decent haul. I'm figuring at least a full day of good paddling! If he is planning on fishing at all or taking it slower, it may take a couple days. I'm guessing, but I would put that distance at around 20+ miles. You'll have to portage at Coon Rapids dam and then do the locks twice (stone arch bridge & ford dam). Be sure to be wearing life jackets and be extremely careful after the 494 bridge. It will get deep quick and the barges will make for an interesting journey! Below Ford Dam it will also be a bumpy & crazy ride! Once you hit the current it'll get hairy right down and then calm down right as you get to Hidden Falls.

Like I said, if your friend is planning on fishing at all, you may suggest a shorter distance, say Champlin to 494 bridge.

Good luck - hope to see you out on the water before it gets too much colder! smile.gif

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Mike
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That is a long route. I'd try something like Otsego to Coon rapids. No locks to worry about, less traffic until you get to Anoka. Watch out for the speed boats.

He can order free maps from the DNR.

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Thanks for the help guys. Just a canoe trip with no fishing involved(such a shame). I thought it would take much longer, but they did Champlin to St.Anthony in 4 hours. Mr. Mathematics figured the current speed+paddling speed and guessed correctly. I was WAY off.

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where is hidden falls?

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Hidden Falls Park is a City of St. Paul park located on the Mississippi in the Highland Park area of St. Paul. It is about a 1/4 mile below the Ford Motor Co dam and Lock #1. It is on the East side of the shore; the Minnehaha Falls Park (City of Minneapolis) is across the river on the West side. By road, follow Ford Parkway to the river, exit south on East River Road. Go about 1/2 mile, look for the park entrance on your right.
There is a very good concrete boat ramp and plenty of parking for trailers.
PS., there is no "hidden falls" unless you count the storm water discharge that comes down the small canyon area in the spring.Maybe there was at one time.

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ok, thats way north of the 494 bridge unless i'm wicked lost on how the river runs ...

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Yea, it is north (and upstream) from 494, if you're talking about on the water, I would guess about 5 to 6 river miles. In general terms, think of adjacent to the MSP airport, or Fort Snelling.

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Oh, I see.Someone above said 494 bridge, when I'm sure he meant 694.

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