2017 Cottonwood Canoe Trip
The day started out with a storm center rolling in, but it rolled on by after drenching us. The weather radar said an opening was coming up. We launched about 15 minutes late, but had an awesome day on the river. Another shower started just as we were finishing up with our meal in Flandreau State Park in New Ulm.
Storm clouds 30 minutes before launching on the river for the Cottonwood River Canoe Trip. We checked the weather radars and an opening was coming for our canoe trip to proceed.
Photo of Canoer's getting ready for lunch after a wonderful day on the river.
Photo of getting on the Cottonwood River, just south of Essig.
Three friends brought kayaks on the trip. Kayaks and canoes are both welcomed on our canoe trips.
All ages and levels of expertise are welcome on our canoe trips. Everyone helps each other out.
Even the younger participants take a turn at the paddle.
There are many different styles of kayaks and canoes that our participants bring along. RCRCA provides some canoes and kayaks at no charge, on a first come, first serve basis.
Two people enjoying canoeing on the river.
One of our local DNR employees brought his family on the Cottonwood River canoe trip.
A lunch is provided at the end of the canoe trip.
Our local DNR employee enjoying lunch with his family after the canoe trip.
The Flandreau State Park in New Ulm has a narrow trail to bring the equipment off the river. This year the river was high and recent rains made for slippery, slow going.
Fritz Busch joined us on Cottonwood River canoe trip and wrote an article on his experience.
A beautiful day on the Cottonwood River, several canoers just starting out.
Three young ladies canoeing down the Cottonwood River.