More information under Grants - Lake Redwood Reclamation
RCRCA received a planning grant for the Cottonwood-Middle Minnesota One Watershed One Plan. More information under Grants - CW-MM 1W1P page.
We have scheduled our Annual Canoe Trips for June 27th and June 29th on the Redwood River. Please check our Outreach page for details and forms that need to be filled out to participate.
2023 Canoe Trips
The Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) hosted two trips down the Redwood River on June 27 and June 29. 48 people enjoyed the voyage using their own canoes and kayaks, or ones provided by RCRCA. The guests are provided with snacks and beverages before the voyage, and a meal and refreshments upon their arrival to Perk’s Park. Transportation is also provided by RCRCA for the guests to be delivered to the launch site on County Road 6. This educational event has not happened since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 and the dredging of Lake Redwood in 2022. The canoe trips down the Cottonwood and Redwood Rivers started in 2000 and have been an annual event ever since. For more information or to request to be put onto the mailing list for the 2024 trips, please visit www.rcrca.com or our Facebook page.
The Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) is an eight county non-regulatory joint powers organization which was established in 1983. RCRCA works to enhance and protect the Redwood and Cottonwood Rivers by making land use changes that improve water quality.
Its purpose is to develop and implement plans for the Redwood and Cottonwood watersheds to:
protect property, streams and lakes from sedimentation and pollution;
maintain and improve the quality of water in streams, lakes and ground water;
protect property from flood damages;
control erosion of land; and
improve recreational and wildlife opportunities.
These points are summarized in our mission statement: RCRCA, in cooperation with partner groups and landowners, works to improve water quality, reduce erosion, and enhance recreational opportunities by providing education, outreach, monitoring and technical assistance within the watershed boundaries.
Members include the counties and soil and water conservation districts of Brown, Cottonwood, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, and Yellow Medicine. It is governed by a sixteen member Board of Director's that meet monthly. RCRCA is a recognized leader in watershed management, working with local, state and federal agencies, as well as private foundations to distribute information, and to finance and carry out programs of benefit to the two watersheds.
Joint Area II/RCRCA Meetings are the first Thursday of the month alternating between Marshall & Redwood Falls.
December 7, 2023 - Board Meeting - Thursday
Redwood County Learning Center - Hyrbid
January 4, 2024 - Board Meeting - Thursday
Lyon County Government Center - Hybrid
February 1, 2024 - Board Meeting - Thursday
Redwood County Learning Center - Hybrid
March 7, 2024 - Board Meeting - Thursday
Lyon County Government Center - Hybrid
Lyon County Commissioner's Room - Lyon County Courthouse, 607 W. Main, Marshall, MN 56258
Redwood Government Center - Learning Center, 501 S. Mill Street, Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Monday-Friday 8:00 to 4:30
RCRCA has four canoes and four kayaks that are available for rent to explore the Redwood and Cottonwood watersheds. We also have a trailer for both the canoes and kayaks the available for use.
Canoes - $10 per day - 2 paddles and 2 life jackets are included.
Kayaks - $5 per day - paddle and life jacket is included.
Deposit of $50 per canoe or kayak rented. Deposit is refunded when the canoe or kayak is returned in good condition.
Please call our office in advance to check availability and make arrangements to pick them up.
Phone: 507-532-1325 office.
RCRCA - Canoe/Kayak Rental Agreement below
2023 Canoe Trips will be on June 27th and June 29th.
We will be going down the Redwood River both times.
Canoe Trip flyer is on the website on the Outreach page.
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