RCRCA sponsors a canoe trip on the Redwood River and the Cottonwood River, normally in mid-June. There is no cost to sign up. RCRCA has canoes that people may use and you are encouraged to bring you own so that more individuals may enjoy the experience of the river.
Anyone interested in participating in the RCRCA Annual Canoe trips should contact the RCRCA offices and sign-up (even if you have your own canoe).
You should also download and/or print off a copy of the "Informational Flyer" located below, as well as printing out a copy of the map for your selected trip(s).
Liability waivers must be signed for each participant. You may print, sign and bring a liability form with you to the event or sign a form at the event. Minors under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign off on their waiver & thus should print and bring a signed form with them, unless a parent or guardian will be present to sign a waiver prior to the start of the trip.
Cottonwood River Canoe Trip
We will meet south of Essig at the Cottonwood river canoe access on County Road 11 and canoe into Flandrau State Park, New Ulm.
Cottonwood PDF Map Below
- Link to USGS Cottonwood River Gage - Ideal Range between 500 and 1500 CFS/Flow (Discharge)
Redwood River Canoe Trip -Thursday - June 20, 2019.
We will meet at Perk's Park on Lake Redwood and bus up to the starting point, where the Redwood River crosses CR-6, and canoe to Redwood Lake in Redwood Falls.
Redwood PDF Map Below
- Link to USGS Redwood River Gage - Ideal Range between 300 and 1000 CFS/Flow (Discharge)
2023 Canoe Trip Flyer
2023 Waiver & Release Form
2022 RCRCA & Area II - St. Matthew Youth Group - Adopt -A-Highway Service Project
The Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) and Area II Minnesota River Basin Projects (Area II) proudly sponsor a two-mile stretch of State Highway 19 near Vest to raise the awareness of improving and protecting our water quality. RCRCA has been a sponsor for 26 years as part of MNDOT's Adopt-A-Highway project. On May 15th the St. Matthew Youth Group received a total donation of $400 from RCRCA and Area II for their community service to use for their mission work.
RCRCA Stream Table
RCRCA has a stream table that we have brought to the environmental far to demonstrate to the students on how the river is constantly changing.
Shawn Wohnoutka gives a presentation on what effects our water sources and a little about how we can make the water quality better. The demonstration includes the stream table model which represents a typical watershed with rural and urban sources of pollutants. Within the watershed model, there are several examples of potential sources of pollution as well as sources of protection to keep pollutants from entering the watercourse. The model shows firsthand how the erosion changes the river physically. The students are asked to identify out each potential pollutant or protection source within the model while Shawn describes its relationship to water quality. After this discussion, the stream table is put into action and the students watch the water flow and witness the erosion and damages that occur. The students anticipate what will happen when the floodwaters arrive and really enjoy seeing the streambanks, bridge, animals and other items impacted or washed away with the water. At the end of the demonstration, the students rebuild the river and watershed for the next class. Of course, being able to set up the watershed with potential casualties is always a hit.
Please contact us if you would like
to arrange a presentation
for your group.
Joy or Shawn at 507-532-1325 or email@example.com
This is a time-lapse video of our stream table in action.
During our in-person presentation, the kids will rebuild the model for the following class.
There is always excitement and anticipation of erosion taking place and vehicles, animals, etc. falling into the river.
DO THE RIGHT THING - Every spring as the snow melts away and the grass begins to green, we all start picking up the unsightly remnants of winter and look forward to the warmer, more enjoyable seasons of Minnesota. Some years there is more remnants than other years.
In the Fall of 2020, 2.04 tons of used vehicle tires were thrown over the side of a bridge into Highwater Creek, a large tributary of the Cottonwood River. This incident occurred about one mile southeast of Lamberton between sections 25 and 36 of Lamberton Township.
Upon discovery, the illegal dumping was reported to the Redwood County Sheriff's Office. Approximately 120 tires were retrieved from the water and streambanks by local residents, Kipper Kremin and his sons, Sonny and Fletcher. Matt Arkell joined the effort with a loader and piled the tires upon two hayracks. From there it became a matter of properly disposing of the tires and who would pay that cost.
Lamberton Township sought assistance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as Highwater Creek is a Public Water. With no designated funding for cleanup from DNR, Redwood County and the Redwood/Renville Regional Solid Waste Authority were contacted. Ultimately, the stream of emails came to the Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA). RCRCA was able to provide the funding to dispose of the tires at the Cottonwood Sanitary Landfill that graciously only charged their cost of disposal. Bill Pfarr and Lamberton Township provided the transport of the tires to the facility.
Tires contain chemicals and heavy metals that leach into the environment as the tires breakdown. Some of these chemicals are carcinogenic and mutagenic (cause cancer and gene mutations). Leaching affects the soil around the tire, and when the tire is removed, the soil retains the toxins. Groundwater is another major concern. It toxins get into water, the water can transport toxins to other locations potentially harming animals that come in contact with it. Aquatic life such as algae, zooplankton, snails and fish are also put at risk. The toxic nature of rubber is due to its mineral content containing aluminum, copper, cadmium, iron, chromium, magnesium, sulfur, selenium, manganese, molybdenum, and zinc. Acidic soils and aquatic environments are particularly sensitive to zinc toxicity as heavy metals and other positively charged elements are more available to plants in these soils.
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