Canoe Trail - Reno Bottoms - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

The refuge lies within the beautiful bluff country. Diverse habitats such as marshes, wooded islands, bottomland forests and upland prairies are home to wildlife. Paddle the canoe trail to enjoy an intimate look at this river refuge

River wildlife is seen in this "wilder" section of the refuge.

There are 3 take-out points along the trail: Millstone, New Albin and Visger's landings.

You should plan to take the longer route during high water. (usually spring when snow melts)
Reno spillway access to New Albin Landing is a 14 mile route so plan between 4-8 hours.

Reno Spillway access to Millstone Landing i
s a 7 mile stretch and you should plan on 2-4 hours. Pickerel Slough merges with the canoe trail about halfway to Millstone Landing. Use the map and follow the signs to make your way through the maze of islands and marsh.

Reno Spillway access to Visger's Landing is a 10 mile stretch and you should plan on  4-5  hours. During high water use Ice Haul Slough, located about 0.5 miles south of Millstone Landing. I
During Low water you will have to go around the islands and paddle a short distance upstream to the landing.

Reno Spillway access to Visger's to New Albin Army Road Landing is a 4 mile stretch taking 1-2 hours. The trail crosses large expanses of open water. Be aware of wind conditions.

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Latitude: 43.602562 Longitude: -91.271912 Elevation: 638 ft
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Cindy Samples


Recreational Opportunities

The trail is located off Highway 26, just east of Reno, Minnesota. Be prepared to carry your gear from the parking lot, across the railroad tracks, down to the launch site on the south side of Lock and Dam 8 spillway.

"I have to say, this is my most favorite signed trail on the refuge.  It allows for me to see the wilder stretch of river refuge. I can't see any development from this trail and I like the way it makes me feel when I'm paddling on this trail."  Ranger Cindy

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