The Des Moines River, the only state canoe route in the southwestern corner of Minnesota, has become a favorite of families and beginners because of its easygoing nature and variety of wildlife.
The route begins below the Talcot Lake Dam, where you can launch from accesses on either side of the river. Some canoeists put in above the dam and paddle along the lake's north shore to the Talcot Lake Wildlife Area to photograph the waterfowl. County Highway 7 cuts across the eastern edge of this refuge and also crosses the river near the accesses. Read more: