By Jim Umhoefer
Hubbard, Wadena, Todd, Cass and Morrison counties. 110 miles, from 10th Crow Wing Lake near Akely to the Mississippi River at Crow Wing State Park.
Rising in a chain of 10 lakes in southern Hubbard County, the Crow Wing River flows through low marshy lands for its first 20 miles.
The river broadens and the banks increase in height as it continues southward. Although there are many cottages and homes along the river, the tree cover is dense enough that you'll get a wilderness feeling as you paddle downstream. The vegetation varies from evergreens to maples, basswoods and cottonwoods, with grasslands and bogs scattered along the way.