By Jim Umhoefer
Minnesota's newest designated canoe route is a clear, scenic river that families and beginning canoeists can enjoy. The Pine River has occasional Class I rapids that may be impassable in low water.
The route could be regarded as three separate sections. Most river trips on the upper stretch run from the Cass County 118 Bridge to the Whitefish chain of lakes. To reach the bridge, take Highway 84 north of the town of Pine River to County 118 and turn left. The river flows through an area of mixed hardwoods and conifers, mostly birch, elm, jack pine and red pine. Some farmland interrupts the forest along the riverbank. Read more: