Kohl's Resort is at the top of the world, well, at least at the
top of the Continental Divide. Near us is the only place in the
world that the Mississippi heads north. It travels north for 35 miles and enters
into Lake Bemidji. The river then travels East, and your
Minnesota Canoeing trip will pick it up 15 miles from Lake
Bemidji, just below the Dam.
As your canoe enters the river,
one of the 1st animals you'll see is one of the many bald eagles
that live in that stretch of the river. Your guide will leave
you and travel by land to set up a campfire lunch at the shore
of the river. For the first part of your trip you and your
family will travel for approximately one hour and fifteen
minutes through some of the most beautiful and serine stretches
of the river. There will be almost no trace of human life other
than your family. This part of the Mississippi river has a width of
about 25 feet and varies from ankle deep to about 6 feet in
depth. The river will twist and turn, and at each corner you
will scare up anything from Eagles, to Ducks, and Herons. The
list goes on and on. You will probably see 50 different species
of birds, not to mention the occasional deer, porcupine, or
At this point you will come upon an island. There stands your
canoe guide, and your shore lunch is waiting. Nothing beats
lunch cooked over the open fire, fresh lemonade, the meal topped
off with a cookie treat. Now is a great time to start sharing
those stories of anything interesting along the way. The landing
we are at is called Island View Canoe landing. It has 2 small
shelters, an outhouse, and a place for a campfire. After lunch
and pictures your group will be on the journey back.
Now keep watch the drift wood for turtles. There should be
many of them sunning themselves. This section of the river will
change a little as it widens slightly, and has more lowlands
around it. This is the spot for the only rapids along the trip.
It is small and safe, but still gets the blood flowing.
This trip is rated a family safe adventure, slow and easy, a
great canoeing adventure. Just keep the canoe facing forward and
let the current take you. During this trip you will see such
fish species as trout, northern, muskie, bass, carp, walleye,
Bring a rod and make some casts. I have never had any
fisherperson get skunked on this section of the river. This last
section of the river is about one hour and twenty-five minutes.
Your guide will be waiting with ice cold waters at the vehicle
and canoe trailer. The return trip takes us through the city of
Bemidji, where you can see the south end of Lake Bemidji. As
another great day comes to an end, more family memories are
made. Thanks for making us part of them.