Public Paddle seeks to round up enough people to paddle all 318 mi. of the Minnesota River in one day, by committee

For this year’s River History Weekend on Saturday, June 13, CURE is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other organizations to make the Minnesota River Public Paddle a success.

The goal of the Public Paddle is to round up enough people to paddle all 318 miles of the Minnesota River in a single day. In addition to guided paddling trips, CURE’s River History Weekend will include other outdoor activities, such as a bluebird hike in the morning and a campfire dinner followed by an open mic session in the evening at Upper Sioux Agency State Park.

CURE will lead two out of the six public paddles that are scheduled for this day. The first public paddle will begin from Memorial Park near Granite Falls and end at Upper Sioux Agency State Park. CURE Board Member, Brian Wojtalewicz, will lead this 8-mile paddle through the newly formed Minnesota Falls rapids in the Minnesota River. The second public paddle will begin at Skalbekken County Park and end at Vicksburg County Park. Peg Furshong, CURE’s Events and Adventures Coordinator, will lead this 13-mile paddle through some of the most scenic parts of the Minnesota River.

CURE, along with the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, Minneopa State Park Naturalist Scott Kudelka, the Mankato Paddling and Outing Club, and Wild River Academy are teaming up to help make this Minnesota River Public Paddle possible. “Back in January, CURE was contacted by Alex Watson, a Regional Naturalist for the Southern Region of the MN DNR and asked if we would help lead a couple of the public paddle portions of this dynamic first-time-ever event. We’re so glad that we can help make this celebration of our region possible,” noted Peg Furshong, CURE Events and Adventures Coordinator.

If individual’s are not able to take part in one of CURE’s public paddle trips, they can join Minn. Master Naturalist, Jill Bedel, on Saturday morning to learn about the bluebirds living at Upper Sioux Agency State Park. In the evening, people are invited to join CURE at the park for food and a campfire open mic––so please bring a lawn chair and a poem, story, or song to share with others.

To participate in one of CURE’s public paddles or evening activities, you must pre-register by noon on Friday, June 12th, with CURE by either emailing us at peg@cureriver.org or calling us at 1-877-269-2873. Visit www.cureriver.org for more information and a full schedule of River History Weekend events.