Shell Rock River State Water Trail, Freeborn County, MN

SRRSWT - Shell Rock River State Water Trail Destination for Recreation Explore and enjoy over 25 miles of lake and river on the Shell Rock River State Water Trail.

This trail begins in the historic city of Albert Lea, Minnesota and continues on thru lakes, rivers and communities until you reach the Iowa border. Your adventure will include city amenities, rural life, and nature in its most pristine condition. Don’t worry about getting back to your vehicle, shuttle services for you and your gear are available anywhere along your journey!

Mission: To establish and maintain a water trail within the Shell Rock River Watershed District to educate and promote conservation of the natural water resources within Freeborn County.

River Level Map: Minnesota DNR

New MN DNR site for current water trail conditions...

Albert Lea ceremony celebrates Minnesota's newest state water trail

It's not everyday that you can say how proud you are for living in a place where you have so many friends and a community that has so much to offer, but today was definitely one of those days! Thank you to everyone that attended today and to all of you that helped to make the Shell Rock River State Water Trail something to be grateful for... "Keep on Paddling Never Just go with the Flow!" A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday afternoon in Albert Lea for Minnesota's newest state water trail. State Sen. Dan Sparks and State Rep. Peggy Bennett were among those in attendance at Fr...

New sign panels were installed today on the iPaddlePort station providing information about the SRRSWT.

Shell Rock River State Water Trail: Minnesota DNR

Check out the new information just added to the Minnesota DNR website... The Shell Rock River is a 113-mile scenic, warm and gentle Minnesota stream that begins its southeast journey to the Mississippi River at the outlet of Albert Lea Lake southeast of the city of Albert Lea, joining the Cedar and Iowa Rivers along its course. From the headwaters at Fountain Lake, the S...

Let the Paddling begin!!! The iPaddlePort 2016 Season is Now Open!!!
Have a safe and Wonderful Experience and enjoy the newly designated SRRSWT - Shell Rock River State Water Trail.

Safety Video

In our efforts to make paddling a safer experience for everyone, we have added a safety video to the iPaddlePort reservation system. This video is available in the menu, gallery and included as a recommend link on all invoices. Self-Serve Paddle Sport Equipment Sharing Stations

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Looking for something to do? Enjoy the SRRWT by renting your equipment here...

It's time for some education...
Today you may have seen a significant amount of green stuff on our local lakes and waterways. Be happy! What you are seeing is an aquatic plant known as DuckWeed (Lemnoideae). It is a sign that our area watershed is healing after many years of neglect and better conditions are coming. Please read the following information which can be found on Wikipedia...

One of the more important factors influencing the distribution of wetland plants, and aquatic plants in particular, is nutrient availability.[4] Duckweeds tend to be associated with fertile, even eutrophic conditions. Duckweed can be spread by waterfowl and small mammals, transported inadvertently on their feet and bodies,[5] as well as by moving water. In water bodies with constant currents or overflow, the plants are carried down the water channels and do not proliferate greatly. In some locations, a cyclical pattern driven by weather patterns exists in which the plants proliferate greatly during low water flow periods, then are carried away as rainy periods ensue.

Duckweed is an important high-protein food source for waterfowl and also is eaten by humans in some parts of Southeast Asia. As it contains more protein than soybeans, it is sometimes cited as a significant potential food source.[6] The tiny plants provide cover for fry of many aquatic species. The plants are used as shelter by pond water species such as bullfrogs and bluegills. They also provide shade and, although frequently confused with them, can reduce certain light-generated growths of photoautotrophic algae.

The plants can provide nitrate removal, if cropped, and the duckweeds are important in the process of bioremediation because they grow rapidly, absorbing excess mineral nutrients, particularly nitrogen and phosphates. For these reasons they are touted as water purifiers of untapped value.[7]

The Swiss Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries, SANDEC, associated with the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology, asserts that as well as the food and agricultural values, duckweed also may be used for waste water treatment to capture toxins and for odor control, and, that if a mat of duckweed is maintained during harvesting for removal of the toxins captured thereby, it prevents the development of algae and controls the breeding of mosquitoes.[8] The same publication provides an extensive list of references for many duckweed-related topics.

These plants also may play a role in conservation of water because a cover of duckweed will reduce evaporation of water when compared to the rate of a similar size water body with a clear surface.

Thank you for reading this and like DuckWeed, please spread the word. :)

Shell Rock River Water Trail now a state trail | Albert Lea Tribune

Press Release... Two Shell Rock River Watershed District projects became a reality this weekend ...

The SRRWT - Shell Rock River Water Trail, is now a Minnesota DNR State Water Trail! Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill, which included our request, into law on Saturday. Thanks to everyone that has helped to make this a reality.

Have you paddled the channel from the Golden Point Launch to the Fountain Lake Dam yet? Very scenic and fun!

It's going to be a Great Weekend to paddle the SRRWT...
Good current and lots of wildlife along the way...
Post your pictures, comments and you could win a prize!

Shell Rock River State Water Trail, Freeborn County, MN's cover photo

Attention: As more and more people begin to experience the new SRRWT and it's beauty, please respect all private lands along its borders. We are attempting to make it more accessible along its route by providing more public access points.

From Minnesota Water Statutes and Rules:
Trespassing on private property
The belief that the state owns a strip of land around all Minnesota lakes for public use is absolutely false. Riparian property (property abutting a lake, river, or wetland) is either privately or publicly owned. The general public can access water bodies or watercourses via public property, but not through private property. Individuals entering private property without permission from the landowner are trespassing and may be prosecuted under the state trespass laws. It is illegal to trespass on private property in order to gain access to a water body or watercourse without first obtaining the verbal or written permission from a landowner.

If you haven't yet experienced the SRRWT, now is the time! Beautiful day with my son Logan Howe and his friend Chay.

Shell Rock River State Water Trail, Freeborn County, MN's cover photo

And now... Even more great News!! The railroad bridge in the Albert Lea channel has also been cleared of debris!! (Thank you Shell Rock River Watershed District) We now have clear paddling from Edgewater Park to the Iowa border. Only 2 dam portages' and you can experience 25 miles of water!

The Glenville railroad bridge is now free of debris and allows for clear paddling. The water is also very clear! Time to enjoy the trail...

Thanks to everyone that helped in the Lake-Clean-Up today and especially the Albert Lea Lakes Foundation and the Shell Rock River Watershed District. We now live in an even more beautiful place!!

Albert Lea Lake Cleanup Today!
12 noon, Frank Hall Park.
Sponsored by: Albert Lea Lakes Foundation
Come and show you care and maybe even win a prize :)

Shell Rock River State Water Trail, Freeborn County, MN's cover photo

Shell Rock River trail closer to designation | Albert Lea Tribune

We are very close to having our trail designated! We can only hope for positive decisions to come. Legislation designating the trail within the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources system passed the Senate floor Wednesday as part of the Environment and Natural Resources Budget Bill and is expected to come to the House floor on Friday.

[04/14/15]   Great News!
Albert Lea City Council approves self-serve canoe, kayak rental station location

Great News! The new Albert Lea Lake dam is now in operation controlling the rivers flow. Fish barrier activation still to come.

Great times for SRRWT! Albert Lea Dam construction is progressing and the water is clear to the bottom and clearing of ice!

Kayaking the Siltcoos river

Maybe another option for Fountain Lake Dam?
Start watching at 1:20 to see the canoe/kayak ramp.

Kayak day trip down the Siltcoos River on the central Oregon Coast. Including a portage at the Siltcoos River Dam.

Siltcoos River Canoe Trail * South Coast Geo-Navy * Part 1

Maybe another option for Fountain Lake Dam crossing?? Start watching at 2:40 to see the canoe/kayak ramp.

South Coast Geocachers taking a kayak trip down the Siltcoos River Canoe Trail on the central Oregon coast.

Shell Rock River State Water Trail, Freeborn County, MN's cover photo

DNR/MPCA Cooperative Stream Gaging: Minnesota DNR

As we get closer to open water on the SRRWT, visit the DNR Shell Rock River site report for current conditions. Most Recent Data - cross section Stage: 87.35 ft at Mar 12, 2015 09:00 CST Flow: 74.3561 ft3/sec at Mar 12, 2015 09:00 CST

Shell Rock River State Water Trail, Freeborn County, MN's cover photo

[03/11/15]   How cool would this be on the side of Fountain Lake Dam?

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Shell Rock River State Water Trail, Freeborn County, MN's cover photo

Albert Lea Dam progress...

[03/02/15]   Trail DNR designation is moving along...

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