Urban Rivers: Southeast
Greenbelt on the mighty Mississip'
Minneapolis sprang up around St. Anthony Falls, the only true waterfall on the Mississippi. Not only did the falls stop navigation up the river, they provided a source of hydropower for flour milling. The flour mills are gone, but a greenbelt now surrounds the perimeter of downtown and Minnehaha Creek, providing an almost continuous parkland along both sides of the Mississippi River: You'll find several access points both in town and right outside. Paddlers have been known to run Minnehaha Creek, though fallen trees or accumulated debris can pose a hazard. Minneapolis has a long history of competitive rowing, which is usually a good sign for those seeking clean water and good access. Added bonus: all the lush, green area along rivers and creeks make Minneapolis one of the best cities for birdwatching.
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