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Winona Day Trips

Saturday, October 5, 2019 to Sunday, October 6, 2019
Meet at Prairie Island Campground
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Winona, MN  
Peggy O'Neal
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Join trip leaders Peggy O'Neal and Bernie Graham over the Oct. 5-6 weekend for a couple of day trips in Winona, MN.
Winona is a river town located about 120 miles southeast of the Twin Cities on the Mississippi River.  It has the mighty river itself, big bluffs, barges, winding sloughs, and even a pair of mysterious islands.  Here are photos from prior trips.

Housing is on our own, but many of us will stay at the Prairie Island Campground Saturday night.  You can make reservations online.  $20 per site, and 2 tents per site.

We'll meet at the campground ready to drive to the day's put in at 10:30 AM Saturday morning.  People can either drive down Friday night or early enough Saturday morning to have sorted out lodging and be ready to roll at 10:30. 


We'll plan to paddle a combination of the main river channel and the backwater sloughs each day.  We'll eat dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning at restaurants in Winona. 
Each day's paddle may be up to 15 miles.  We'll paddle up and/or down river from the day's put in and return.  Participants should be comfortable in moving water. The river is big enough and wide enough to have a good sized fetch (up to 4 miles), so it can get windy and generate some good sized waves.
The trips will be level 3 by distance, otherwise level 2. Please review the Anticipated Conditions and Recommended Skills in the ISK Trip Levels document.
Equipment Requirements
  • A sea kayak in good, serviceable condition, and suitable for the intended activity.
  • Flotation in both ends of the boat - bags or bulkheads.
  • Perimeter deck lines.
  • PFD to be worn at all times when in or on the water.
If you have time, consider visiting the excellent Minnesota Marine Art Museum the Friday before or Sunday afternoon. 
Contact Peggy with questions.