Canoeing on the Rum River

Adventure awaits.Canoe and kayak the Rum River.

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Plan your next adventure on the Rum River when you visit Minnesota. The mouth of the Rum River begins on Lake Mille Lacs and flows 145 miles to Anoka, where it joins with the Mississippi River.

The Rum River includes wild, scenic, and recreational segments—bringing diverse challenges for those with varying canoe and kayak skill levels. Water levels are usually just right for paddling the Rum, even featuring Class I to Class II rapids throughout the summer to keep you on your toes.

Kayaking in the fog

The Rum provides an enjoyable canoe and kayak adventure when you visit Minnesota’s Lake Mille Lacs. As you paddle your kayak or canoe, you’ll explore the ever-twisting river shoreline, abundant waterfowl and wildlife, and immerse yourself in the seldom-seen side of Lake Mille Lacs. Since it passes through Mille Lacs Kathio State Park and the Rum River State Forest, camping is another option to explore on your kayak or canoe adventure.

As an added value, the Rum River features slot-free fishing of the prized walleye. You can also enjoy smallmouth bass fishing along the river and northern pike near the headwaters as you relax and fish from your kayak or canoe. And don’t worry, even if you don’t have your own, you will find kayak and canoe rentals located conveniently nearby.

You’ll also enjoy the Rum River’s scenic landscape, abundant wildlife, and glimpses of its rich history. Burial mounds, ricing pits, copper tools, and other artifacts have been found throughout the area, dating back more than 3,000 years!

When you visit Minnesota’s inland sea, Lake Mille Lacs, keep your eyes open for all the adventures that await.

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