Update: The float has been postponed to a date later this summer to be determined. The recent rains has caused the river level to rise to unsafe conditions for the float. Stay tuned for the new date.
Friends of the Root River invites you to join our float trip on the Root River on Sunday, June 23 from the canoe launch near the Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan, MN, to the canoe launch at Peterson, MN. Members of FORR and other naturalists will be on hand to discuss the river’s many features, including flora and fauna. Families and individuals interested in nature, the river and water quality are encouraged to take part. Bring your own kayak, canoe or rent one from one of the outfitters in Lanesboro or Whalen. There is space available for six people on a raft provided by Mitch Gilbert for those that are unable to paddle or do not have a watercraft of their own.
To get to the launch, go to Whalan and follow signs for the Cedar Valley Resort. Then continue on Deep River Road to the launch site. Signs will be posted by FORR to assist you. Have your watercraft at the canoe launch near Whalan by 1 p.m. We will shuttle cars to our take out at Peterson. The flotilla will leave at 2 p.m. One group will stay near the raft and will take about 4 hours to reach the Peterson take out, as we will do more floating and looking than all out paddling. Those wishing to go more quickly can follow a FORR member leading the paddle group ahead of the raft. Please bring water and snacks as it can be a long day on the river. Watermelon will be waiting for everyone at the end of the float.
Please respond by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FORRMN/ if you are going to attend. Also, space on the raft will be reserved to the first six people requesting a spot.
Hope to see you all there.
Friends of the Root River and the public are invited to our annual meeting in the Rushford Village Hall on Wednesday, November 28. The address is 43038 MN-30, Rushford (click here for Google map). The business meeting begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by a light dinner at 6:00 p.m. Our speaker this year, John Bruihler of the Rush-Pine Farmer-Led Council, will speak at 6:30 p.m. to their successes in improving both soil health and water quality.
Thank you to the supporters who helped with river clean-up day this past weekend. The weather and river conditions were challenging, nonetheless we managed to haul in several bags of garbage from the area.
We will be holding our annual river cleanup on Saturday, September 29th, 2018 in Peterson MN. Come help us preserve the natural beauty of the river this fall. We will gather at the canoe landing at 9 AM and plan to end around 11 AM. Click here to contact us if you have questions or can lend a boat for the project. Spread the word!
River cleanup on Saturday, September 29th from 9 to 11 am in Peterson. We will meet at the DNR canoe landing at the intersection of Hwy 16 and County Road 25 (Mill St.) at the edge of Peterson. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Wear sturdy shoes or waders/hip boots and bring a life jacket if you can. Due to this week’s rain and the possibility of rain next week, we will make a decision at the end of the day on Thursday, Sept. 27th whether or not to go ahead with the cleanup depending on river flow conditions. Check the website and Facebook after Thursday for an update.
Friends of the Root River will sponsor a float trip on the Root River on Saturday, July 28 from Moen’s Bridge on Fillmore County 21 to the County 250 bridge. Mitch Gilbert and George Spangler will act as naturalist guides. Families and individuals interested in nature, the river and water quality are invited to take part. Bring your own Kayak, canoe or rent one from Little River General Store in Lanesboro (507-467-2943) and take it to the canoe landing at Moen’s Bridge on County 21 beginning at 1:30 p.m. There is space available for six people on the raft. (Bring lawn chairs) We will shuttle cars to our take out at the County 250 bridge. The flotilla will leave at 2 p.m. and take about 4 hours to reach the County 250 Bridge as we will do more floating and looking than all out paddling.