MRC Map 2: Cloquet Island Segment
River mile: 876 - 874
This quiet, winding reach of river is lined with big trees, undeveloped islands, and scattered homes. It is not uncommon to find bald eagles watching from the trees or soft-shelled turtles sunning themselves on logs and driftwood in the backwater areas around the islands. Remnants of the area's original hardwood forest and prairie vegetation can also be seen along the river. In many ways, this stretch of river feels more like the Upper St. Croix, a national scenic riverway, than the semi-suburban Mississippi.
Public access along this stretch can be found at Cloquet Scenic Overlook Park (875.5 W) and on a short stretch of trail in Ramsey (875 E). The park is on Dayton River Road on the bluffs above Cloquet Island and the Mississippi River.
Did You Know?
The river is so shallow at Lake Itasca that children can walk across the Mississippi. Between Governor Nicholls Wharf and Algiers Point in New Orleans, the Mississippi is more than 200 feet deep.