Kayaking the Rum River (Anoka, MN)

As far back as I can remember, my family has kayaked. We’ve gone down the Mississippi river, through locks and dams, chains of lakes, and countless creeks. It’s become a tradition to get out on the water as much as we can. Naturally, when I came home to visit this week, we decided to go to one of our common kayak routes on the Rum River.

Spring just began in Minnesota and this week was filled with 70 degree weather. The trees are still bare and the grass looks as though it’s nervous to start growing again – just incase there’s a mid-April blizzard. Although the breezes are chilly, the air is crisp and perfect to be outside in.


It’s been over a year since I last visited. Everything feels a little different. There aren’t as many oak trees where I live in South Carolina. It’s odd to be surrounded by them again. The Minnesotan accent has become easy to hear. I notice it in everyone I talk to. Even being around family feels unusual.


Nonetheless, we gather our kayaks and bring them to the shore. The Rum River park in Anoka County is great because the river loops around the park. You can put your boats in at one launch, then kayak an hour down the river, and finish almost where you started.


This was Nelly’s first kayaking adventure!


It felt good to be out on the water again. Sounds disappear and you can almost feel the stillness around you. Nature brings about a different kind of therapy.


Nelly seemed to enjoy the scenery. She just stuck her head out of Jamie’s kayak and looked around. Occasionally I’d kayak over and bump her boat to see if I could get her to jump out into the water.


There were turtles laying out on the rocks and as we passed, they jumped off and left ripples in the water. The sun was hidden behind clouds, so I don’t know why the turtles were out.

Here’s a few more images from the trip:






If you would like to find more information on Rum River or Anoka County Parks, head on over to their website!


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