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PostPosted: February 7th, 2012, 11:13 pm 
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I'm looking for suggestions for early/mid-April 2012 canoe routes for beginners. I am bringing my wife for her first overnight canoe trip (she has done a lot of backpacking but limited paddling).

In any case, I'm in Sask and the North is simply too cold in April to venture into. I'm hoping someone can let me know if the weather is good enough for a comfortable 2-3 night trip in April to MN? Any suggested routes?

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PostPosted: February 8th, 2012, 8:42 am 
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Canoe route for beginner in early to mid April? In Minnesota?

Interesting as ice out tends toward the end of April and early May and trippers take precautions for cold water till mid June.

Even farther south at lat 44 where I am , ice is not out till the first of May most years.

There is a reason people from Canada head to Arkansas in April. Usually but not always the temperature at night is above freezing.

The South is not as warm as you think..

Here is an ice out map for Minnesota in 2011

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ice_out/index.html


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PostPosted: February 8th, 2012, 2:30 pm 
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I think MN paddlers on the whitewater rivers in April, full drysuits. Sounds like pretty early season paddling.

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