Island River Canoe Route, MN

US Forest Service

Island River Canoe Route

This eight mile stream route provides a different experience than the standard lake-to-lake canoeing.  A narrow twisting stream brings wildlife on shore close to your canoe.  The current flows...[more]



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From MN 1 in Isabella:

  • Take FR 170 (Wanless Rd) to the east.
  • Drive 1 mile to FR 369 (Trappers Lake Rd).  Turn left.
  • Drive 4.5 miles to a fork.  Take the right hand fork, continuing on FR 369 (which, while the number remains the same becomes the Sawbill Landing Road).
  • Drive 4 miles to the intersection with FR 174 / FR 356.  Turn left on FR 356 (FR 174 goes to the right).
  • At 0.3 miles, there is a fork.  Take the righthand fork to stay on FR 356.
  • Drive 2 miles on FR 356.  
  • Just past the Section 29 Lake Campground, turn left on FR 913.
  • Drive FR 913 to its end in 2.5 miles at the Comfort Lake carry down access.

Comfort Lake is the start of the Island River Canoe Route.

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