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EVENT: River History Weekend

June 13, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

For this year’s River History Weekend on Saturday, June 13th, CURE is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other organizations to make the Minnesota River Public Paddle a success. The goal of the Public Paddle is to round up enough people to paddle all 318 miles of the Minnesota River in a single day. In addition to guided paddling trips, CURE’s River History Weekend will include other outdoor activities, such as a bluebird hike in the morning and a campfire dinner followed by an open mic session in the evening at Upper Sioux Agency State Park.

If you are interested in learning more about the “River in a Day” event, visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/riverinaday.html


10:00 AM

CURE paddlePaddle I – Memorial Park to Upper Sioux Agency State Park

The first public paddle will begin from Memorial Park near Granite Falls and end at Upper Sioux Agency State Park. CURE Board Member, Brian Wojtalewicz, will lead this 8-mile paddle through the newly formed Minnesota Falls rapids in the Minnesota River.

Who: intermediate to advance paddlers who have experienced rapids (wooden canoes are NOT recommended)

Cost: $10 for CURE members with their own canoe or kayak and $35 per person for non-members (includes CURE annual membership). Your fees help cover our costs for staff and shuttling. Participants must have their own kayak and canoe – CURE will not be providing canoes or kayaks for this trip.

Paddle II – Skalbekken County Park to Vicksburg County Park

The second public paddle will begin at Skalbekken County Park and end at Vicksburg County Park. Peg Furshong, CURE’s Events and Adventures Coordinator, will lead this 13-mile paddle through some of the most scenic parts of the Minnesota River.

Who: intermediate paddlers who can navigate rapids and paddle for 4 to 5 hours. Participants are encouraged to bring their own canoe or kayak.

Cost: $10 for CURE members with their own canoe or kayak and $35 per person for non-members and includes a CURE annual membership. Your fees help cover our costs for staff and shuttling.

CURE does have a limited number of canoes and kayaks available for this public paddle but you must register in advance.

To participate in one of CURE’s public paddles or evening activities, you must pre-register by noon on Friday, June 12th, with CURE by either emailing us at or calling us at 1-877-269-2873.

10:30 am

BluebirdBluebird Hike at Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Not a paddler but looking for a way to participate in River History Weekend? Join MN Master Naturalist, Jill Bedel, on Saturday, June 13th, to learn about the bluebirds living at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park. The first part of the session will be inside learning about bluebird habitat. You will also learn how to select and care for bluebird nest boxes on your own property. The second half of the session will be outside on the bluebird trail. Participants can follow a map or use GPS navigation to find the bluebird houses located throughout the park. GPS units will be available for those wanting to borrow one.

Participants may want to bring their own GPS unit or use a GPS navigation app on their smart phone. They should dress in layers and wear supportive hiking shoes. It is suggested to bring a water bottle, bug spray, and a camera.

Location: Meet in the Activity Room at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park
Who: All ages, no limit
Activity level: Moderate
Admission to Upper Sioux Agency State Park is free on this day.

geocaching1:00 PM

Geo-caching at Lac qui Parle State Park

Become part of the geo-caching craze! Join us on June 13th as we offer a geo-caching tutorial at the park. Participants will learn how to enter coordinates, set waypoints, and navigate using a GPS device. Participants will also search for geo cashes hidden with in the park. 13 GPS devises are available for participant use, but some sharing may be required. Program will begin at 1 PM. No registration is necessary.

For more information, please call 320-734-4450.

Directions: Approximately 1/2 mile north of Watson on US Highway 59 and State Highway 7, then west on Chippewa County Road 13.

This event is a collaboration between the DNR and CURE in the effort to get more people out on the landscape enjoying all that southwestern Minnesota has to offer.

5:00 PM

Dinner at Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Bring your lawn chair as we gather at the picnic area near the boat landing near the confluence of the Yellow Medicine and the Minnesota River. CURE will provide burgers and hotdogs with the fixings. A free will donation will be accepted and participants are asked to bring a desert to share.

RSVP is requested so that we have enough food for everyone. Please call our office at 320-269-2984 or email Peg Furshong at .

Camp Fire6:30 PM

S’mores at the campfire and Open Mic on the River

Bring a lawn chair and a poem, story, or song to share with others. Don’t forget the bug spray!