Last night we camped at Rich River park near Richmond. A large family came to fish and caught a big catfish. We went to bed and woke up around midnight as a thunderstorm raged around us; neither of us could sleep until it passed, which it did without any big hail or wind, thankfully. When we woke up we began our journey through the "Chain of Lakes", a series of lakes formed in part by the damming of the Sauk River in the city of Cold Spring. The chain has more than 80 miles of shoreline and has many beautiful homes and cabins. Right away we ran into people fishing in the misty, foggy morning. The lakes were beautiful. We got a little confused winding our way though the narrow channels, but actually made great time. I got a close-up picture of a turtle on a log; we saw more pelicans and some granite outcroppings (Cold Spring is well known for it's granite). Tomorrow we will finish our journey with a 22 mile trip from Cold Spring to the Mississippi River, passing by a Tamarack bog on either side of the river and running some rapids in St. Cloud. Should be fun and it will feel great to have successfully paddled the entire river.
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- June 19th Cold Spring to St. Cloud and the Mississippi River
- June 18th Richmond to Cold Spring
- June 17th Spring Hill to Richmond
- June 16th Melrose to Spring Hill
- June 15th Sauk Centre to Melrose
- June 14th Little Sauk Lake to Sauk Centre
- June 13th County Road 4 to Little Sauk Lake
- June 12th Lake Osakis to County Road 4
- June 8th Reconnaissance Mission to Lake Osakis
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