On July 13, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) crew creates a walk-in access for launching canoes and kayaks on Turtle Creek in southwest Austin. A multi-agency partnership led by the Cedar River Watershed District funded and created the access to support paddlers on Turtle Creek and those seeking to connect one mile downstream with the Cedar River State Water Trail.

New walk-in access opens on Turtle

Partnership creates launch for canoes, kayaks that connects to Cedar River State Water Trail

CRWD’s Tim Ruzek (center) explains the Turtle Creek access project July 19, 2022, at the site joined by (left to right) Jon Erichson, Turtle Creek Watershed District board member; Austin Mayor Steve King; Jeff Austin, at-large Austin City Council member; and James Fett, administrator of Turtle Creek Watershed District.
Highlighted is the boundary of the public property that includes the new Turtle Creek walk-in access on the northwest side of the 12th Street Southwest (MN Hwy. 105) bridge. This 1.5-acre, former residential property was acquired in 2021 by the City of Austin through flood mitigation.
Crews with the MN Dept. of Natural Resources create a walk-in access July 13, 2022, along Turtle Creek, a Cedar River tributary, on flood-mitigation property owned by the City of Austin.
Turtle Creek in June 2021 as it flows toward Austin’s 4th Drive Southwest bridge not far from its confluence with the Cedar River State Water Trail. Photo by Coulter Wood.
Kayakers float Turtle Creek in August 2020 on Austin’s west side. Photo by Jens Raffelson.

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Cedar River Watershed District

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.