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Lower Des Moines River

Wide, curving stream running through flat grasslands and fields.

The Lower Des Moines River watershed is located in southwestern Minnesota. It covers approximately 703,000 acres.

The river is used for recreational activities such as fishing, tubing, snowmobiling, and canoeing. It is also a valuable fisheries resource with the following species of fish prevalent throughout the watershed: northern pike, buffalo, carp, walleye, channel catfish, crappie, and bullhead. Land use is primarily agricultural.


Katherine Pekarek-Scott
Watershed project manager