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A couple weeks ago, Cliff Johnson sent in some photos of Little Rapids, near the Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center.

Now, Jerrod Larson sent in some more great photos detailing the first section of Little Rapids.

There are two sets of rapids in the Little Rapids, as illustrated in the attached Google Earth image from 2004 when the Minnesota River level was also low.

Here's the description from "Minnesota Geographic Names," by Warren Upham, first published in 1920: "At Little Rapids of the Minnesota River, adjoining the southeast quarter of section 31, Carver, a ledge of the Jordan sandstone running across the river bed causes a fall of two feet; and again about a quarter of a mile up the river its bed is similarly crossed by this sandstone, having there a fall of slightly more than one foot. In the stage of low water, these very slight falls prevent the passage of boats; but at a fuller stage the river wholly covers the ledges, with no perceptible rapid descent, being then freely navigable."

The exposed sandstone rapids Larson photographed are on the Scott County side of the river. It required some hiking in the Louisville Swamp unit for Larson to reach the rapids.

For more on the history of the rapids, click here.
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