Annual Canoe Trip

RCRCA sponsors a canoe trip on the Redwood River and the Cottonwood River, normally in mid-June.  There is no cost to sign up. RCRCA has canoes that people may use and you are encouraged to bring you own so that more individuals may enjoy the experience of the river. Please check the Outreach tab for the details of the canoe trip, see the pictures of past trips, maps and the sign up sheet. Click on the side menu for more.

                                         Minnesota Paddler - 2012 Article on RCRCA's Canoe Trip

Annual Legislative Gathering

RCRCA hosts a joint educational event with Area II Minnesota River Basin Projects, INc. to educate county commissioners, soil and water conservation district supervisors and staff, watershed district managers and staff, area legislators, agency representatives and other interested parties on the annual highlights of both organizations. Click on the side menu for more.     

                                         2018 Powerpoint Presentation

                                         2017 Powerpoint Presentation

                                         2016 Powerpoint Presentation

                                         2015 Powerpoint Presentation

                                         2014 Powerpoint Presentation

Adopt-A Family

In 2016 the RCRCA and Area II employees joined up with the Marshall Minnesota Extension employees to Adopt-A-Family that was working with the Women's Rural Advocay Program. The employees purchased gifts for a family to receive for Christmas. We all helped to make someone's Christmas special and let them feel the spirit of christmas.

Adopt A Highway

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2019 St. Matthew Youth Group Adopt-A-Highway Service Project

The Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) and Area II Minnesota River Basin Projects (Area II) proudly sponsor a two-mile stretch of State Highway 19 near Vesta to raise the awareness of improving and protecting our water quality. RCRCA has been a sponsor for 23 years as part of MNDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program. This stretch is particularly scenic as the Redwood River crosses the highway, however the litter detracts from the beauty of the landscape. To assist in our mission of reducing nutrients and sediments from entering the Cottonwood and Redwood Rivers, it is also important to pick up litter to prevent it from polluting our rivers in addition to the road ditches.

On May 30, members of the St. Matthew Lutheran Youth Group from Wabasso assisted in the spring cleanup effort. RCRCA and Area II presented the group with a donation of $400 for their community service efforts as they fundraise for their upcoming mission trip.

For more information about RCRCA and Area II, please visit their websites: and

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River Clean Up

RCRCA walked along a couple stretches on the canoe trip route for both the Redwood and Cottonwood Rivers picking up garbage and various items found in or on the shore of the river. Click on the side menu for more.

Southwest MN Environmental Fair - Mid September

RCRCA has a stream table that we bring to the environmental far to demostrate to the students on how the river is constantly changing. Shawn Wohnoutka gives a presentation on what effects our water sources and a little about how we can make the water quality better. Please check out the photo album for the pictures of students learning about our rivers. Click on the side menu for more.

Photo Contest - 2007/2008

We held two Photo Contests to showcase our watershed in it's glory in all of the seasons. I realize that it has been a long time since the contests were held, but I feel that the beauty shown in the pictures is timeless. If you stop in our office you can see a larger version of two pictures that were given to us. Please check out the side menu for our contest winning photos. I truly believe you will enjoy them!

Canoe/Kayak Rental

We have canoes and kayaks that are available to rent to the public so that they may enjoy our rivers and lakes in within the Cottonwood and Redwood watersheds. Please click on the side menu for details.


RCRCA has many resources of environmental curriculum for grades K-12. This material is available for loan to educators within the Redwood and Cottonwood River watersheds.Please click on side menu for details.

Poem Contest

In 1997 RCRCA had a 6th grade poem contest for a poem on the Redwood River. The winning group poem was entitled Our Redwood River, written by the 6th Grade of Redwood Valley Middle School. The poem was written several years ago, but it is still relevant today.


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