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Row, row, row: Cottage Grove Parks Department hosts Mississippi canoe event

Canoers row through the backwaters near the Hazen P. Mooer Park during the Canoe the Backwaters event Aug. 18. Courtesy of Cottage Grove Parks and Recreation Department 1 / 2
About 40 people canoed the backwaters of the Mississippi River with the Parks and Recreation Department Aug. 18. Courtesy of Cottage Grove Parks and Recreation2 / 2

COTTAGE GROVE — Parks and Recreation held its final river access event for the summer, but it certainly won't be the last for the city.

The sold-out sessions were filled by 40 eager canoers paddling along the Mississippi River backwaters in morning and afternoon sessions Aug. 18.

Earlier this summer, the city held an Explore Grey Cloud Island event to re-familiarize the community with the area on the edge of the city.

The city is planning similar events for the future, to continue encouraging residents to be active near the river.