2013 Best Riparian Corridor

2013 is drawing to a close, and so is the streets.mn Best of 2013.  The last, but certainly not least, “best of” post for 2013 is for riparian corridor.  Readers voted, and the results are in.


Not too surprisingly, the readers chose Minnehaha Creek.  The Creek’s watershed drains 181 square miles, and includes 129 lakes, 27 cities and two townships.  The Creek may be best known for it’s Minneapolis portion, where it accomodates some good urban canoeing and of course, includes part of the Grand Rounds bicycle and walking trail (no rollerbladers please).  The urban portion of the creek provides a transportation link and wonderful linear green space to a dense portion of the metro area.  I assume the Creek’s connection to other chain-o-lakes trails and easy access boosted the votes for this corridor.


Minnehaha Creek portion of the Grand Rounds

But sorry, dear readers.  I’m calling editors choice on this one.  Minnehaha Creek isn’t even riparian during dry times of year.  Yes, the waterfall can be kind of cool.  But it’s a dinky stream most of the time.

Did you know that Minneapolis and Saint Paul have a National Park running right through them?  How many cities can say that?  Along with providing epic scenery, boating, fishing, drinking water, freight hauling, generating electrical power and inspiring possibly the best river-related country song, the Mississippi is also the reason that Saint Paul and Minneapolis exist in the first place!

Take that creek!  Photo courtesy jimmydspics on flickr

Take that creek! Photo courtesy jimmydspics on flickr

Also there is this:


Sorry voters, the Best Riparian Corridor for 2013, or possibly any other year, has got to be the Mighty Mississippi.  See you in 2014!

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2 Responses to 2013 Best Riparian Corridor

  1. Froggie December 31, 2013 at 9:06 pm #



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