Paddling, actually mostly drifting, the Crow Wing river is a fun way to spend a warm afternoon. As you saw in a previous post, you can leave right from the resort or we can drop you off at the dam. Once in the river it's about 4 miles to the take out near a road crossing so depending on how fast you go it takes 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours. The river is quit shallow throughout without rapids or white water, just an easy consistent current. We saw deer, turtles, eagles, blue herons and more on our trip. The timing was right and we hit the bloom on the waters edge Iris's.