Being in Minneapolis, we are only a few miles from the Mississippi River, and also close to several others. It gets tricky in this area because there are a series of locks and dams through here, and there are very few launch areas, but I have definitely been thinking I needed to get out and boat on the river. With foliage in full color, this seemed like as good a time as any.
I launched from a public area near the Minneapolis Rowers Club boat house. I headed up towards downtown. The photo with barge is right at the next lock near downtown. You can see the very new looking bridge in the middle is a freeway bridge that was replaced after a collapse several years ago - before I had moved.