Directions to Blue Heron Canoe Trail: The trail head is located east of New Albin, Iowa. From Highway 26, head east on Ross Avenue, turn right (south) on Main Street, turn left (east) on Elm Street. Elm Street becomes Army Road. Follow Army Road to the New Albin Boat Landing. Blackhawk Park is in Wisconsin offering a lunch/take out point near the in the halfway point of the trail To use Blackhawk Park Landing, head west from Highway 35 on County Road BI. The trail is posted to Big Slough Landing near Lansing, Iowa.
There are 2 launch/take-out points along the trail. However, from April to early June, Army Road is frequently under water. If flooded, you should consider launching from Blackhawk Park.
Section: New Albin Landing to Blackhawk Park is a 3 mile trail and usually take 1-2 hours. This is considered a moderate skill level canoe trail through Minnesota Slough to Lost Channel, crossing the Main Channel on to Blackhaw Park boat ramp.
Section: Blackhawk Park to Big Slough Landing is a 7 mile trail and usually takes 3-5 hours. Blackhawk Park to Big Slough landing crosses the main channel. Follow the signs to make your way through the maze of islands and marshes.
New Albin to Big Slough Landing is a 10 mile trail and usually takes 5-7 hours. This trail bypasses crossing over the main channel to Blackhawk Park.