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Kayaker trying to reach Louisiana rescued in Minnesota after packing everything but a life jacket

The kayaker got into trouble on Lake Winnibigoshish.
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A kayaker setting off on a journey down the Mississippi River to Louisiana didn't make it out of northern Minnesota before requiring a rescue.

DNR conservation officer Mark Mathy's weekly patrol report states that they were called to Lake Winnibigoshish on a report of a kayaker who had gotten into trouble. With the weather a mixture of wind and snow, large waves had formed on the lake, with DNR officers helping the kayaker to the shore.

"The kayaker, who was making their way from the Mississippi Headwaters to Louisiana, had many necessary supplies for their trip but failed to bring a life jacket for the journey." Mathy wrote.

The kayaker was issued a citation after they were rescued.

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"The outcome would have been much different if the waves would have overtaken the kayak," Mathy noted.

Lake Winnibigoshish is Minnesota's 4th-largest lake, covering 58,544 acres, putting it only behind Red Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, and nearby Leech Lake.

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