A kayaker set off on a journey from Minnesota to Louisiana by going down the Mississippi River, and didn't even make it out of Minnesota before finding trouble.

The DNR report says they were called to Lake Winnibigoshish on a call about a kayaker in distress. The weather was turned to a mix of wind and snow, and large waves had formed on the surface of the lake.

"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," said Mark Mathy, Conservation Officer, "The outcome would have been much different if the waves would have overtaken the kayak."

A citation was issued to the kayaker.

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