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Minnesota whitewater, Brule River

Cook county, Northern Light Lake to Sauna Bath Rapid section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III(V)     18 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The beautiful scenery of Cook County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. There's camping available near Brule River. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places.
    Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Northern Light Lake to Sauna Bath Rapid section is one of them. If you
hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your camping stuff. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The Northern Light Lake to Sauna Bath Rapid section of Brule River in Minnesota is 18 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III(V) section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the
 
    general area:
Judge C.R. Magney State Park is both pleasant and wonderful, and it's in close proximity to Brule River; you can hit the beach if you want, Paradise Beach is practically right here. Don't leave Brule River
  without first going for a hike along the Lesser Cherry Portage. Good hiking is available along the Great Cherry Portage. During the months of summer at Brule River temperatures are typically in the 70's, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 20's with winter lows in the 0's overnight here at Brule River.

Brule River, Northern Light Lake to Sauna Bath Rapid road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Brule River.
 Whitewater Near Brule River:
Kadunce River, Cook County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.5 miles long (Superior Hiking Trail footbridge to Highway 61)
Brule River, Cook County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 6 miles long (Sauna Bath Rapid to Highway 61)
Brule River, Cook County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III(V) - 18 miles long (Northern Light Lake to Sauna Bath Rapid)
Devil Track River, Cook County, 10 miles away
      Class II-V - 4.9 miles long (Maple Hill to Lake Superior)
Devil Track River, Cook County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.2 miles long (Devil Track Lake to Maple Hill)
Flute Reed River, Cook County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Cty 69 to Lake Superior)
Pigeon River, Cook County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Partridge Falls to Poplar Creek Road)
Cascade River, Cook County, 25 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 3.5 miles long (FR157 to CR45)
Cascade River, Cook County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.5 miles long (CR45 to Cascade River State Park)
Cascade River, Cook County, 26 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Cascades of Cascade)
 Ski Areas Near Brule River:
Lutsen, Minnesota , 39 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 60 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 61 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 64 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 66 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 66 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 71 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
 Marinas Near Brule River:
Grand Marais Recreation Area, Grand Marais , 14 miles away
 Beaches Near Brule River:
Paradise Beach, Cook , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Brule River:
BEST WESTERN PLUS Superior Inn & Suites, Grand Marais , 13 miles away
East Bay Suites, Grand Marais , 13 miles away
Eagle Ridge Resort at Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen , 37 miles away
The Lutsen Mountain Inn, Lutsen , 39 miles away
Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Brule River:
Kimball Lake Campground, Cook County, 4 miles away
Go-fer Cabins Trailer Court, Grand Marais, 12 miles away
Grand Marais Recreation Area, Grand Marais, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Brule River:
Lesser Cherry Portage, Cook , 10 miles away
Great Cherry Portage, Cook , 10 miles away
Vaseux Portage, Cook , 10 miles away
Long Portage, Cook , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Brule River:
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 28 miles away
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 68 miles away
Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Minnesota , 6 miles away
Cascade River State Park, Minnesota , 26 miles away
Grand Portage State Park, Minnesota , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Brule River:
Gunflint Hills Golf Course, Grand Marais , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Brule River
Trout Lake, Cook , 1 miles away

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