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Minnesota whitewater, Cascade River

Cook county, FR157 to CR45 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(IV)     3.5 miles
  The wonderful Minnesota scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Cascade River will make you feel great. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. This is a pretty short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. The FR157 to CR45 section is one of many paddling sections
    in this river system. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Getting
your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Very beautiful scenery and splendid skiing is what you get at Lutsen. Cascade River State Park is a good location to stretch your legs a bit, and you'll
 
meet a lot of people from Lutsen here. This river has so much to offer. The North Shore State Trail offers hiking at its best. All through the warmest time of the year highs here at Cascade River get into the 70's. Once the sun is down it falls down to the 50's. For the period of the winter this place gets highs in the 10's, and through the dark hours in the winter at Cascade River temperatures sink to the-10's. The amount of rainfall that falls at Cascade River is close to the national average. Most of the rain falls through August; the driest of the months is February.

Cascade River, FR157 to CR45 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Cascade River.
 Whitewater Near Cascade River:
Cascade River, Cook County, 1 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 3.5 miles long (FR157 to CR45)
Cascade River, Cook County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.5 miles long (CR45 to Cascade River State Park)
Cascade River, Cook County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Cascades of Cascade)
Devil Track River, Cook County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.2 miles long (Devil Track Lake to Maple Hill)
Poplar River, Cook County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 2.2 miles long (Lutsen ski hill to Highway 61)
Devil Track River, Cook County, 15 miles away
      Class II-V - 4.9 miles long (Maple Hill to Lake Superior)
Brule River, Cook County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III(V) - 18 miles long (Northern Light Lake to Sauna Bath Rapid)
Temperance River, Cook County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.5 miles long (FR166 to Temperance River State Park)
Temperance River, Cook County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Highway 2 and FR164 to FR166)
Kadunce River, Cook County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.5 miles long (Superior Hiking Trail footbridge to Highway 61)
 Ski Areas Near Cascade River:
Lutsen, Minnesota , 14 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 64 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 66 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 69 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 70 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 75 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 85 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
 Marinas Near Cascade River:
Grand Marais Recreation Area, Grand Marais , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Cascade River:
Cascade Lodge, Lutsen , 3 miles away
Solbakken Resort On Superior, Lutsen , 9 miles away
Eagle Ridge Resort at Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen , 12 miles away
East Bay Suites, Grand Marais , 13 miles away
Best Western Plus Superior Inn, Grand Marais , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cascade River:
Cascade River State Park, Lutsen, 3 miles away
Cascade River Campground, Cook County, 3 miles away
Devil Lake Campground, Cook County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Cascade River:
North Shore State Trail, Cook , 1 miles away
South Lake Portage, Cook , 15 miles away
Height of Land Portage, Cook , 16 miles away
Stairway Portage, Cook , 16 miles away
Long Portage, Cook , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cascade River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 49 miles away
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 54 miles away
Cascade River State Park, Minnesota , 1 miles away
Temperance River State Park, Minnesota , 25 miles away
Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Minnesota , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cascade River:
Gunflint Hills Golf Course, Grand Marais , 14 miles away
Superior National Lutsen-Golf, Lutsen , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Cascade River
Echo Lake, Cook , 11 miles away

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