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Minnesota whitewater, Kettle River

Carlton Pine county, CR4 to CR52 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     25 miles
 
Kettle River Paddle Festival, white water and flat water canoe and kayak expo, demo boats, paddling clinics more information at http:www.kettleriverpaddlefest.com Says Tony Vavricka

This section of Kettle River in Carlton/Pine County is 25 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Minnesota are harder than the national norm, so keep in mind that many of the
    sections here are not safe for beginners. The put-in location is a short drive from Duluth, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking
or both, doesn't matter, there are not so many other good places for that around here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The nature scenery of Minnesota and the playfulness of the water  
are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the CR4 to CR52 section is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
A trip to Banning State Park revives the soul, and there are plenty of folks from Moose Lake here. Moose Lake State Park is a good location. During the warm days of summer here at Kettle River, high temperatures mostly reach the 80's, and during the night it cools down to the 50's. The winter comes with highs in the 10's with temperatures at Kettle River dipping down into the-10's throughout winter nights.

Kettle River, CR4 to CR52 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 Kettle River.
 Whitewater Near Kettle River:
Kettle River, Carlton/Pine County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (CR4 to CR52)
Kettle River, Pine County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Banning State Park to Sandstone)
Kettle River, Pine County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (below Big Eddy to St. Croix River)
St. Croix River, Burnett County, 29 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Nelson's Landing to Snake River Confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Kettle River:
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 44 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 52 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 56 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 64 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Afton Alps, Minnesota , 77 miles away, 350 foot drop, 18 lifts, 41 runs
Hyland, Minnesota , 86 miles away, 175 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Buck Hill, Minnesota , 89 miles away, 309 foot drop, 11 lifts, 13 runs
Welch Village, Minnesota , 91 miles away, 360 foot drop, 10 lifts, 60 runs
 Hotels Near Kettle River:
Days Inn Moose Lake, Moose Lake , 6 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Finlayson, Finlayson , 14 miles away
Days Inn Hinckley, Hinckley , 23 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Hinckley, Hinckley , 23 miles away
AmericInn Carlton, Carlton , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kettle River:
Timberline Campground, Sturgeon Lake, 4 miles away
Edelweiss Campground, Sturgeon Lake, 5 miles away
Red Fox RV Park and Campground, Moose Lake, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kettle River:
Saint Croix National Scenic River, Saint Croix Falls - WI , 53 miles away
Moose Lake State Park, Minnesota , 6 miles away
Banning State Park, Minnesota , 13 miles away
St. Croix State Park, Minnesota , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kettle River:
Moose Lake Golf Club, Sturgeon Lake , 5 miles away
Birch Creek Golf Course, Sturgeon Lake , 8 miles away
29 Pines Golf Course, Mahtowa , 14 miles away

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