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Minnesota whitewater, Midway River

Scanlon county, Highway 61 to Thomson Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     4 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This section of Midway River in Minnesota is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Duluth, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. You might be into whitewater
    rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come
because it is a very popular destination. The nature scenery of Minnesota and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Highway 61 to Thomson  
Reservoir section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Jay Cooke State Park is a nice place to stretch your legs a bit, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Esko here. Really good skiing awaits you at Spirit Mountain. The yearly precipitation here at Midway River is about average. June is the month that gets the most rain, and February on the other hand is the driest. Summer at Midway River comes with high temperatures in the 80's with nighttime lows in the 50's. Through the winter highs are in the 10's, and during the dark hours in the winter at Midway River temperatures dip to the-10's.

Midway River, Highway 61 to Thomson Reservoir 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 Midway River.
 Whitewater Near Midway River:
Midway River, Scanlon County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Highway 61 to Thomson Reservoir)
St. Louis River, Carlton County, 2 miles away
      Class II-V - 3.25 miles long (CR210 to Oldenburg Point)
St. Louis River, Carlton County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.4 miles long (Highway 61 to Thomson Reservoir)
Cloquet River, St. Louis County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (US Route 53 to US Route 2)
Black River, Douglas County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 4.8 miles long (Little Manitou Falls to Rail Road bridge)
Upper Tamarack River, Douglas County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 13.3 miles long (Radigan dam to Markville)
Amity Creek, St Louis County, 27 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.4 miles long (Skyline Pkwy to Lester River)
Lester River, St. Louis County, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Lester River Road to Superior St.)
Lower Tamarack River, Pine County, 29 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.2 miles long (Highway 25 to Highway 48/77)
 Ski Areas Near Midway River:
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 12 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 43 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 63 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 65 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 89 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Afton Alps, Minnesota , 91 miles away, 350 foot drop, 18 lifts, 41 runs
 Marinas Near Midway River:
Spirit Lake Marine, Duluth , 13 miles away
Harbor Cove Marina, Duluth , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Midway River:
Super 8 Cloquet, Cloquet , 5 miles away
AmericInn Cloquet, Cloquet , 6 miles away
AmericInn Carlton, Carlton , 6 miles away
AmericInn Duluth South, Duluth , 10 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Spirit Mountain Duluth, Proctor , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Midway River:
Knife Island Campground, Esko, 1 miles away
Jay Cooke State Park - Main, Esko, 2 miles away
Jay Cooke State Park - Silver Creek, Esko, 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Midway River:
Saint Croix National Scenic River, Saint Croix Falls - WI , 63 miles away
Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota , 2 miles away
Pattison State Park, Wisconsin , 20 miles away
Moose Lake State Park, Minnesota , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Midway River:
Pine Hill Golf Course, Carlton , 3 miles away
Wilderness Hills Golf Course, Wrenshall , 4 miles away
Cloquet Country Club Golf Course, Cloquet , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Midway River
Chub Lake, Carlton , 6 miles away
Horseshoe Lake, St. Louis , 7 miles away

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