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Minnesota whitewater, Split Rock River

Lake county, Superior Hiking Trail to Highway 61 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     2.9 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Duluth, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Split Rock River in Lake County is 2.9 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V section. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There are a few other stretches
    in this river system that can be paddled as well. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Minnesota is often more difficult than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy.
A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. The nature scenery of Minnesota and the water flowing gracefully down Split Rock River have people coming here. This stretch is short so better bring some good walking shoes. There's camping available near Split Rock River.

Briefly about the general area:
A great place like Split Rock Lighthouse State Park next to Split Rock River is too magnificent
    to leave out. Go for a hike on the North Shore Snowmobile Trail, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Beaver Bay here. This is such a fun river. A trip to Gooseberry Falls State Park when you're here at Split Rock River is
  a wonderful idea, and great hiking is available along the Moosewalk Snowmobile Trail. Summer at Split Rock River arrives with high temperatures in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures descend down into the 50's. During the winter highs are in the 20's, and nighttime lows during the winter for Split Rock River tend to be in the 0's. Split Rock River gets a typical amount of annual rainfall.

Split Rock River, Superior Hiking Trail to Highway 61 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Split Rock River.
 Whitewater Near Split Rock River:
Split Rock River, Lake County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.9 miles long (Superior Hiking Trail to Highway 61)
Beaver River - W.Br, Lake County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 2.7 miles long (CR3 to Glen Avon Falls)
Beaver River, Lake County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (confluence of E and W Branches to Highway 61)
Beaver River - E.Br, Lake County, 8 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 2.2 miles long (CR5 to CR4)
Gooseberry River, Lake County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cty 3 to Gooseberry Falls State Park)
Crow Creek, Lake County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Cty 3 to Lake Superior)
Encampment River, Lake County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.5 miles long (Cty 3 to Highway 61)
Baptism River - West Br, Lake County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1 to Finland)
Silver Creek, Lake County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 1.1 miles long (Cty 3 to Highway 61)
Baptism River, Lake County, 16 miles away
      Class II-V - 4.8 miles long (Eckbeck campground to Lake Superior)
 Ski Areas Near Split Rock River:
Lutsen, Minnesota , 53 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 60 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 64 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 79 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 80 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 97 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
 Marinas Near Split Rock River:
Silver Bay Marina, Silver Bay , 11 miles away
Port Wing Marina, Port Wing , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Split Rock River:
Cove Point Lodge, Beaver Bay , 8 miles away
Grand Superior Lodge, Two Harbors , 8 miles away
AmericInn Silver Bay, Silver Bay , 11 miles away
Superior Shores Resort & Conference Center, Two Harbors , 17 miles away
Country Inn Of Two Harbors, Two Harbors , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Split Rock River:
Tetagouche Lake Campground, Lake County, 12 miles away
Silver Bay KOA Kampground, Silver Bay, 13 miles away
Wildhurst Lodge & Campgrounds, Finland, 16 miles away
 Trails Near Split Rock River:
North Shore Snowmobile Trail, Lake , 6 miles away
Moosewalk Snowmobile Trail, Lake , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Split Rock River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 44 miles away
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota , 2 miles away
Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota , 4 miles away
Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Split Rock River:
Silver Bay Golf Course, Silver Bay , 13 miles away
Two Harbors Golf Course, Two Harbors , 19 miles away

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