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Minnesota whitewater, Stony River

Lake county, FS Road 424 to Birch Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     4 miles
  The wonderful Minnesota scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch of Stony River in Lake County is 4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-IV section. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are
    not easy. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other places. There's camping
available near Stony River. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Winton love to come to Stony River, and Superior National Forest is a nice
 
spot to stretch your legs a bit. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Stony River; Kelly Trail is a great local trail. Stony River is a good site of normal rain. The month with most of the rain is June, and the driest month is February. High temperatures at Stony River through the summer months are in the 70's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 10's while the cold winter nights at Stony River are in the-10's.

Stony River, FS Road 424 to Birch Lake 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 Stony River.
 Whitewater Near Stony River:
Stony River, Lake County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (FS Road 424 to Birch Lake)
Gooseberry River, Lake County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cty 3 to Gooseberry Falls State Park)
 Ski Areas Near Stony River:
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 38 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 56 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 73 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
 Marinas Near Stony River:
Shagawa Lake Marina Resort, Ely , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Stony River:
Super 8 Ely Minnesota, Ely , 10 miles away
Grand Ely Lodge Resort And Conference Center, Ely , 11 miles away
Timber Wolf Lodge, Ely , 13 miles away
Superior Shores Resort & Conference Center, Two Harbors , 33 miles away
Country Inn Of Two Harbors, Two Harbors , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Stony River:
Birch Lake Back-Country 5, Winton, 2 miles away
Birch Lake Back-Country 4, Winton, 2 miles away
Birch Lake Back-Country 3, Winton, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Stony River:
Kelly Trail, St. Louis , 2 miles away
Seven Beaver Snowmobile Trail, St. Louis , 15 miles away
Crooked Lake Trail, Lake , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Stony River:
Superior National Forest, Minnesota , 10 miles away
Bear Head Lake State Park, Minnesota , 22 miles away
Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Stony River:
Ely Golf Club, Ely , 11 miles away
Babbitt Golf Course, Babbitt , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Stony River
Bassett Lake, St. Louis , 19 miles away

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