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Minnesota whitewater, Vermilion River

St. Louis county, Eightmile Creek to Cty 24 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     1.5 miles
  The natural beauty of St. Louis County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. If you're coming from Duluth it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map
    further down. This section of Vermilion River is 1.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-IV section. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. You might have to settle
for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too many other spots for that. The Eightmile Creek to Cty 24 section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. This is a somewhat short  
section so better bring some good walking shoes.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to come across some great people from Crane Lake here, and there is a good hiking trail close by called the Taconite Trail. From a precipitation point of view Vermilion River is a rather typical location. The month of June is the wettest with most of the rain, and February on the other hand is the driest. Summertime highs at Vermilion River regularly tend to be in the 70's. Once the sun is down it sinks down to the 40's. High temperatures all through the wintertime are normally in the 10's; night lows in the-20's for Vermilion River.

Vermilion River, Eightmile Creek to Cty 24 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 Vermilion River.
 Whitewater Near Vermilion River:
Vermilion River, St. Louis County, 0 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Eightmile Creek to Cty 24)
Vermilion River, St. Louis County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Vermilion Dam to Twomile Creek)
Vermilion River, St. Louis County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (FS491 to CR24)
Little Fork River, St. Louis County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.4 miles long (CR914 to CR481)
Whitewater Outfitter - Spring Creek Outfitters, Saint Louis County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Little Fork River, St. Louis County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 23 miles long (Highway 73 to Samuelson Park)
 Ski Areas Near Vermilion River:
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 26 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 65 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
 Marinas Near Vermilion River:
Timbuktu Marine, Cook , 7 miles away
Shamrock Landing, Tower , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Vermilion River:
AmericInn Virginia, Virginia , 24 miles away
Lodge At Giants Ridge, Biwabik , 25 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MOUNTAIN IRON (VIRGINIA), Mountain Iron , 27 miles away
Super 8 Eveleth, Eveleth , 28 miles away
Timber Wolf Lodge, Ely , 40 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Vermilion River:
Echo Lake, Crane Lake, 5 miles away
Kabetogama State Forest - Hinsdale Island, Tower, 8 miles away
Hinsdale Island Campground, St. Louis County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Vermilion River:
Taconite Trail, St. Louis , 14 miles away
Canfield Portage, St. Louis , 15 miles away
Beatty Portage, St. Louis , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Vermilion River:
Voyageurs National Park, International Falls - MN , 68 miles away
Bear Head Lake State Park, Minnesota , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Vermilion River:
Vermilion River Greens, Orr , 4 miles away
Vermilion Fairways, Cook , 15 miles away
Wilderness At Fortune Bay, Tower , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Vermilion River
Echo Lake, St. Louis , 5 miles away
Little Vermilion Lake, St. Louis , 11 miles away
Myrtle Lake, St. Louis , 14 miles away

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