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Minnesota whitewater, Vermilion River

St. Louis county, FS491 to CR24 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     4 miles
  The FS491 to CR24 stretch of Vermilion River in Minnesota is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-IV section of whitewater. 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. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one,
    but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling spots.
Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Minnesota tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The beautiful scenery of St. Louis County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. There's camping available near Vermilion River.

Briefly about the general
 
area:
Vermilion Gorge is a magnificent place to spend some time at, and the great people of Crane Lake like to hang out close by. For the period of the months of summer highs here at Vermilion River get into the 70's. For the period of the moonlight hours it's mostly in the 40's. For the duration of the wintertime this place gets highs in the 10's, and overnight lows at Vermilion River all through the wintertime regularly dip into the-20's. The annual rainfall here at Vermilion River is about average. All through the month of June you get the most rain around here, and the driest month is February.

Vermilion River, FS491 to CR24 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, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (FS491 to CR24)
Vermilion River, St. Louis County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Eightmile Creek to Cty 24)
Vermilion River, St. Louis County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Vermilion Dam to Twomile Creek)
Little Fork River, St. Louis County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.4 miles long (CR914 to CR481)
 Ski Areas Near Vermilion River:
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 35 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 74 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
 Marinas Near Vermilion River:
Timbuktu Marine, Cook , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Vermilion River:
AmericInn Virginia, Virginia , 33 miles away
Lodge At Giants Ridge, Biwabik , 35 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MOUNTAIN IRON (VIRGINIA), Mountain Iron , 35 miles away
Super 8 Eveleth, Eveleth , 37 miles away
Timber Wolf Lodge, Ely , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Vermilion River:
Beddow's Campground, Crane Lake, 3 miles away
Waters Edge RV Park, Crane Lake, 3 miles away
Echo Lake, Crane Lake, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Vermilion River:
Beatty Portage, St. Louis , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Vermilion River:
Voyageurs National Park, International Falls - MN , 62 miles away
Bear Head Lake State Park, Minnesota , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Vermilion River:
Vermilion River Greens, Orr , 7 miles away
Vermilion Fairways, Cook , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Vermilion River
Echo Lake, St. Louis , 6 miles away
Sand Point Lake, St. Louis , 8 miles away
Little Vermilion Lake, St. Louis , 9 miles away

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