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Minnesota whitewater, Vermilion River

Dakota county, Falls to Old Mill in Hastings section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III+     0.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of Dakota County and the water flowing gracefully down Vermilion River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Minnesota are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. No shortage of good hotels, and if you make reservations
    in advance you're all set. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Red Wing, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this
river system, there are a few others too. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. The Falls to Old Mill in Hastings stretch of Vermilion River in Dakota County is 0.5 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III+ section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about
 
the general area:
Don't leave Vermilion River without visiting Afton State Park, and beaches are delightful and Browns Beach is no exception. Here at Vermilion River there are plenty of folks from Hastings, and everyone close by loves skiing at Afton Alps. At this river you will always have a good time. A spree to Vermilion River wouldn’t be complete without a journey to nearby Kinnickinnic State Park. High temperatures at Vermilion River during the warm months are in the 80's while night lows are ordinarily in the 60's. Highs during the wintertime are ordinarily in the 20's while Vermilion River night low temperatures throughout the wintertime are in the 0's.

Vermilion River, Falls to Old Mill in Hastings 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, Dakota County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 0.5 miles long (Falls to Old Mill in Hastings)
Apple River, St.Croix County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (Somerset)
 Ski Areas Near Vermilion River:
Afton Alps, Minnesota , 7 miles away, 350 foot drop, 18 lifts, 41 runs
Welch Village, Minnesota , 11 miles away, 360 foot drop, 10 lifts, 60 runs
Buck Hill, Minnesota , 30 miles away, 309 foot drop, 11 lifts, 13 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 34 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 36 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Hyland, Minnesota , 36 miles away, 175 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Mount Kato, Minnesota , 87 miles away, 240 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
 Marinas Near Vermilion River:
Miss Croix Yacht Harbor, Hastings , 1 miles away
Kings Cove Marina, Hastings , 1 miles away
Kings Cove, Hastings , 1 miles away
Point St Croix Marina, Prescott , 3 miles away
Leo's Landing, Prescott , 3 miles away
 Beaches Near Vermilion River:
Browns Beach, St. Croix , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Vermilion River:
Nichols Inn And Suites Hastings, Hastings , 1 miles away
Hastings Country Inn, Hastings , 1 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cottage Grove, MN, Cottage Grove , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ST. PAUL - WOODBURY, Woodbury , 12 miles away
Saratoga Inn & Suites, Cannon Falls , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Vermilion River:
Greenwood Campground, Hastings, 3 miles away
St Croix Bluffs Regional Park, Prescott, 5 miles away
Lake Byllesby Campground, Hastings, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Vermilion River:
Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, St. Paul - MN , 20 miles away
Saint Croix National Scenic River, Saint Croix Falls - WI , 37 miles away
Afton State Park, Minnesota , 8 miles away
Kinnickinnic State Park, Wisconsin , 8 miles away
Willow River State Park, Wisconsin , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Vermilion River:
Hastings Golf Course, Hastings , 2 miles away
Hidden Golf Course, Hastings , 3 miles away
Bellwood Oaks Public Golf Course, Hastings , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Vermilion River
Lake Edith, Washington , 11 miles away
Lake Mallalieu, St. Croix , 14 miles away
Tanners Lake, Washington , 15 miles away

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