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Minnesota whitewater, Big Fork

Koochiching county, Big Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     0.5 miles
  The wonderful Koochiching County scenery and the cool fresh water have people coming here. If you're coming from Bemidji it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Big Fork in Koochiching County is 0.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V+ section of whitewater. The campgrounds here at Big Fork are pretty
    good. The Big Falls section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you've been
whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Minnesota you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This section is very short so better bring some good walking shoes. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in  
this general area you won't find many other paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Cutfoot Sioux Trail; if you're here you will meet lots of people from nearby Big Falls. Going for a hike on the Wisner Trail is always a pleasant adventure. A typical amount of rainfall falls here at Big Fork. June is when you get the most rain here; February on the other hand is the driest. Summer at Big Fork comes with high temperatures in the 70's, and throughout the night it cools down to the 50's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 10's; overnight lows at Big Fork all through the winter generally descend into the-20's.

Big Fork, Big Falls 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 Big Fork.
 Whitewater Near Big Fork:
Big Fork, Koochiching County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 0.5 miles long (Big Falls)
Big Fork, Itasca/Koochiching County, 24 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 14 miles long (CR229 to Little American Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Big Fork:
Buena Vista, Minnesota , 78 miles away, 230 foot drop, 4 lifts, 16 runs
 Hotels Near Big Fork:
AmericInn International Falls, International Falls , 32 miles away
Knights Inn International Falls, International Falls , 33 miles away
Days Inn International Falls, International Falls , 33 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites International Falls, International Falls , 33 miles away
TimberLake Lodge Event Center, Grand Rapids , 48 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Fork:
Big Falls City Camp Ground - Family, Big Falls, 1 miles away
Big Falls City Camp Ground - Horse Camp, Big Falls, 1 miles away
Gowdy Campsite, Big Falls, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Big Fork:
Wisner Trail, Koochiching , 13 miles away
Cutfoot Sioux Trail, Koochiching , 16 miles away
Plum Creek Trail, Itasca , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Fork:
Voyageurs National Park, International Falls - MN , 33 miles away
Scenic State Park, Minnesota , 27 miles away

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