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Minnesota whitewater, Big Sucker River

St. Louis county, Cty 33 to Lake Superior section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+(V)     5.6 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Duluth, as you can see on the road map further down. The natural beauty of St. Louis County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This stretch of Big Sucker River is 5.6 miles
    long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV+(V) section. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to
come. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places.

about the general area:
There are plenty of folks from Knife River here at Big Sucker River. Throughout the warm days of summer at Big Sucker River highs are commonly in the 70's; the nighttime is slightly cooler of course, usually in the 50's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 10's while the cold winter nights at Big Sucker River are in the 0's. Big Sucker River gets a typical amount of rainfall. The month with most of the rain is June; the driest month is February.

Big Sucker River, Cty 33 to Lake Superior 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 Sucker River.
 Whitewater Near Big Sucker River:
French River, St. Louis County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.2 miles long (Cty 33 to Ryan Road)
Big Sucker River, St. Louis County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 5.6 miles long (Cty 33 to Lake Superior)
Knife River, Lake/St. Louis County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5.5 miles long (Cty 102 to Lake Superior)
Lester River, St. Louis County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Lester River Road to Superior St.)
Amity Creek, St Louis County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.4 miles long (Skyline Pkwy to Lester River)
Stewart River, Lake County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 4.9 miles long (CR2 to Highway 61)
Amnicon River, Douglas County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 5.7 miles long (Anderson Hill Road to Cty U)
Silver Creek, Lake County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 1.1 miles long (Cty 3 to Highway 61)
Encampment River, Lake County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.5 miles long (Cty 3 to Highway 61)
Crow Creek, Lake County, 23 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Cty 3 to Lake Superior)
 Ski Areas Near Big Sucker River:
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 25 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 42 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 76 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 88 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 90 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 90 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
 Marinas Near Big Sucker River:
Knife River Marina, Knife River , 7 miles away
Lakehead Boat Basin, Duluth , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Sucker River:
Larsmont Cottages, Two Harbors , 10 miles away
AmericInn Two Harbors, Two Harbors , 13 miles away
Edgewater Hotel And Waterpark, Duluth , 14 miles away
Days Inn Duluth Lakewalk, Duluth , 14 miles away
Beacon Pointe Resort, Duluth , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Sucker River:
Duluth Tent and Trailer Camp, Duluth, 6 miles away
Depot Campground, Knife River, 7 miles away
Knife River Campground, Knife River, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Sucker River:
Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 15 miles away
Pattison State Park, Wisconsin , 25 miles away
Brule River State Forest, Wisconsin , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Sucker River:
Enger Park Golf Course, Duluth , 9 miles away
Northland Country Club, Duluth , 12 miles away
Far Par Golf, Duluth , 15 miles away

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