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Minnesota whitewater, Brule River

Cook county, Sauna Bath Rapid to Highway 61 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV+(V)     6 miles
The put in at Sauna Rapids is private property. Do Not trespass. Says Anonymous

The scenic beauty of Cook County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots
    of rivers here are not for beginners. The Sauna Bath Rapid to Highway 61 section of Brule River in Cook County is 6 miles long and is a class II-IV+(V) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. There are campgrounds
quite near the river where you can camp. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Sauna Bath Rapid to Highway 61 section is one of them. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both,  
doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
When you're here at Brule River it's always fun to pop by Judge C.R. Magney State Park, and there's tremendous hiking along the Great Cherry Portage. If you're dropping by Brule River from Hovland, you won't be the only one, and you can always enjoy a lazy day on the beach at Paradise Beach. At this river you will always have a good time. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Brule River; Vaseux Portage is a fine local trail. An average amount of rain falls at Brule River.

Brule River, Sauna Bath Rapid to Highway 61 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 Brule River.
 Whitewater Near Brule River:
Brule River, Cook County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 6 miles long (Sauna Bath Rapid to Highway 61)
Flute Reed River, Cook County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Cty 69 to Lake Superior)
Kadunce River, Cook County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.5 miles long (Superior Hiking Trail footbridge to Highway 61)
Brule River, Cook County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III(V) - 18 miles long (Northern Light Lake to Sauna Bath Rapid)
Pigeon River, Cook County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Partridge Falls to Poplar Creek Road)
Devil Track River, Cook County, 17 miles away
      Class II-V - 4.9 miles long (Maple Hill to Lake Superior)
Devil Track River, Cook County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.2 miles long (Devil Track Lake to Maple Hill)
Pigeon River, Cook County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 7 miles long (Poplar Creek Road to Highway 61)
 Ski Areas Near Brule River:
Lutsen, Minnesota , 46 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 53 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 56 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 62 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 63 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 63 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 71 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
 Hotels Near Brule River:
Best Western Plus Superior Inn, Grand Marais , 19 miles away
East Bay Suites, Grand Marais , 19 miles away
Cascade Lodge, Lutsen , 33 miles away
Solbakken Resort On Superior, Lutsen , 40 miles away
Eagle Ridge Resort at Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen , 44 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Brule River:
Judge CR Magney State Park, Hovland, 2 miles away
East Colville Wildlife Management Area, Hovland, 3 miles away
Grand Portage State Forest - Esther Lake, Hovland, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Brule River:
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 22 miles away
Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Minnesota , 3 miles away
Cascade River State Park, Minnesota , 33 miles away
Grand Portage State Park, Minnesota , 33 miles away
 Lakes Near Brule River
Trout Lake, Cook , 8 miles away

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