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Minnesota whitewater, Cascade River

Cook county, CR45 to Cascade River State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     3.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Minnesota are harder than the national norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. This section of Cascade River in Minnesota is 3.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V section of whitewater. 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. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Some people prefer whitewater rafting
and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This section is quite short so no need to bring snacks. The natural beauty of Minnesota and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
Cascade Falls is an inspiring spot to visit while here, and Cascade River State Park is a delightful site any time of year. Why not take a refreshing hike along the
North Shore State Trail, and this is a popular location for folks from Lutsen. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. You'll never forgive yourself if you donít go skiing at Lutsen while you're here. High temperatures at Cascade River during the warmest time of the year are in the 70's. Through the moonlight hours it's commonly in the 50's. The winter brings highs down to the 10's; nighttime lows throughout the winter for Cascade River tend to be in the-10's. From a rain point of view Cascade River is a reasonably normal place. Of all the months in a year August is the one with the most rain, and February is the month with the least moisture.

Cascade River, CR45 to Cascade River State Park 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 Cascade River.
 Whitewater Near Cascade River:
Cascade River, Cook County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.5 miles long (CR45 to Cascade River State Park)
Cascade River, Cook County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Cascades of Cascade)
Cascade River, Cook County, 3 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 3.5 miles long (FR157 to CR45)
Devil Track River, Cook County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.2 miles long (Devil Track Lake to Maple Hill)
Poplar River, Cook County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 2.2 miles long (Lutsen ski hill to Highway 61)
Devil Track River, Cook County, 16 miles away
      Class II-V - 4.9 miles long (Maple Hill to Lake Superior)
Brule River, Cook County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III(V) - 18 miles long (Northern Light Lake to Sauna Bath Rapid)
Temperance River, Cook County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.5 miles long (FR166 to Temperance River State Park)
Temperance River, Cook County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Highway 2 and FR164 to FR166)
Kadunce River, Cook County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.5 miles long (Superior Hiking Trail footbridge to Highway 61)
 Ski Areas Near Cascade River:
Lutsen, Minnesota , 13 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 62 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 64 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 68 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 69 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 74 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 86 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
 Marinas Near Cascade River:
Grand Marais Recreation Area, Grand Marais , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Cascade River:
Cascade Lodge, Lutsen , 1 miles away
Solbakken Resort On Superior, Lutsen , 8 miles away
Eagle Ridge Resort at Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen , 13 miles away
The Lutsen Mountain Inn, Lutsen , 13 miles away
Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cascade River:
Cascade River State Park, Lutsen, 1 miles away
Cascade River Campground, Cook County, 5 miles away
Devil Lake Campground, Cook County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Cascade River:
North Shore State Trail, Cook , 3 miles away
South Lake Portage, Cook , 17 miles away
Height of Land Portage, Cook , 17 miles away
Stairway Portage, Cook , 18 miles away
Honeymoon Trail, Cook , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cascade River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 47 miles away
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 54 miles away
Cascade River State Park, Minnesota , 1 miles away
Temperance River State Park, Minnesota , 25 miles away
Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Minnesota , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cascade River:
Superior National Lutsen-Golf, Lutsen , 13 miles away
Gunflint Hills Golf Course, Grand Marais , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Cascade River
Echo Lake, Cook , 12 miles away

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