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Minnesota whitewater, French River

St. Louis county, Cty 33 to Ryan Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     2.2 miles
  The Cty 33 to Ryan Road section of French River in St. Louis County is 2.2 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Minnesota scenery and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Cty 33 to
    Ryan Road section is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting a good workout and spending
some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Duluth, as you can see on the road map further down. This is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular location for people from Knife River, and when
you're here it's always fun to take a look at Amnicon Falls State Park. High temperatures at French River throughout the long summer days are in the 70's. For the period of the moonlight hours it's usually in the 50's. Highs through the wintertime are commonly in the 10's; night lows in the 0's for French River. French River gets a normal amount of precipitation. Throughout the month of June you get the most rain around here while February is ordinarily the driest month.

French River, Cty 33 to Ryan Road 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 French River.
 Whitewater Near French River:
French River, St. Louis County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.2 miles long (Cty 33 to Ryan Road)
Big Sucker River, St. Louis County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 5.6 miles long (Cty 33 to Lake Superior)
Lester River, St. Louis County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Lester River Road to Superior St.)
Amity Creek, St Louis County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.4 miles long (Skyline Pkwy to Lester River)
Knife River, Lake/St. Louis County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5.5 miles long (Cty 102 to Lake Superior)
Amnicon River, Douglas County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 5.7 miles long (Anderson Hill Road to Cty U)
Stewart River, Lake County, 18 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 4.9 miles long (CR2 to Highway 61)
Silver Creek, Lake County, 21 miles away
      Class IV - 1.1 miles long (Cty 3 to Highway 61)
Black River, Douglas County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 4.8 miles long (Little Manitou Falls to Rail Road bridge)
Encampment River, Lake County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.5 miles long (Cty 3 to Highway 61)
 Ski Areas Near French River:
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 23 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
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 88 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 88 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 90 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
 Marinas Near French River:
Knife River Marina, Knife River , 9 miles away
Lakehead Boat Basin, Duluth , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near French River:
Larsmont Cottages, Two Harbors , 12 miles away
Edgewater Hotel And Waterpark, Duluth , 12 miles away
Days Inn Duluth Lakewalk, Duluth , 12 miles away
Beacon Pointe Resort, Duluth , 12 miles away
Super 8 Superior WI, Superior , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near French River:
Duluth Tent and Trailer Camp, Duluth, 8 miles away
Depot Campground, Knife River, 9 miles away
Knife River Campground, Knife River, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near French River:
Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 14 miles away
Pattison State Park, Wisconsin , 23 miles away
Brule River State Forest, Wisconsin , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near French River:
Enger Park Golf Course, Duluth , 7 miles away
Northland Country Club, Duluth , 10 miles away
Far Par Golf, Duluth , 13 miles away

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