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Minnesota whitewater, Gooseberry River

Lake county, Cty 3 to Gooseberry Falls State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6 miles
  The Cty 3 to Gooseberry Falls State Park section of Gooseberry River is 6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. 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 many runs in this state are not easy. The natural beauty of Minnesota and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract
    people from near and far. There's camping available near Gooseberry River. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This stretch
has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. The starting point is not too far from Duluth, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Nester Bluffs is an interesting
thing to observe if you're here at Gooseberry River. Gooseberry Falls State Park is a great spot to stretch your legs a bit. Near Gooseberry River you find the North Shore Snowmobile Trail which is a perfect hiking trail. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is a stunning place any time of year. At Gooseberry River throughout the months of summer highs are in the 70's while nighttime lows are frequently in the 50's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 20's while Gooseberry River overnight low temperatures during the winter are in the 0's. Gooseberry River gets a normal amount of yearly rain.

Gooseberry River, Cty 3 to Gooseberry Falls 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 Gooseberry River.
 Whitewater Near Gooseberry River:
Gooseberry River, Lake County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cty 3 to Gooseberry Falls State Park)
Crow Creek, Lake County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Cty 3 to Lake Superior)
Encampment River, Lake County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.5 miles long (Cty 3 to Highway 61)
Split Rock River, Lake County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.9 miles long (Superior Hiking Trail to Highway 61)
Silver Creek, Lake County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 1.1 miles long (Cty 3 to Highway 61)
Beaver River - W.Br, Lake County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 2.7 miles long (CR3 to Glen Avon Falls)
Stewart River, Lake County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 4.9 miles long (CR2 to Highway 61)
Beaver River, Lake County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (confluence of E and W Branches to Highway 61)
Beaver River - E.Br, Lake County, 15 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 2.2 miles long (CR5 to CR4)
Knife River, Lake/St. Louis County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5.5 miles long (Cty 102 to Lake Superior)
 Ski Areas Near Gooseberry River:
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 52 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 58 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 60 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 78 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 85 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
 Marinas Near Gooseberry River:
Silver Bay Marina, Silver Bay , 19 miles away
Port Wing Marina, Port Wing , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Gooseberry River:
Superior Shores Resort, Two Harbors , 10 miles away
Grand Superior Lodge, Two Harbors , 11 miles away
Country Inn Of Two Harbors, Two Harbors , 12 miles away
AmericInn Two Harbors, Two Harbors , 15 miles away
Cove Point Lodge, Beaver Bay , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gooseberry River:
Gooseberry Falls State Park, Beaver Bay, 4 miles away
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Beaver Bay, 10 miles away
Big Blaze Camp and Trailer Park, Two Harbors, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Gooseberry River:
North Shore Snowmobile Trail, Lake , 10 miles away
Moosewalk Snowmobile Trail, Lake , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gooseberry River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 50 miles away
Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota , 3 miles away
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota , 9 miles away
Superior National Forest, Minnesota , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gooseberry River:
Two Harbors Golf Course, Two Harbors , 12 miles away

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