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Minnesota whitewater, Knife River

Lake St. Louis county, Cty 102 to Lake Superior section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     5.5 miles
  The Cty 102 to Lake Superior stretch of Knife River in Lake/St. Louis County is 5.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III(IV) section. If you're coming from Duluth it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The average Minnesota whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other
    states, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. There are some good hotels near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is a pretty decent length section,
good for a one day paddling trip. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. The Cty 102 to Lake Superior section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The campgrounds here at Knife River are pretty good. The beautiful scenery of Lake/St. Louis County  
and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Knife River you will meet lots of people from close by Knife River, and a trip to Granite Point is always a perfect idea. A common amount of rainfall falls here at Knife River. June is the wettest month with most rain; February meanwhile is the driest month. Summer brings highs in the 70's to Knife River. Summer nighttime lows descend down to the 50's. High temperatures during the winter are normally in the 10's; winter nights come with lows in the-10's to Knife River.

Knife River, Cty 102 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 Knife River.
 Whitewater Near Knife River:
Knife River, Lake/St. Louis County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5.5 miles long (Cty 102 to Lake Superior)
Stewart River, Lake County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 4.9 miles long (CR2 to Highway 61)
Big Sucker River, St. Louis County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 5.6 miles long (Cty 33 to Lake Superior)
French River, St. Louis County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.2 miles long (Cty 33 to Ryan Road)
Silver Creek, Lake County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 1.1 miles long (Cty 3 to Highway 61)
Encampment River, Lake County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.5 miles long (Cty 3 to Highway 61)
Lester River, St. Louis County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Lester River Road to Superior St.)
Crow Creek, Lake County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Cty 3 to Lake Superior)
Amity Creek, St Louis County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.4 miles long (Skyline Pkwy to Lester River)
Gooseberry River, Lake County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cty 3 to Gooseberry Falls State Park)
 Ski Areas Near Knife River:
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 32 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 46 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 74 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 81 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 95 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 96 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 99 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
 Marinas Near Knife River:
Knife River Marina, Knife River , 1 miles away
 Hotels Near Knife River:
Larsmont Cottages, Two Harbors , 2 miles away
AmericInn Two Harbors, Two Harbors , 6 miles away
Country Inn Of Two Harbors, Two Harbors , 8 miles away
Superior Shores Resort, Two Harbors , 10 miles away
Super 8 Superior WI, Superior , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Knife River:
Depot Campground, Knife River, 1 miles away
Knife River Campground, Knife River, 1 miles away
Duluth Tent and Trailer Camp, Duluth, 1 miles away
 Public Lands Near Knife River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 66 miles away
Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 18 miles away
Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota , 23 miles away
Brule River State Forest, Wisconsin , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Knife River:
Two Harbors Golf Course, Two Harbors , 8 miles away
Enger Park Golf Course, Duluth , 16 miles away
Poplar Golf Course, Poplar , 17 miles away

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