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Minnesota whitewater, Little Fork River

St. Louis county, Highway 73 to Samuelson Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(IV)     23 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Minnesota are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The wonderful Minnesota scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Little Fork River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Highway 73 to Samuelson Park section is one of them. Some people
    prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling spots. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. There are campgrounds
quite near the river where you can camp. The Highway 73 to Samuelson Park section of Little Fork River in Minnesota is 23 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II(IV) section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Duluth it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. 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. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people.

Briefly about the general area:
A trip to McCarthy Beach State Park when you're here at Little Fork River is a glorious idea; hiking is a popular thing to do around Little Fork River; Snake Trail is a tremendous local trail. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Link Lake Trail. At Little Fork River during the warm months highs are in the 70's. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 50's. All through the winter the highs are mostly in the 10's, and nighttime lows at Little Fork River during the wintertime typically dip into the-10's.

Little Fork River, Highway 73 to Samuelson 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 Little Fork River.
 Whitewater Near Little Fork River:
Little Fork River, St. Louis County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 23 miles long (Highway 73 to Samuelson Park)
Sturgeon River, St. Louis County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.4 miles long (CR766 to Highway 65)
Little Fork River, St. Louis County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.4 miles long (CR914 to CR481)
 Ski Areas Near Little Fork River:
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 49 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 76 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
 Hotels Near Little Fork River:
Hampton Inn - Hibbing MN, Hibbing , 23 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Hibbing, Hibbing , 24 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MOUNTAIN IRON (VIRGINIA), Mountain Iron , 30 miles away
AmericInn Virginia, Virginia , 36 miles away
Super 8 Eveleth, Eveleth , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Fork River:
Ax-Handle Hound, Cook, 6 miles away
Samuelson Park, Side Lake, 8 miles away
McCarthy Beach State Park - Beatrice Lake, Side Lake, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Little Fork River:
Snake Trail, St. Louis , 10 miles away
Link Lake Trail, Itasca , 12 miles away
Stingy Lake Trail, Itasca , 14 miles away
Valley River Trail, Itasca , 20 miles away
Holstrum Spur Trail, Koochiching , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Fork River:
Voyageurs National Park, International Falls - MN , 43 miles away
McCarthy Beach State Park, Minnesota , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Fork River
Pelican Lake, St. Louis , 12 miles away
Ash Lake, St. Louis , 15 miles away
Thistledew Lake, Itasca , 19 miles away

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