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Minnesota whitewater, Manitou River

Lake county, Cty 5 to falls above Highway 61 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     5.5 miles
This is my father Arthur Valentine Peterson taken about 1915. If any one know which falls this is please let me know for I am going up the north shore soon and would like a picture of the falls. rumata @aol.com Says Don Peterson (see picture)

I believe the author intended the access raod to be Co.Rd 7 not 5...County Raod 5 runs thru the town of Silver Bay. Most summers the Manitou does not have the flow at Co. Rd. 7 to raft or the
    dpeth to even paddle until mile a mile or so downstream (very wide and shallow)..come early May or a late rainy fall. About 5 or so miles from the mouth in Crosby Manitou State park there are some good rapids year round.
It is private land at the crossing of Hwy 61 so get permission, and mega steep as there is a waterfall just upstream of the bridge. Good luck and try not to die. Says Local person

The average Minnesota whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The Cty 5 to falls above Highway 61 section of Manitou
River is 5.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. The scenic beauty of Minnesota and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. 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. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Duluth, as you can see on the road map further down.

Manitou River, Cty 5 to falls above Highway 61 road map
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These outdoors activities are available near Manitou River.
 Whitewater Near Manitou River:
Manitou River, Lake County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.5 miles long (Cty 5 to falls above Highway 61)
Two Island River, Cook County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.3 miles long (Cty 1 to Highway 61)
Baptism River, Lake County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V - 4.8 miles long (Eckbeck campground to Lake Superior)
Cross River, Cook County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V - 8.5 miles long (Forest Road 166 to falls above Highway 61)
Baptism River, Lake County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 5.2 miles long (Finland to Eckbeck campground)
Baptism River - West Br, Lake County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1 to Finland)
Beaver River - E.Br, Lake County, 18 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 2.2 miles long (CR5 to CR4)
Beaver River, Lake County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (confluence of E and W Branches to Highway 61)
Temperance River, Cook County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.5 miles long (FR166 to Temperance River State Park)
Temperance River, Cook County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Highway 2 and FR164 to FR166)
 Ski Areas Near Manitou River:
Lutsen, Minnesota , 27 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 69 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 83 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 84 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 85 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 88 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 90 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 94 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Manitou River:
Silver Bay Marina, Silver Bay , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Manitou River:
AmericInn Silver Bay, Silver Bay , 15 miles away
AmericInn Tofte, Tofte , 17 miles away
Cove Point Lodge, Beaver Bay , 18 miles away
Lutsen Resort, Lutsen , 24 miles away
Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Manitou River:
George H Crosby-Manitou State Park, Finland, 1 miles away
Ninemile Campground, Lake County, 5 miles away
Hog Lake, Schroeder, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Manitou River:
Moosewalk Snowmobile Trail, Lake , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Manitou River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 36 miles away
George Crosby Manitou State Park, Minnesota , 2 miles away
Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota , 10 miles away
Temperance River State Park, Minnesota , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Manitou River:
Silver Bay Golf Course, Silver Bay , 13 miles away

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