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Minnesota whitewater, Pigeon River

Cook county, Partridge Falls to Poplar Creek Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     8.5 miles
Taylor Park is a private campground and only members and their guests are allowed.To be a member you need to be recommended by a current member in good standing to get added to the waiting list which could be 3 or more years! Says Jerry

The Partridge Falls to Poplar Creek Road stretch of Pigeon River in Minnesota is 8.5 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable
    drive from Houghton, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby
campground. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too many other rivers for that. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of  
rivers here are not for beginners. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The natural beauty of Cook County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
The great folks of Grand Portage like to hang out nearby. Grand Portage National Monument is a very pleasant place to check out close to Pigeon River, and Grand Portage State Park is a lovely place any time of year. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Pigeon River gets a typical amount of rain. September is the wettest month with most rain, and February meanwhile is the driest month.

Pigeon River, Partridge Falls to Poplar Creek 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 Pigeon River.
 Whitewater Near Pigeon River:
Pigeon River, Cook County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Partridge Falls to Poplar Creek Road)
Pigeon River, Cook County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 7 miles long (Poplar Creek Road to Highway 61)
Flute Reed River, Cook County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Cty 69 to Lake Superior)
Brule River, Cook County, 22 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 6 miles long (Sauna Bath Rapid to Highway 61)
Kadunce River, Cook County, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.5 miles long (Superior Hiking Trail footbridge to Highway 61)
 Ski Areas Near Pigeon River:
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 33 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 55 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 67 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 71 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 71 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 72 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 85 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
 Marinas Near Pigeon River:
Grand Portage Marina, Grand Portage , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Pigeon River:
Best Western Plus Superior Inn, Grand Marais , 40 miles away
East Bay Suites, Grand Marais , 40 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pigeon River:
Grand Portage State Forest - McFarland Lake, Hovland, 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pigeon River:
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 2 miles away
Grand Portage State Park, Minnesota , 12 miles away
Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Minnesota , 21 miles away

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