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Minnesota whitewater, Poplar River

Cook county, Lutsen ski hill to Highway 61 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV+(V)     2.2 miles
  The scenic beauty of Cook County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch of Poplar River in Minnesota is 2.2 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV+(V) section by American Whitewater. There are many good hotels to choose from, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are campgrounds quite near the river where
    you can camp. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Minnesota are harder than the national norm, so don't forget that
rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Poplar River you can take a hike along the Honeymoon Trail, and you can hit the slopes at Lutsen around here. Lots of folks
from Lutsen come to Poplar River, and Temperance River State Park is a pleasant site to stop at. A river like this is too good to miss. On a good day at Poplar River you can take a hike along the North Shore State Trail, and a spree to Cascade River State Park revitalizes the soul. The amount of precipitation that falls at Poplar River is close to the national average. Of all the months in a year August is the one with the most rain, and February is the month with the least moisture. Summertime highs at Poplar River frequently tend to be in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures dip down into the 50's.

Poplar River, Lutsen ski hill to Highway 61 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Poplar River.
 Whitewater Near Poplar River:
Poplar River, Cook County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 2.2 miles long (Lutsen ski hill to Highway 61)
Temperance River, Cook County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.5 miles long (FR166 to Temperance River State Park)
Temperance River, Cook County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Highway 2 and FR164 to FR166)
Cascade River, Cook County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Cascades of Cascade)
Cascade River, Cook County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.5 miles long (CR45 to Cascade River State Park)
Cascade River, Cook County, 15 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 3.5 miles long (FR157 to CR45)
Cross River, Cook County, 17 miles away
      Class II-V - 8.5 miles long (Forest Road 166 to falls above Highway 61)
Two Island River, Cook County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.3 miles long (Cty 1 to Highway 61)
Devil Track River, Cook County, 26 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.2 miles long (Devil Track Lake to Maple Hill)
Manitou River, Lake County, 29 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.5 miles long (Cty 5 to falls above Highway 61)
 Ski Areas Near Poplar River:
Lutsen, Minnesota , 0 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 62 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 68 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 73 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 74 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 83 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 99 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Poplar River:
The Lutsen Mountain Inn, Lutsen , 0 miles away
Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen , 0 miles away
Lutsen Resort, Lutsen , 4 miles away
Solbakken Resort On Superior, Lutsen , 6 miles away
Eagle Ridge Resort at Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Poplar River:
White Pine Lake, Tofte, 5 miles away
Poplar River Campground, Cook County, 6 miles away
Clara Lake, Tofte, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Poplar River:
Honeymoon Trail, Cook , 6 miles away
North Shore State Trail, Cook , 14 miles away
Rib Lake Trail, Cook , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Poplar River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 40 miles away
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 68 miles away
Temperance River State Park, Minnesota , 11 miles away
Cascade River State Park, Minnesota , 13 miles away
George Crosby Manitou State Park, Minnesota , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Poplar River:
Superior National Lutsen-Golf, Lutsen , 1 miles away
 Lakes Near Poplar River
Echo Lake, Cook , 16 miles away

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