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Minnesota whitewater, Sauk River

Stearns county, Highway of Park to Mississippi River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     4.1 miles
  If you're coming from St. Cloud it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Minnesota is often tougher than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors
    will have you coming back for more. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The nature scenery of Stearns County and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here
to paddle. No shortage of good hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This stretch of Sauk River in Stearns County is 4.1 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
River is not far at all from Waite Park, and the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of nearby Powder Ridge. Through the long summer days highs here at Sauk River get into the 80's. Through the dark hours of summer temperatures descend down into the 50's. Highs throughout the wintertime are ordinarily in the 10's, and night lows at Sauk River throughout the winter generally dip into the-10's. From a precipitation point of view Sauk River is a reasonably typical location. The month of June is the wettest with most of the rain while February is usually the driest month.

Sauk River, Highway of Park to Mississippi River 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 Sauk River.
 Whitewater Near Sauk River:
Sauk River, Stearns County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.1 miles long (Highway of Park to Mississippi River)
Mississippi River, Stearns County, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 0.1 miles long (Sauk Rapids)
 Ski Areas Near Sauk River:
Powder Ridge, Minnesota , 13 miles away, 290 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Hyland, Minnesota , 68 miles away, 175 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Mount Kato, Minnesota , 71 miles away, 240 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
Buck Hill, Minnesota , 76 miles away, 309 foot drop, 11 lifts, 13 runs
Andes Tower Hills, Minnesota , 100 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
 Hotels Near Sauk River:
AmericInn Sartell, Sartell , 1 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton St Cloud, Saint Cloud , 1 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites St Cloud MN, Saint Cloud , 1 miles away
Days Inn St Cloud, Saint Cloud , 1 miles away
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites ST. CLOUD, Saint Cloud , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sauk River:
St Cloud Campground & Recreational Vehicle Park, St Cloud, 6 miles away
St Cloud Campground and RV Park, Saint Cloud, 7 miles away
Benton Beach Campgrounds, Rice, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sauk River:
Lake Maria State Park, Minnesota , 21 miles away
Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, Minnesota , 23 miles away
Crow Wing State Park, Minnesota , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sauk River:
Veterans Golf Course, Saint Cloud , 1 miles away
Angushire Golf Course, Saint Cloud , 2 miles away
Blackberry Ridge Golf Course, Sartell , 2 miles away
 Lakes Near Sauk River
Little Rock Lake, Stearns , 2 miles away
Little Rock Lake, Benton , 8 miles away
Hinz Lake, Stearns , 11 miles away

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