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Minnesota whitewater, St. Louis River

St. Louis county, Highway 53 to Highway 33 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     85 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Minnesota you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The starting point is not too far from Duluth, as you can see on the road map further down. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling places. Great
    exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in
advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Highway 53 to Highway 33 stretch of St. Louis River in Minnesota is 85 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. The natural beauty of St. Louis County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. This river  
system is full of great paddling stretches, the Highway 53 to Highway 33 stretch is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
The friendly people of Canyon like to hang out close by. St. Louis River gets very little rainfall. Most of the rain falls during June, and February is the month with the least moisture. All through the summertime months at St. Louis River temperatures are regularly in the 70's. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 50's. All through the wintertime highs are generally in the 10's, and after the sun is down during the wintertime temperatures at St.

St. Louis River, Highway 53 to Highway 33 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 St. Louis River.
 Whitewater Near St. Louis River:
Cloquet River, St. Louis County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (US Route 53 to US Route 2)
St. Louis River, St. Louis County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 85 miles long (Highway 53 to Highway 33)
St. Louis River, Carlton County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.4 miles long (Highway 61 to Thomson Reservoir)
Midway River, Scanlon County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Highway 61 to Thomson Reservoir)
St. Louis River, Carlton County, 19 miles away
      Class II-V - 3.25 miles long (CR210 to Oldenburg Point)
Whitewater Outfitter - Spring Creek Outfitters, Saint Louis County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near St. Louis River:
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 24 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 28 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 78 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 80 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
 Hotels Near St. Louis River:
AmericInn Cloquet, Cloquet , 16 miles away
Super 8 Cloquet, Cloquet , 16 miles away
AmericInn Carlton, Carlton , 18 miles away
Super 8 Eveleth, Eveleth , 20 miles away
AmericInn Duluth South, Duluth , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near St. Louis River:
Ico Campground, Cotton, 3 miles away
Cloquet River Campground, Duluth, 5 miles away
Pine River Campground, Rutledge, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near St. Louis River:
Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota , 19 miles away
Moose Lake State Park, Minnesota , 33 miles away
Pattison State Park, Wisconsin , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near St. Louis River:
Le Grande Driving Range, Duluth , 15 miles away
Cloquet Country Club Golf Course, Cloquet , 15 miles away
Pike Lake Golf Course, Duluth , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near St. Louis River
Strand Lake, St. Louis , 7 miles away
Lake Augusta, St. Louis , 11 miles away
Horseshoe Lake, St. Louis , 15 miles away

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