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Minnesota whitewater, Sturgeon River

St. Louis county, CR766 to Highway 65 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     3.4 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Duluth, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. This river
    system has a few good paddling sections and the CR766 to Highway 65 section is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you
come because it is a very popular destination. This stretch of Sturgeon River is 3.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The natural beauty of Minnesota and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This section is quite short so you'll have to walk back to the start over  
and over. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good places for that around here. The beautiful Mesabi Range scenery is an added bonus.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of folks from Side Lake here at Sturgeon River. Places like McCarthy Beach State Park are good to explore, and the Snake Trail offers hiking at its best. This is such a great river. Sturgeon River is right by the Stingy Lake Trail. A common amount of rainfall falls here at Sturgeon River. June is the month that gets the most rain, and February is when it's the driest.

Sturgeon River, CR766 to Highway 65 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 Sturgeon River.
 Whitewater Near Sturgeon River:
Sturgeon River, St. Louis County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.4 miles long (CR766 to Highway 65)
Little Fork River, St. Louis County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 23 miles long (Highway 73 to Samuelson Park)
Little Fork River, St. Louis County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.4 miles long (CR914 to CR481)
Whitewater Outfitter - Spring Creek Outfitters, Saint Louis County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Sturgeon River:
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 42 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 65 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
 Hotels Near Sturgeon River:
Americas Best Value Inn Hibbing, Hibbing , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn - Hibbing MN, Hibbing , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MOUNTAIN IRON (VIRGINIA), Mountain Iron , 21 miles away
AmericInn Virginia, Virginia , 27 miles away
Super 8 Eveleth, Eveleth , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sturgeon River:
Pine Beach Resort & Campground, Side Lake, 8 miles away
McCarthy Beach State Park - Side Lake, Side Lake, 8 miles away
C C Campground 717, Side Lake, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Sturgeon River:
Snake Trail, St. Louis , 9 miles away
Stingy Lake Trail, Itasca , 11 miles away
Link Lake Trail, Itasca , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sturgeon River:
Voyageurs National Park, International Falls - MN , 55 miles away
McCarthy Beach State Park, Minnesota , 9 miles away
Savanna Portage State Park, Minnesota , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sturgeon River:
Hibbing Golf Course, Hibbing , 11 miles away
Mesaba Country Club, Hibbing , 12 miles away
Mesaba Golf Course, Hibbing , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Sturgeon River
Pelican Lake, St. Louis , 18 miles away

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