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Minnesota whitewater, Temperance River

Cook county, FR166 to Temperance River State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     8.5 miles
  The FR166 to Temperance River State Park section of Temperance River in Cook County is 8.5 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III(IV) section by American Whitewater. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Minnesota are often more challenging than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have
    a lot of people coming here. There are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this
is an area with plenty of spots for that. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The FR166 to Temperance River State Park stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
The skiing at Lutsen is tremendous, and a spree to Temperance River State Park rejuvenates the soul. Hiking along
the Honeymoon Trail is perfect fun, and you'll meet a lot of people from Tofte here. This river is so great. Temperance River gets a normal amount of annual precipitation. June is the wettest month with most rain, and February is the month with the least moisture. The warmest time of the year at Temperance River arrives with high temperatures in the 70's. Summer nighttime lows descend down to the 50's. Daytime highs all through the wintertime are in the 10's, and all through the dark hours in the winter at Temperance River temperatures fall to the-10's.

Temperance River, FR166 to Temperance River State Park 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 Temperance River.
 Whitewater Near Temperance River:
Temperance River, Cook County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.5 miles long (FR166 to Temperance River State Park)
Temperance River, Cook County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Highway 2 and FR164 to FR166)
Cross River, Cook County, 7 miles away
      Class II-V - 8.5 miles long (Forest Road 166 to falls above Highway 61)
Two Island River, Cook County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.3 miles long (Cty 1 to Highway 61)
Poplar River, Cook County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 2.2 miles long (Lutsen ski hill to Highway 61)
Manitou River, Lake County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.5 miles long (Cty 5 to falls above Highway 61)
Cascade River, Cook County, 24 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Cascades of Cascade)
Cascade River, Cook County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.5 miles long (CR45 to Cascade River State Park)
Cascade River, Cook County, 25 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 3.5 miles long (FR157 to CR45)
Baptism River, Lake County, 27 miles away
      Class II-V - 4.8 miles long (Eckbeck campground to Lake Superior)
 Ski Areas Near Temperance River:
Lutsen, Minnesota , 10 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 64 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 74 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 79 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 80 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 91 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 100 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
 Hotels Near Temperance River:
AmericInn Tofte, Tofte , 2 miles away
Lutsen Resort, Lutsen , 7 miles away
Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen , 11 miles away
The Lutsen Mountain Inn, Lutsen , 11 miles away
Eagle Ridge Resort at Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Temperance River:
Temperance River State Park, Schroeder, 2 miles away
Lamb's Campground and Resort, Schroeder, 4 miles away
Temperance River Campground, Cook County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Temperance River:
Honeymoon Trail, Cook , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Temperance River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 36 miles away
Temperance River State Park, Minnesota , 2 miles away
George Crosby Manitou State Park, Minnesota , 16 miles away
Cascade River State Park, Minnesota , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Temperance River:
Superior National Lutsen-Golf, Lutsen , 11 miles away

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