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Minnesota whitewater, Vermilion River

St. Louis county, Vermilion Dam to Twomile Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     5.5 miles
  The average Minnesota whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The wonderful St. Louis County scenery and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The starting point is not too far from Duluth, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There are so many stretches
    to paddle in this river system, the Vermilion Dam to Twomile Creek stretch is just one of many. This section of Vermilion River in Minnesota is 5.5 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater.
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. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. The campgrounds here at Vermilion River are pretty good. This stretch  
is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Vermilion River you can take a hike along the Taconite Trail; while you're here, do take a visit to Wolf Bay. On a glorious day at Vermilion River you can take a hike along the Canfield Portage. Summer brings highs in the 70's to Vermilion River. For the period of the dark hours of summer temperatures descend down into the 40's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 10's, and after the sun is down all through the winter temperatures at Vermilion River plunge into the-20's.

Vermilion River, Vermilion Dam to Twomile Creek 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 Vermilion River.
 Whitewater Near Vermilion River:
Vermilion River, St. Louis County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Vermilion Dam to Twomile Creek)
Vermilion River, St. Louis County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Eightmile Creek to Cty 24)
Vermilion River, St. Louis County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (FS491 to CR24)
Little Fork River, St. Louis County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.4 miles long (CR914 to CR481)
Whitewater Outfitter - Spring Creek Outfitters, Saint Louis County, 23 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Little Fork River, St. Louis County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 23 miles long (Highway 73 to Samuelson Park)
St. Louis River, St. Louis County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II - 85 miles long (Highway 53 to Highway 33)
 Ski Areas Near Vermilion River:
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 22 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 61 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
 Marinas Near Vermilion River:
Timbuktu Marine, Cook , 3 miles away
Shamrock Landing, Tower , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Vermilion River:
AmericInn Virginia, Virginia , 20 miles away
Lodge At Giants Ridge, Biwabik , 22 miles away
Super 8 Eveleth, Eveleth , 24 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MOUNTAIN IRON (VIRGINIA), Mountain Iron , 24 miles away
Timber Wolf Lodge, Ely , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Vermilion River:
Kabetogama State Forest - Hinsdale Island, Tower, 4 miles away
Hinsdale Island Campground, St. Louis County, 4 miles away
Thunderhook Camps, Cook, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Vermilion River:
Taconite Trail, St. Louis , 10 miles away
Canfield Portage, St. Louis , 13 miles away
Beatty Portage, St. Louis , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Vermilion River:
Bear Head Lake State Park, Minnesota , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Vermilion River:
Vermilion River Greens, Orr , 8 miles away
Wilderness At Fortune Bay, Tower , 12 miles away
Vermilion Fairways, Cook , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Vermilion River
Echo Lake, St. Louis , 9 miles away
Little Vermilion Lake, St. Louis , 15 miles away
Myrtle Lake, St. Louis , 15 miles away

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