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Wisconsin whitewater, Apple River

Polk county, Little Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     4 miles
  The nature scenery of Polk County and the water flowing gracefully down Apple River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Menomonie, as you can see on the road map further down. There are
    some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Little Falls section is one of them. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. You might have to settle for a hotel
a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you won't find a large number of other spots. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
The wonderful folks of Amery like to hang out close by, and you'll never forgive yourself if you donít go skiing at Trollhaugen since you're here. The sights at Saint Croix National Scenic River will blow your mind. A normal amount of precipitation falls here at Apple River. For the duration of August this area sees the most rain, and February on the other hand is the driest. Throughout the long summer days, highs frequently are in the 80's at Apple River while nighttime lows are typically in the 50's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 20's, and winter nights come with lows in the-10's to Apple River.

Apple River, Little Falls 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 Apple River.
 Whitewater Near Apple River:
Apple River, Polk County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Little Falls)
St. Croix River, Chisago County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Taylor's Falls)
St. Croix River, Polk County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.2 miles long (Taylors Falls)
Apple River, St.Croix County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (Somerset)
 Ski Areas Near Apple River:
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 12 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 16 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Afton Alps, Minnesota , 32 miles away, 350 foot drop, 18 lifts, 41 runs
Welch Village, Minnesota , 40 miles away, 360 foot drop, 10 lifts, 60 runs
Buck Hill, Minnesota , 64 miles away, 309 foot drop, 11 lifts, 13 runs
Hyland, Minnesota , 67 miles away, 175 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 72 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 74 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Apple River:
Mort's Marina, Amery , 3 miles away
Milltown Dock & Marine Service Center, Milltown , 13 miles away
Wild River Marina, Saint Croix Falls , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Apple River:
AmericInn New Richmond, New Richmond , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express ST. CROIX VALLEY, Saint Croix Falls , 13 miles away
Luck Country Inn, Luck , 15 miles away
AmericInn Baldwin, Baldwin , 16 miles away
Super 8 Baldwin, Baldwin , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Apple River:
Cast-a-way Trailer Park, Amery, 2 miles away
Port Valhalla Campground, Amery, 6 miles away
Balsam Lake Pine Park - Town, Balsam Lake, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Apple River:
Saint Croix National Scenic River, Saint Croix Falls - WI , 14 miles away
Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, St. Paul - MN , 46 miles away
Interstate State Park, Minnesota , 16 miles away
Willow River State Park, Wisconsin , 20 miles away
William O'Brien State Park, Minnesota , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Apple River:
Amery Golf Club, Amery , 5 miles away
Five Flags Country Club Estate, Balsam Lake , 10 miles away
New Richmond Golf Club, New Richmond , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Apple River
Pike Lake, Polk , 6 miles away
Balsam Lake, Polk , 9 miles away
Cedar Lake, St. Croix , 9 miles away

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