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Wisconsin whitewater, Apple River

St.Croix county, Somerset section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     2 miles
  The Somerset stretch of Apple River in St.Croix County is 2 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The wonderful Wisconsin scenery and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. There's camping available near Apple River. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. This stretch is short so you'd better be prepared
    to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are not so many other good spots for that around here. The Somerset stretch is one of a few paddling
stretches in this river system. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Apple River without visiting
William O'Brien State Park, and there are plenty of people from Somerset here. Willow River State Park is a great place to go if you're at Apple River, and if you're looking for a beach close by we recommend Browns Beach. This river is so great. Visiting Saint Croix National Scenic River is just something you need to do if you haven't yet. You can never get enough of the tremendous skiing at Trollhaugen. During the summertime months here at Apple River, high temperatures commonly reach the 80's, and during the night it cools down to the 60's. Daytime highs throughout the winter are in the 20's; after the sun is down during the winter temperatures at Apple River fall into the 0's.

Apple River, Somerset 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, St.Croix County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (Somerset)
St. Croix River, Polk County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.2 miles long (Taylors Falls)
St. Croix River, Chisago County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Taylor's Falls)
Apple River, Polk County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Little Falls)
Vermilion River, Dakota County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 0.5 miles long (Falls to Old Mill in Hastings)
 Ski Areas Near Apple River:
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 12 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 14 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Afton Alps, Minnesota , 16 miles away, 350 foot drop, 18 lifts, 41 runs
Welch Village, Minnesota , 28 miles away, 360 foot drop, 10 lifts, 60 runs
Buck Hill, Minnesota , 47 miles away, 309 foot drop, 11 lifts, 13 runs
Hyland, Minnesota , 50 miles away, 175 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 84 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 91 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Apple River:
Marine Landing, Marine On Saint Croix , 7 miles away
River Park Marina, Bayport , 9 miles away
Sunnyside Port-Sunnyside Club, Stillwater , 9 miles away
Stillwater Marina, Stillwater , 10 miles away
Boomsite Marina, Stillwater , 10 miles away
 Beaches Near Apple River:
Browns Beach, St. Croix , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Apple River:
Americas Best Value Inn, Hudson , 7 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites-Hudson WI, Hudson , 9 miles away
Comfort Suites Hudson, Hudson , 9 miles away
Fairfield Inn Hudson, Hudson , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HUDSON-I-94, Hudson , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Apple River:
Somerset Camp and Tubing, Somerset, 0 miles away
Apple River Campground, Somerset, 0 miles away
Riverdale Campgrounds, Somerset, 0 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 , 29 miles away
Willow River State Park, Wisconsin , 5 miles away
William O'Brien State Park, Minnesota , 8 miles away
Interstate State Park, Minnesota , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Apple River:
Bristol Ridge Golf Course, Somerset , 3 miles away
St Croix National Golf Club, Somerset , 5 miles away
White Eagle Golf Club, Hudson , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Apple River
Bass Lake, St. Croix , 3 miles away
Cedar Lake, St. Croix , 8 miles away
Little Carnelian Lake, Washington , 9 miles away

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