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Wisconsin whitewater, Black River

Douglas county, Little Manitou Falls to Rail Road bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(V+)     4.8 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Duluth, as you can see on the road map further down. The average Wisconsin whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. This section of Black River in Wisconsin is 4.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III(V+) section. The scenic beauty of
    Douglas County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night,
but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. The Little Manitou Falls to Rail Road bridge section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors  
have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Spirit Mountain has nice slopes and a friendly staff; Pattison State Park is a pleasant place to stop by. A short spree to Little Manitou Falls is always worthwhile, and Rocky Gorge is a fine place to explore. This river is so perfect. Big Manitou Falls is always fun to check out, and the good people of Foxboro like to hang out close by. For the period of the warm days of summer, highs ordinarily are in the 70's at Black River, and through the night it cools down to the 50's. During the wintertime the highs are typically in the 10's; after the sun is down during the wintertime temperatures at Black River drop into the-10's.

Black River, Little Manitou Falls to Rail Road bridge 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 Black River.
 Whitewater Near Black River:
Black River, Douglas County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 4.8 miles long (Little Manitou Falls to Rail Road bridge)
Amnicon River, Douglas County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 5.7 miles long (Anderson Hill Road to Cty U)
Upper Tamarack River, Douglas County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 13.3 miles long (Radigan dam to Markville)
Amity Creek, St Louis County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.4 miles long (Skyline Pkwy to Lester River)
Lester River, St. Louis County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Lester River Road to Superior St.)
Midway River, Scanlon County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Highway 61 to Thomson Reservoir)
St. Louis River, Carlton County, 19 miles away
      Class II-V - 3.25 miles long (CR210 to Oldenburg Point)
St. Croix River, Douglas/Burnett County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.8 miles long (Gordon Dam to St. Croix Tr.)
St. Louis River, Carlton County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.4 miles long (Highway 61 to Thomson Reservoir)
French River, St. Louis County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.2 miles long (Cty 33 to Ryan Road)
 Ski Areas Near Black River:
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 10 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 51 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 65 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 66 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 71 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Afton Alps, Minnesota , 92 miles away, 350 foot drop, 18 lifts, 41 runs
 Marinas Near Black River:
Harbor Cove Marina, Duluth , 9 miles away
Spirit Lake Marine, Duluth , 9 miles away
Lakehead Boat Basin, Duluth , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Black River:
Signature Inn Superior Duluth, Superior , 9 miles away
Best Western Bridgeview Hotel, Superior , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SUPERIOR - DULUTH AREA, Superior , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn Superior Duluth WI, Superior , 10 miles away
Super 8 Duluth, Duluth , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
Amnicon Acres Campground, Superior, 5 miles away
Amnicon Falls State Park, Superior, 7 miles away
Pattison State Park, Superior, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Saint Croix National Scenic River, Saint Croix Falls - WI , 64 miles away
Pattison State Park, Wisconsin , 1 miles away
Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota , 17 miles away
Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
Nemadji Golf Course, Superior , 7 miles away
Pattison Park Golf Course, Superior , 7 miles away
Enger Park Golf Course, Duluth , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
Horseshoe Lake, St. Louis , 19 miles away

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