Big Fork River Big Falls to Rainy River

Big Falls, Minnesota

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After a tumultuous falls at Big Falls, the Big Fork meanders placidly to its meeting with the Rainy River. It's a good stretch for canoe camping or fishing. The average gradient is 1.5 feet per mile, not including the series of falls at Big Falls, where the river drops about 35 feet in a quarter mile. The major scenic attraction in this stretch is the series of falls and rapids in Big Falls, where the Big Fork, a sizable river at this point, plunges over a series of rocky ledges. The falls rate class IV in low water, but soon become much more difficult as the water rises and the drops fill with 6-foot-high backrollers and big souse holes. At exceptionally high water, the turbulence and mayhem is breathtaking. The portage around the falls starts at the access on the left side of the river (by the railroad trestle), crosses the river on the U.S. Highway 71 bridge and follows the access road along the right bank of the river.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

After a tumultuous falls at Big Falls, the Big Fork meanders placidly to its meeting with the Rainy River. It's a good stretch for canoe camping or fishing. The average gradient is 1.5 feet per mile, not including the series of falls at Big Falls, where the river drops about 35 feet in a quarter mile.

The major scenic attraction in this stretch is the series of falls and rapids in Big Falls, where the Big Fork, a sizable river at this point, plunges over a series of rocky ledges. The falls rate class IV in low water, but soon become much more difficult as the water rises and the drops fill with 6-foot-high backrollers and big souse holes. At exceptionally high water, the turbulence and mayhem is breathtaking. The portage around the falls starts at the access on the left side of the river (by the railroad trestle), crosses the river on the U.S. Highway 71 bridge and follows the access road along the right bank of the river.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Big Falls
Distance: 51
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 - 3 days
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Maps: MDNR Big Fork River Canoe Route
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Fork River: Big Falls to Rainy River

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