Rainy River

International Falls, Minnesota

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The Rainy is a wide and generally calm river of interest to canoeists primarily for its history and the fishing it offers. Though early traveler Sir Alexander Mackenzie had called the Rainy “one of the finest rivers in the N.W.,” from a canoeist’s standpoint, the Rainy is long, wide, and rather boring, with Minnesota Highway 11 flanking the river to the south for nearly its entire length. On the Minnesota side, the river is screened from the road by a fringe of aspen woods and occasional hayfields flank the river at times. On the Canadian side, the highway strays farther from the river. The river passes through sections of fast water and some rapids, but nothing especially difficult.
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by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

The Rainy is a wide and generally calm river of interest to canoeists primarily for its history and the fishing it offers.

Though early traveler Sir Alexander Mackenzie had called the Rainy “one of the finest rivers in the N.W.,” from a canoeist’s standpoint, the Rainy is long, wide, and rather boring, with Minnesota Highway 11 flanking the river to the south for nearly its entire length. On the Minnesota side, the river is screened from the road by a fringe of aspen woods and occasional hayfields flank the river at times. On the Canadian side, the highway strays farther from the river. The river passes through sections of fast water and some rapids, but nothing especially difficult.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: International Falls
Distance: 78
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 - 6 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: PRIM
Driving Directions: Directions to Rainy River

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