Sturgeon River County Route 65 to County Road 923

Side Lake, Minnesota

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The Sturgeon undergoes another change - from hair-raising whitewater run to a lazy stream blocked by frequent log-jams. Don't be lulled to sleep by the long quiet sections and overlook the few notable rapids on this stretch. After a whitewater tantrum in the previous stretch, the Sturgeon seems exhausted. It winds past slumping banks of clay. Downed trees cross the channel. In places dozens of logs lodge in a bend or shallow stretch of the river. If you choose to run this section, you’ll have to pick your way through perhaps a half dozen jams. Often you’ll have no choice but to portage. The locations and sizes of the logjams vary as floods break up the jams and move them elsewhere. Fishing can be good for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and even a few muskies.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

The Sturgeon undergoes another change - from hair-raising whitewater run to a lazy stream blocked by frequent log-jams. Don't be lulled to sleep by the long quiet sections and overlook the few notable rapids on this stretch. After a whitewater tantrum in the previous stretch, the Sturgeon seems exhausted. It winds past slumping banks of clay. Downed trees cross the channel.

In places dozens of logs lodge in a bend or shallow stretch of the river. If you choose to run this section, you’ll have to pick your way through perhaps a half dozen jams. Often you’ll have no choice but to portage. The locations and sizes of the logjams vary as floods break up the jams and move them elsewhere. Fishing can be good for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and even a few muskies.

©  Greg Breining/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Side Lake
Distance: 25.1
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 10 - 14 hours
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Maps: PRIM Vermillion Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Sturgeon River: County Route 65 to County Road 923

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