Vermilion River Vermilion Dam to Twomile Creek

Cook, Minnesota

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The Vermilion starts out with a bang, running through several difficult rapids and short pools. Note that the take-out requires a 1.5-mile paddle up Two-mile Creek, a marshy tributary. There are no hazards, except the rapids themselves. Vermilion Dam Rapids and Shively Falls are steep and bouldery - perfect for pinning and wrapping swamped canoes. The Vermilion slides over the dam at the outlet of Lake Vermilion and roars over a steep pile of boulders, forming a difficult pitch of whitewater about 200 yards long. In low water you’ll have to pick your way down a complicated route between and over large boulders (class III). In high water, waves kick up, holes form, and your job becomes all the tougher (class IV). Portage either side, about 275 yards.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

The Vermilion starts out with a bang, running through several difficult rapids and short pools. Note that the take-out requires a 1.5-mile paddle up Two-mile Creek, a marshy tributary. There are no hazards, except the rapids themselves. Vermilion Dam Rapids and Shively Falls are steep and bouldery - perfect for pinning and wrapping swamped canoes.

The Vermilion slides over the dam at the outlet of Lake Vermilion and roars over a steep pile of boulders, forming a difficult pitch of whitewater about 200 yards long. In low water you’ll have to pick your way down a complicated route between and over large boulders (class III). In high water, waves kick up, holes form, and your job becomes all the tougher (class IV). Portage either side, about 275 yards.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Cook
Distance: 5.5
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 - 4 hours
Class: Class I-IV
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Maps: Vermilion River Canoe Route
Driving Directions: Directions to Vermilion River: Vermilion Dam to Twomile Creek

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