Whiteface River Cotton to St Louis River

Cotton, Minnesota

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Below Cotton, the Whiteface is a swift but gentle stream that passes a mix of woods, pasture, and hay fields. Below Cotton, the Whiteface flows across the flat and often boggy terrain that characterizes much of the larger St. Louis River watershed. At times the river runs swiftly. About a mile downstream from the County Route 7 bridge, the river drops about 5 feet over a quarter mile to form a notable rapids just above the confluence with Joki Creek. Otherwise there are few rapids. In places, the banks slump and drop trees into the river. You may have to work through or portage an occasional logjam. Near Meadowlands, the steep banks and forests of the upper stretch give way to a more open countryside of aspen forests and pastureland. Fishing for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish can be good, especially near the St. Louis River, where deep water is found.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

Below Cotton, the Whiteface is a swift but gentle stream that passes a mix of woods, pasture, and hay fields.

Below Cotton, the Whiteface flows across the flat and often boggy terrain that characterizes much of the larger St. Louis River watershed. At times the river runs swiftly. About a mile downstream from the County Route 7 bridge, the river drops about 5 feet over a quarter mile to form a notable rapids just above the confluence with Joki Creek. Otherwise there are few rapids. In places, the banks slump and drop trees into the river. You may have to work through or portage an occasional logjam. Near Meadowlands, the steep banks and forests of the upper stretch give way to a more open countryside of aspen forests and pastureland.

Fishing for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish can be good, especially near the St. Louis River, where deep water is found.

©  Greg Breining/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Cotton
Distance: 33
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 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 Gibbing, Duluth
Driving Directions: Directions to Whiteface River: Cotton to St. Louis River

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