Kettle River County Road 131 to County Route 52

Kettle River, Minnesota

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Because the river is small, steep, and drains quickly, it's too low and rocky to run most of the year. But when heavy snowmelt or spring rains funnel down the watershed, hop aboard for a roller coaster ride on a series of long, wavy rapids. Rapids are steepest and most numerous in the first half of the run. They're great for beginning whitewater paddlers to develop their skills. At lower levels, the river will keep you busy dodging boulders. Otherwise, the rapids don’t pose many technical difficulties, just a fun ride. The Kettle River was designated the state’s first wild and scenic river in 1975; on the basis of beauty alone, it deserves the distinction. Even though most of the valley’s white pine was logged during the late 1800s, much of the valley and river-side today is heavily forested with hardwoods and scattered conifers.
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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

Because the river is small, steep, and drains quickly, it's too low and rocky to run most of the year. But when heavy snowmelt or spring rains funnel down the watershed, hop aboard for a roller coaster ride on a series of long, wavy rapids. Rapids are steepest and most numerous in the first half of the run. They're great for beginning whitewater paddlers to develop their skills.

At lower levels, the river will keep you busy dodging boulders. Otherwise, the rapids don’t pose many technical difficulties, just a fun ride. The Kettle River was designated the state’s first wild and scenic river in 1975; on the basis of beauty alone, it deserves the distinction. Even though most of the valley’s white pine was logged during the late 1800s, much of the valley and river-side today is heavily forested with hardwoods and scattered conifers.

©  Greg Breining/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Kettle River
Distance: 16
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 - 6 hours
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Maps: MDNR Kettle River Canoe Route
Driving Directions: Directions to Kettle River: County Road 131 to County Route 52

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