Vermillion River Vermillion Falls Park

Hastings, Minnesota

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The Vermillion gorge is a short but challenging whitewater run, but only in the high water of early spring. In high water, holes that form below ledges get grabby. The Vermillion River riffles and glides through the rolling hills of farmland and outer suburbs south of the Twin Cities. It pulls into Hastings, slides under U.S. Highway 61 and leaps into the abyss—literally. This gentle farmland stream steps completely out of character, plunging over a falls of about 20 feet and running through a third of a mile of ledges and rapids. High cliffs of dolomite press in on the river. The river is narrow and steep, and maneuvering is tight. As the river passes under the old Hastings and Dakota railroad trestle (now a pedestrian bridge) it narrows in a steep drop and then eases up. Rate this stretch class III in medium water and class IV in high water.
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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

The Vermillion gorge is a short but challenging whitewater run, but only in the high water of early spring. In high water, holes that form below ledges get grabby.

The Vermillion River riffles and glides through the rolling hills of farmland and outer suburbs south of the Twin Cities. It pulls into Hastings, slides under U.S. Highway 61 and leaps into the abyss—literally. This gentle farmland stream steps completely out of character, plunging over a falls of about 20 feet and running through a third of a mile of ledges and rapids. High cliffs of dolomite press in on the river. The river is narrow and steep, and maneuvering is tight. As the river passes under the old Hastings and Dakota railroad trestle (now a pedestrian bridge) it narrows in a steep drop and then eases up. Rate this stretch class III in medium water and class IV in high water.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Hastings
Distance: 0.6
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Less than a hour
Class: Class III-IV
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Maps: PRIM Metro South
Driving Directions: Directions to Vermillion River: Vermillion Falls Park

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