Baptism River

Finland, Minnesota 55603

Baptism River

Baptism River Professional Review and Guide

"Typical of North Shore streams, the Baptism is steep, twisting, and potentially lethal.

The Baptism is as good an introduction as any to the North Shore streams. It’s easier than many (albeit, only slightly). It’s also accessible by road and foot trail, so you can walk out if you tire of portaging and being scared to death. Put in at the Eckbeck Campground. The river takes a sharp right bend and tumbles through a long stretch of bouldery Class III rapids known as Confinement Canyon."

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Trail Information

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Skill Level
3-5 hours
Class III-VI
Several unrunnable falls give little warning. Stay on your toes, and be ready to grab an eddy.
Additional Use
MDNR Information Center (651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367) can provide information on Tettegouche State Park and Finland State Forest (including Eckbeck Campground). Northwoods Whitewater by Jim Rada provides excellent descriptions of several North Shore streams, including the Baptism.
Local Contacts
USGS Doyle Lake, Finland, and Illgen City; MDNR Tettegouche State Park map ( shows foot trails and some river features. DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 77 E10
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Jul 2018