Vermillion River Vermillion Falls Park

Hastings, Minnesota 55033

Vermillion River Vermillion Falls Park

Vermillion River: Vermillion Falls Park Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

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Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Less than a hour
Class III-IV
Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Contacts
PRIM Metro South
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Jul 2018