Kettle River: Minnesota Highway 48 to St. Croix River Professional Review and Guide
"With mile after mile of long, easy rapids, wooded bluffs, and good fishing, the final section of the Kettle River is one of the finest day-long canoe runs in Minnesota. The river is more than 200 feet wide in its final few miles, and swamping in the rapids can lead to a long swim. Be especially careful in cold water.
Whether you’re paddling to enjoy scenery, to watch wildlife, to fish, or to get a dose of light-duty whitewater, this stretch of the Kettle makes for one of the best canoe trips going. The first 7 miles of this stretch wind through bottomland forest, where you’re likely to spot songbirds, waterfowl, kingfishers, and perhaps beavers and otters."