St Louis River-Scanlon to Thomson Reservoir

Scanlon, Minnesota 55733

St Louis River-Scanlon to Thomson Reservoir

St. Louis River-Scanlon to Thomson Reservoir Professional Review and Guide

"Though short, this section provides a wild and beautiful ride down distinctive rapids and falls. About 0.5 mile into the run, the river runs through a short, wavy drop called Warm-up Rapids (river mile 33.0). Nothing to it, you think—an easy Class I with no real obstacles. But because of its size, the river is pushier and its waves are bigger than they at first appear. Waves up to 2 feet at higher levels will bounce you around and give you a chance for a bit of surfing to warm up.

Few paddlers will pay much attention to the fishing; their attention will be riveted to the whitewater instead. However, the river and Thomson Reservoir harbor small-mouth bass, northern pike, walleye, and channel catfish."

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Trail Information

Scanlon
Nearby City
4.1
Distance
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
Class II-IV
Class
Several rapids are steep and long. Paddle with friends who can retrieve your boat and haul your soggy carcass from the river if you dump.
Hazards/Cautions
Fishing
Additional Use
MDNR Information Center: (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367
Local Contacts
MDNR Lower St. Louis River State Water Trail Guide: files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/canoe_routes/stlouislower.pdf; DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 65 E9
Local Maps

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Jul 2018