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Kettle River State Water Trail

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East Central MN; Carlton and Pine Counties

DNR Parks and Trails
Moose Lake Area Office
(218) 460-7021


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The Kettle River is one of the best white water rivers in the Midwest. It is bounded by a heavy forest of black spruce, fir, birch, aspen, maple, ash, and elm, with scattered red, white, and jack pines.

The Kettle is designated as a wild and scenic river.

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Most of the rapids on this river are Class I during low water, with some stretches reaching II or III in high water. The Banning Rapids area ranges in difficulty from Class II-IV at all water levels. The width varies from 30-250 feet. About rapids classes.

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