Designated “Scenic and Wild” the Kettle River is an exciting run for whitewater paddlers. Flowing through Banning State Park, the river gives a thrill to adventure seekers.
Our run on the Kettle starts just above “Blueberry Slide” a long and tricky rapid to kick off the run. The fun keeps going as the Kettle squeezes into the gorge and rafters run “Mother’s Delight” and the “Dragons Tooth” tight and technical, keep paddling and don’t forget to check out the scenery.
Next comes the “Little Banning Rapids”, lively and fun with a quick view of a Ghost Town.
The river slows a bit, giving rafters a little time before the final big rapid of the trip – “Hell’s Gate”
The trip finishes with a stop at Wolf Creek Falls and a slow float back to Robinson Park in Sandstone MN.
Whitewater rafting near Minneapolis Minnesota
Water Levels – the Kettle River is a protected free flowing river, the river goes up and down with the rain. At higher levels, big rafts are used, and when the river is running at lower levels we have inflatable kayaks (mini rafts.) If the Kettle River is above 3,400 cfs, trips will be postponed to a later date.
Rafting trips on the Kettle River – we start with a shuttle ride from Robinson Park in Sandstone, Minnesota to the head of the rapids in Banning State Park.
Robinson Park – Park your car, meet your guide, jump on the shuttle bus.
The Float – from the Banning State park river access back to your where you parked in Robinson Park.
Directions to the Kettle River : Located just off interstate highway 35, roughly half way between the Twin Cities and Duluth. Follow highway 123 through town, turn left on Old Wagon Road just before you cross the Kettle River.
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