Canoeing and Kayaking

The Iron Trail is blessed with miles of majestic waterways. With over 320,000 acres of the Superior National Forest surrounding 500 lakes and rivers, the area is known for its’ scenic beauty and canoeing adventures. Our scenic beauty hasn’t changed much since the early voyageurs and fur traders paddled our waters in the early 1800’s. Pine

studded shorelines and glacial rock outcroppings combined with excellent walleye, bass, northern pike, and crappie fishing have created a canoeing legacy.

Discover the St. Louis River, a popular state-designated canoe route and the route of the early voyageurs. The river offers casual and relaxing canoeing in its’ southern portion and more wilderness and portages in its’ northern section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are available in the extreme lower portion of the southern route. Campsites and picnic areas are available on the river.

Canoe on our area lakes to observe wildlife and untouched wilderness. The Iron Trail region is home to 155 nesting birds and 40 animal species. Moose and bald eagles are a common sight observed by our many paddlers. Watch a loon dive for minnows or a moose wade in the water or imagine what scenic wonders lie around the next bend or in the next bay. No permits are required to enjoy our land of sky blue waters. Once you experience our crystal clear waters, you’ll never want to leave.

Kayaking is becoming a popular Iron Trail recreational sport. The St. Louis River, in its’ lower southern section, offers rapids classified from one to four. Sea kayaking on our larger lakes provides an unbelievable adventure from the novice to the experienced sea kayaker.

Spring Creek Outfitters can provide everything from canoe and kayak rental to complete packages that include gear, life jackets, tents and fishing poles. They’ll even provide direct access transportation with you and your gear to and from your waterway destination if you so desire.

The U.S. Forest Service maintains many portage-in wilderness lakes in the area with a few secluded campsites on each lake to provide that true wilderness experience. For more specific information on these sights, contact the Laurentian Ranger District office at 218/229-8800 or email them at [email protected] for free wilderness canoeing information.

Imagine watching the Aurora Borealis in the night sky as your campfire glows and your family is roasting smores on the open fire. The smiles and laughter from your family will only interrupted by the loon’s song echoing off in the distance. We invite you and your family to experience memories and adventures that will last a lifetime. So put your paddles and fishing gear in the car and discover why the Iron Trail is “A Great Way to Getaway!”