Kettle River Rafting and Kayaking Tours

Wmn_raftinghite Water Rafting on Minnesota’s Beautiful Kettle River

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Experience Whitewater Rafting on Minnesota’s Pristine Kettle River.

Whitewater rafting and kayaking trips on the rapids of Banning State, depending on water levels, the rapids on this stretch of the Kettle River can rate up to a class IV.

The Kettle River combines thrilling white water drops and scenic flat water giving paddlers time to take in the amazing scenery.

Hell’s Gate Canyon

Your adventure on the the Kettle River takes you through rapids like Mother’s Delight, the Dragon’s Tooth and Blueberry slide – your tour also includes the famous Hell’s Gate.  Known to be the most treacherous strech of rapids on the Kettle, the Hells’ Gate Canyon is also the most beautiful and remote part of the Kettle River.   

Rafting Just an Hour North of Minneapolis

All rafting tours meet in the small town of Sandstone, Minnesota.  Half way between Minneapolis and Duluth, exit off interstate 35, follow highway 123 through town, turn left on Old Wagon Road just before you cross the Kettle River.
Please keep in mind the water levels on the Kettle River change greatly across the five month paddling season – rafting trips run from the mid April through September.

Robinson Park, Sandstone, MN

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.
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.

Kettle River Rafting Summer River Levels

minnesota raftingDesignated a “Scenic and Wild” River the Kettle is free flowing without dams.  The river level is determined by the recent rainfall.
When the river is high Hard Water Sports has the BIG rafts, and at the more normal summer levels we have high end inflatable kayaks to get you down the river.  


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kettle river rafting

Designated “Scenic and Wild” the Kettle River is an exciting run for whitewater paddlers.

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