Kettle River Rafting and Kayaking Tours

Wmn_raftinghite Water Rafting on Minnesota’s Beautiful Kettle River

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Experience Whitewater River 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 at the Hard Water Sports guide shop in the small town of Sandstone, Minnesota.  Located half way between Minneapolis and Duluth, exit off interstate 35, follow highway 123 into town.

511 Main Street, Sandstone, MN

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Minnesota White Water Rafting Season

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.

Rafting Tours on the Kettle River

We start with a shuttle ride from our guide shop 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 give you the option to paddle high end inflatable kayaks to get you down the river.


Your Next Adventure – River Rafting

Don’t hesitate – Book your Minnesota white water rafting adventure today.

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kettle river rafting

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

Please note: All rafting tours leave from our guide shop –
511 main Street, Sandstone, MN 55072
(across from the post office)

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