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Whiteface River Paddling Route

Canoe or Flatwater Kayaking Area
Whiteface River Painted Turtle – Andy Hubley

The Whiteface River flows 66 miles through central St. Louis County from Whiteface Reservoir to its junction with the St. Louis River just north of Floodwood, Minnesota. The Whiteface has no recreational management and users should be aware that the area is primitive with no formal facilities. That's why the Whiteface is perfect for adventurers! It has a smaller, more variable flow than its neighbors the St. Louis and Cloquet Rivers and low water on the Whiteface may mean it is impassable, particularly east of Highway 53. The Whiteface River offers quiet, wild stretches, some agricultural views, quaint communities, and a few small rapids. There are no designated campsites. The Whiteface is not known for its fishing, but walleyes and nothern pike are present.

Best Access Points

There are many road crossings of the Whiteface and the river can be accessed at several of them. Common put-ins/take-outs include County Highway 4, County Road 52, Highway 53, County Highway 7, County Highway 133, and County Road 29 (on St. Louis River).

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