Photographer's Note

Kettle River, Minnesota:

Smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike are caught throughout the river. Crappies are taken in the reservoir above the Sandstone Dam. The Kettle also holds channel catfish, sturgeon and redhorse.

The Kettle, though clear, is tinted amber from swamp drainage. The Kettle responds quickly and quite dramatically to rain, since the river depends on runoff for most of its flow. The Kettle River is one of the best white water rivers in the North Central part of the US. Most of the river is Class I during low water with some stretches reaching II or III in high water. The dramatic Banning Rapids area ranges in difficulty from Class II-IV at all water levels. The width varies from 30-250 feet.

Most of the river is bounded by a heavy forest of black spruce, fir, birch, aspen, maple, ash, elm and scattered red, white and jack pine. Bluffs occasionally rise more than 100 feet above the river. Rocky cliffs are common along the Banning and Lower Kettle River rapids. The river passes a few towns, houses or farmland, although several bridges cross the upper reaches. The Kettle in Pine County is a state wild and scenic river.

PS: Scanned from negative and edited with PS CS3. This is a 1983 capture.

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