Photographer's Note

Another old shot from 1983. Scanned from film negative and edited with PS CS3.

The Kettle is tinted amber/brown due to swamp drainage. The Kettle responds quickly and quite dramatically to rain, since the river depends on runoff for most of its flow. 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.

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. Rapids are usually not runnable in late summer, though many quiet stretches of the river remain canoeable. The river falls an average of 6.1 feet per mile. The total watershed covers 1,056 square miles.

See another section of river in WS.

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