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The Kettle River in Banning State Park, Minnesota. The river is tinted amber from swamp drainage. 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.

The Kettle River extends the entire length of the park, exposing bedrock for much of the distance. One of the most dominant characteristics of the park is the sandstone and potholes formed by the Kettle River. In the northern area of the park, the river flows through a relatively shallow and narrow valley. Within a few miles, the river valley narrows to a gorge worn by the river through Precambrian sandstone to a depth of 100 feet. At Hell's Gate, the river flows through sheer cliffs which rise to 40 feet above the water. Below the rapids, the valley once again begins to widen. Beyond the valley walls, the topography is generally level to gently rolling glacial till plain.

Banning State Park consists of 5877 acres of land. Original vegetations were primarily of Norway & white pines, interspersed with aspen & birch. Today, as a result of logging & forest fires, vegetation communities are dominated by aspen & birch.

Scanned from film. Cleaned & adjusted with PS CS2. Most difficult part was to clean the sky. A lot of noise, dust, and scratch marks. Photo shot in the summer of 1983.

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