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St. Louis River Outpost

The St. Louis River Outpost Whitewater Center continues to be a favorite site for all whitewater sports. From local beginners to Olympic-caliber paddlers, the varied terrain of the St. Louis River above and below the Thompson Dam offer different levels of difficulty. The University of Minnesota-Duluth Outdoor Program operates the Outpost Visitor Center just north of Jay Cooke State Park. This natural log structure serves as a staging location for classes, clinics, and competition events.

The new interest in whitewater "rodeo" events has helped boost usership at the Kayak & Canoe Center. Called "park and play" paddling (as opposed to longer downriver runs), the Kayak & Canoe Center has proven to be a ideal site for rodeo paddling.

State Investment

$260,000 (1989)


University of Minnesota-Duluth Outdoor Program


Whitewater section of the St. Louis River immediately downstream from the Thompson Dam. Viewing areas, trails, spectator safety fencing. Facilities for special events. The Outpost building is used as a meeting and event headquarters facility, primarily used by University of Minnesota-Duluth Outdoor Program students.

Sports and Activities Served

  • Whitewater Kayak and Canoeing
  • Flatwater canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Park and Play Paddling Events
  • Night Rodeo