The River

Correction: I have mis-identified the Kettle River as the St. Croix River, sorry for any confusion.

The Kettle River is one of several scenic rivers in Minnesota.  From it’s humble beginnings to where it meets up with the St. Croix River, it offers many miles of boating, fishing and hiking.  The section of the river that runs through Banning State Park has peaceful, calm areas, as seen looking upriver from the access point.  But, as the signs warns, up ahead are challenging rapids.

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#Optoutside on Black Friday

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My third annual opting out for Black Friday took me to Banning State Park, which is about 60 miles south of Duluth, in Minnesota.  I’ve driven by the entrance to this park numerous times on my trips to and from Duluth.  On Black Friday, access to all Minnesota state parks is free, so off I went exploring.
One of the things that makes Banning a worthy destination is it’s history as a sandstone quarry.  The stone was  used in many buildings in Minnesota and elsewhere.  To help you learn a bit about this history, I’m sharing images of the signs along the Quarry Loop Self Guided Trail.  As you walk the trail, reading the signs and trail pamphlet, you are serenaded by the sound of the Kettle River running nearby.

 

Up next: rocks!