By Jim Umhoefer
The wilderness canoeing on the Little Fork River enhances Minnesota's reputation as a canoeist's dream. Though the upper and lower thirds of the route are punctuated by bridges, homes and farmland, the middle stretch (more than 40 miles long) is true wild country. Because of its primitive character and numerous rapids, the Little Fork is best suited for experienced canoeists.
Most of the Little Fork's rapids are encountered on the upper river. With the exception of Hannine Falls (Class VI), these rapids vary in difficulty from Class I to Class II. Hannine Falls (River Mile 121) is a jagged, sloping 15-foot drop followed by 150 yards of Class II rapids. Portage the falls. Read more: