The Cloquet River Water Trail crosses central St. Louis County, offering 64 miles of good canoeing without a need for a permit. The river provides a variety of water types including stretches of flatwater and areas of Class I-II rapids. Some of the rapids downstream from Indian Lake should be portaged by beginners. A waterfall exists at the entrance to Island Lake during low water. Portaging is recommended. The river has a wild feel as there are few visible structures from the water and, on most days, you will have the river to yourself. Fishing is often quite good on the Cloquet with good numbers of smallmouth bass, walleye, and channel catfish. Bluegill, brown trout and northern pike appear occasionally.
Best Access Points
There are many good access points to the Cloquet. Indian Lake Campground is generally considered the first access, with additional popular accesses being Bear Lake Road, Island Lake, Island Lake Dam, Bachelor Road, Independence, Highway 7/RR Crossing, and Highway 2 (take out on St. Louis River).