Creek boaters take to swollen North Shore rivers for whitewater kayaking

By KBJR News 1

April 26, 2014 Updated Apr 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The swollen Lester River in Duluth played host to some of the region's top whitewater kayakers as part of the second annual Lester River Race Saturday afternoon.

But if you were at any river along the North Shore Saturday, chances are you'd see more of the same.

Paul Everson came from Saint Paul with fellow creek boaters to test their skills in the whitewaters of the French River, starting just off McQuade Road.

Everson says your schedule has to remain flexible this time of year if you want to catch the action as the snowmelt fuels the area's rivers.

He and his crew say the experience is more of a rite of Spring.

"I love the beauty of being on the river," said Everson, on the banks of the rushing river, "it's really nice, and sliding over a few little drops is really fun. I just try to have fun and be safe."

Everson says the French River is considered a class three--or intermediate to advanced river--and says newbies should avoid it.

After reaching the mouth of the French, Everson and his team planned to take their kayaks further north, to the Sucker River.

Billy Wagness
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