North Shore thaw brings world-class kayaking
Photos by Dan Kraker
Along the North Shore of Lake Superior, streams like the Lester River in Duluth are roaring, full of chocolate-brown, frothy, churning spring runoff. It’s that time of year when hikers are warned to stay away from the creeks — and when kayakers like Chris Baer flock to them.
Chris Baer descends a 20-foot waterfall on the Lester River that he has dubbed “Almost Always.” North Shore rivers can create powerful and dangerous hydraulic forces where the water recirculates like a giant washing machine. (MPR Photo/Dan Kraker) link to this photo
Chris Baer celebrates after his successful descent of the rapid called “Almost Always” on the Lester River. (MPR Photo/Dan Kraker)link to this photo
Kayaker Ben Peters of La Crosse, Wis., portages his kayak around a steep waterfall on the Lester river, following a race in Duluth, Minn. on May 4, 2013. (MPR…
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