My friends Matt and Tyler and I just finished paddling the Vermilion River in northern Minnesota. It was a lovely, peaceful river, with just enough rapids, falls, and portages to keep it interesting. We spent 5 days on the trip, but could have easily done it in 3. We were busy enjoying other things like camaraderie, wildlife, and card games. The weather was great except for one night it got down to 45⁰. The final night we camped at Vermilion Falls and fell asleep to a comforting and constant roar.