Difficulty II(III) at this flow (II-III+ normally)
Length 2.36 Miles
Gauge REDWOOD RIVER NEAR REDWOOD FALLS, MN
Flow Range 500 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 32 minutes ago 1270 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 10:49 am

River Description


A town name and parks, and topo maps indicating 'falls' attracts the 'virtual explorer' interest.

An anonymous user provides (2010-05-24):

This starts out as a class II (III) and slowly drops to about a class I by the end of the run. This river does not contain any falls. (The falls are on a separate stream entering it from the west, have hole and rocks at the base, and is ill-advised.)

Take out for the short challenging run is located Alexander Ramsey Park stone bridge.
Take out for the longer run is located west of North Redwood on Hwy.101.


An anonymous update provides (2010-06-12):

while most of the information in the previous comment was pretty accurate, it wasn't completely. I explored this river earlier today and took some pictures which are the first 6 photos uploaded. These pictures show the upper portion of the river, including the falls that are just south of where most people put in. I would consider 700cfs low runnable, which is about what the pictures are showing. Anything 500 cfs and less is too low to run for sure.

Another report (reprinted, with minor edits, from Rapids Riders message board, with the writer's permission):

In the middle of town is Ramsey Park, a large municipal park, and the Redwood River flows through it. You can see only glimpses of the river because it flows through a steep gorge, some walls easily over 100 feet tall. Also in the park is Ramsey Creek. There is a trail that goes to an overlook of Ramsey Creek Falls, a 35 to 40 foot falls. The pool looks deep and there looks like a line left of center with a bit more water than was flowing over last Tuesday. (It looks cleaner than falls such as "Almost Always" on the Lester, which does get run often when there are medium or higher flows.) Ramsey Creek flows another few hundred yards from the falls into the Redwood River.

After some exploring I found the put in: A small pedestrian bridge crosses the river over the second dam, immediately at the base of the dam. The dam is the top of this big sliding falls with some fast flumes of water and big bursting holes. There is a theoretical line where the green lip flows over the center of the dam then a flume into a exploding hole that looks like it might flush you. (I didn't run it.)

I put in below, into grayish water class II+ and class III wave trains. After a 1/2 mile or so (the whole run is a mile and a half , seems shorter then that) the river makes a 90 degree turn left, there is a hole I skirted it to the right. (This must be the classIV listed on AW) immediately after the hole (10 feet or so) was a really sweet fast play wave. It built and surged, about 4 feet pile, with excellent eddy service. Spins, blunts, and went for a couple loops (not real good in my EZ but I am sure they are possible there). I wish I would have sessioned it longer because the rest of the run was all class II with one wavehole that could be good with more water. The level was 1200 and was a fun playrun. As I type this it is 2600, so it could be really pumping in that gorge. I am not sure if that washes out things or enhances. 1200 was a good flow I guess that 1000ish and up is good times. That play wave is sweet, fast and deep.


Thanks, Cliff, for the excellent report!

And, finally, we have this:
I paddled the Redwood at 2000 cfs and many of the play features Cliff described were washed out and the rapids more continuous and the classing of rapids remained the same II/III. A feature that I found that wasn't mention is dynamic play hole is located on the Redwood River 200 yards upstream from the large blown out dam (the foot bridge) in Ramsey Park. It's a river wide hole with many exit seams and excellent eddy access.

Also, regarding Ramsey Falls on Ramsey Creek: I spoke with a few locals and the depth of the pool on far river left is 10feet deep at low water and gets deeper as the water level rises. However, there is a rock shelf that is at the base of the falls that runs three quarters the width of the falls. So most of the falls is dangerous to run. Only on far river left down the green tounge is where to run safely. Of course, scout it out yourself and determine for yourselves to run it or not.

Rapid Descriptions

Ramsey Creek Falls

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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This falls is on a tributary. As noted, the right side of the falls reportedly drops onto a shallow shelf of rock. However, the river-left side has adequate depth, for those looking for big verticals.

Upper Dam

Class - N/A Mile - 0


 

Lower Dam

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Below the falls

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The Three

Class - III Mile - 0.5

Likely the best playspot on the run, this ledge/drop develops a fine wave/hole.

Take-out for 'short run'

Class - N/A Mile - 1.4


 

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Boaters may wish to just 'park-and-play' or 'park-and-huck' the best of the gradient, and hike back to their vehicle.

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Penobscot River Dams to be Removed!

12/1/2003
Kevin Colburn

Atlantic Salmon and other imperiled fish species will soon have hundreds of additional miles of habitat. A recent decision between a power company, NGO's, tribes, and government agencies calls for the removal of two dams on Maine's Penobscot River and the bypassing of a third. American Whitewater applauds this huge win for rivers and is recruiting volunteers to assist with our work on the project. There is a public meeting December 2nd.
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1197453 03/27/10 Rob n/a
1197455 03/27/10 Rob Preliminary (tentative) info on possible whitewater reach.
1197655 05/16/10 Rob add sequencer, due to added reach upstream
1197726 05/25/10 Rob Update based upon user comment.
1197808 06/12/10 Rob Add feature photo to main page.
1197810 10/12/10 Rob Addendum.
1211805 04/02/19 Rob updated image position