Difficulty II at this flow (I-II normally)
Length 5.66 Miles
Flow Range 250 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 30 minutes ago 510 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 10:58 am

River Description

Quick Facts:
Location: NW Minnesota, approximately 4.5 miles WNW from Ulen, MN.
Shuttle Length: 4.2 miles. (See details in "Directions" Tab.)
Character: nice gradient and a rock and boulder riverbed
Drainage area at gauge (take-out): 190 square miles.

Put-in elevation is approximately 1040'.
Take-out elevation is approximately 940'.
Thus total elevation change is approximately 100'.

Information (lat, lng, elev, total drop, run length, shuttle length) adjusted and/or verified from best manual extrapolation of online data (via maps.google.com, distance measuring tool, and other resources). 2010.08.25

The resolution on Google Maps for this area is pretty good. Go to the 'Map' tab, click 'USGS Aerial' 'Satellite', double-click near the put-in, zoom in to the maximum resolution available (without losing image), and do a 'virtual walk' of this reach!

General Overview

The run has nice gradient, and a rock and boulder riverbed.

Use Extreme caution! There are six river wide single strand wires used for pastures on this run. They are hard to see! (Often what will help is Instead of looking for the wire, be on the lookout for the fenceposts! They should be easier to see.)

NOTE: This listing is preliminary/tentative, and has yet to be confirmed by our local source. Thus, ALL data (put-in, take-out, length, et cetera) are tentative and subject to change.

Rapid Descriptions

Possible shoals

Class - N/A Mile - 0
Rapid Thumbnail Missing

Just a sample rapids . . .

From the satellite view, it appears there may be a bit of a rock-garden/shoals here.


Gage Descriptions

Gauge/flow analysis (based on USGS data, 2004.08.16-2010.08.24)
Drainage area at gauge: 190 sq.mi.
Minimum daily mean flow (2004.08.24): 2.1 cfs
90% of time flow exceeds: 4.8 cfs
10% of time flow exceeds: 139 cfs
Maximum daily mean flow (1951.05.01): 4140 cfs
10/90 ratio: 29 ('flashy-ness': under 3 is quite steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy')

We have no specific firsthand awareness of this specific stream and its rapids. However, some generalizations from other upper Midwest streams (of similar size and drainage area) may be relevant. Often the '10% flow' serves as a reasonable 'minimum' for a decent whitewater experience. Coincident with that, then, one would expect the river to be runnable (for good whitewater) about 30-40 days a year (10% of the time).

Directions Description

Shuttle directions (take-out to put-in for this reach of S.Br.Wild Rice River) appear below.
For drive time, distance, and directions from any other location to the put-in for this reach,
enter (into the text box) your location (either zipcode, city state, address city state, or lat lng coordinates).

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Penobscot River Dams to be Removed!

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.



Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198098 08/25/10 Rob n/a
1198099 08/25/10 Rob Preliminary (tentative) description.
1198100 08/25/10 Rob Fix State
1198101 08/25/10 Rob Minor edits.
1198102 08/25/10 Rob Minor edit (run length)
1198153 09/13/10 Rob Select feature photo, and add caution re: fences.
1208675 01/03/18 Rob remove table from gauge description, putting info into simple statement/paragraph form.
1211812 04/02/19 Rob updated image position