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). 2010.08.25The 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.
Just a sample rapids . . .
From the satellite view, it appears there may be a bit of a rock-garden/shoals here.
9 years ago
by Brian Chisholm
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).
Permits are not required for this reach.
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