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Difficulty II-III
Length 1.3 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 10/07/2011 1:46 pm

River Description

Put in: 46.660924,-92.424474
County Road 1 in Carlton, also called 3rd Street. Park on road (shoulder) or at Munger Trail Parking Lot.

Take Out: 46.65359,-92.370479
To run Otter Creek only, take out at the Willard Munger bridge and hike to UMD/KCI parking lot.
Or (likely) continue your run with the Lower St. Louis River down to Swing Bridge in Jay Cooke State Park.

Length: About 1.3 miles (Otter Creek only).
Class: II-III at low/medium flows. Class III-IV- at very high flows
Gauge: Visual at put-in

Character: The first 1/3 is moving flatwater through swampy headwaters. The later 2/3 is busy boulder-bed rapids. Although there isn't any single, significant drop on this run, it is mainly heads-up boating. This run is seldom free of wood, and trees/railroad ties have been known to collect in bad spots. Always be on the lookout for hazards.

Description: The run starts out in Carlton and dumps into the Lower St. Louis just below the Munger Trail bridge. High water is obvious when you cannot paddle under the bridges. This run meanders for about 1/3 mile through a swampy area until you see some gradient pick up and the creek swings to the left. (Beware as the bottom part of this stretch is known to collect wood). The run will maintain this character for the entirety until merging into the St. Louis River.

Description written by Joel Decker

Put-in elevation ~1075'

Take-out elevation ~1000'

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 42 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Approximate drainage area at put-in (to the best of my ability using online planimeter and topomap, manually tracing watershed perimeter.)


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Directions Description

Most boaters will continue downriver to do the Lower St.Louis run, so the shuttle will actually be from its take-out.

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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.

Matt Muir




Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1200721 10/05/11 Matt Muir n/a
1200722 10/05/11 Matt Muir Filled in details on new reach.
1200726 10/07/11 Rob Enable directions; calculate gradient..
1200727 10/07/11 Rob Adjust reach length (based on GoogleEarth measurement)