Hunting Shack, Minnesota, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||20 fpm|
All which appears here is speculative and based solely upon online recon of topo maps and aerial views. As such, it is highly speculative and (no doubt) incomplete. We have no firsthand awareness of whether the listed access points are actually feasible (especially at such times as there would be good flow for this run). Anyone with first-hand knowledge (from running or scouting) is encouraged to help out your fellow boaters via the "Add a Comment" button (which should appear below for all registered, logged-in users), or by adding a report (preferably with photo(s)/video(s) of the run).
This stream lies just west of the Boundary Waters (with its special permits or access concerns). It appears to take its gradient mostly in discrete chunks, so while you will find significant flatwater, you will also find some good (perhaps even a great) drop.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.4||Second Rock Garden||N/A|
|0.8||Fourth Rocky Pitch||N/A|
|1.9||Fifth Rocky Pitch||N/A|
|2.5||Beaver Dams or ledges||N/A|
|3.7||A few minor ledges||N/A|
|4.0||Ledge and S-turn||N/A|
|4.7||Confluence, Echo River||N/A|
Note: the 'rapids/features names' listed here are not intended as actual names for features on this run, but rather are merely descriptors of what can be seen from aerial views. Anyone knowing actual rapids names (from locals or dubbed by boaters) is encouraged to "Add a Comment" to provide them.
Starting right at/under FR199, a brief, low-grade rocky rapids starts your run.
Not far downstream, another low-grade rock garden rapids is encountered.
The third rocky pitch appears possibly much more significant, and may even bear scouting (likely at least class III, possibly even class IV?). The stream narrows and encounters larger rocks, leading to what may be a ledge formation. Depending on flows, this could be fun and playable, fun/runnable, or dangerous/keepy. (Let us know!)
A brief pool follows the prior pitch, quickly followed by 0.2 mile stretch of rapids. Unfortunately, this coincides with the riverbanks becoming narrow and heavily tree-lined. Aerial view appears to show significant hazard of deadfall and snags. Proceed with utmost caution. Fortunately the river appears to stay quite straight, so you should have good view downstream. Be on the lookout for eddies and be prepared to exit when needed to portage. Following this, banks appear to widen out in a broad floodplain devoid of trees (at least, at the time the aerial views were taken). The stream slows through lazy meanders. (At moderate-to-high flows, it is likely you may be able to take some shortcuts across a number of these meanders.)
A side stream (unnamed on all online maps I can find) enters from the right. Just upstream, this creek has a rapids/falls of 10-20' which could be worth checking out.
Again the banks narrow and trees encroach. Unlike the prior tree-lined stretch, this 0.4 mile bit of gradient has some twists and turns, meaning vigilance will need be that much more diligent to watch ahead for deadfall and snags. Again, be prepared to have to find a micro-eddy, to quickly but safely exit your boat, to portage where needed.
The prior rapids (and trees) ends in a horse-shoe bend (tight right) into a pooling. At the end of this pool a damming (beaver dam, perhaps?) and a series of possible small ledge/holes in the next short stretch of river.
After considerable flatwater and meanders (and a few possible minor riffs), finally another ever so slightly more intesting combination may be encountered. This is precursor for a better sequence downstream.
A final small ledge signals a final stretch of rock garden rapids as (downriver) the river twists right and back left.
Head left (upstream, into the lake) to find the listed take-out for Hunting Shack River, or head right to continue onto the Echo River run.