Difficulty II(III)
Length 10.4 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 10/24/2019 10:50 am

River Description


Put-in is at CTH.W, at roughly 1370' elevation.
Take-out is at Skinner Creek Landing, at roughly 1293' elevation.
Rapids include Carpenters, Cornsheller, Big Bull, Bergeron, Little Falls, Scratch, and Otter Slide.
Many paddlers opt for a short trip, putting in at CTH.M, to focus on the 'main event', Little Falls.

Cut/paste the following link into your browser to see some beautiful drone footage of Little Falls/Slough Gundy:
https://youtu.be/oHyLE_nhQt8

Rapid Descriptions

Put-in: Drainage area: ~615 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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For continuity, and since there are named rapids between here and CTH.M, we list this as the put-in, even though many paddlers (intent only on the best whitewater) just put in at CTH.M.

Drainage at this listed put-in is ~615 square miles. By CTH.M, it has increased to ~661 square miles, and at our listed take-out (not counting Skinner Creek's contribution) it is ~666 square miles (an increase of ~8% from listed put-in to listed take-out).

Carpenters

Class - N/A Mile - 1.75
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Cornsheller

Class - N/A Mile - 4.45
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Big Bull

Class - N/A Mile - 5.4
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Bergeron

Class - N/A Mile - 7
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CTH.M

Class - N/A Mile - 7.4
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Often used as an put-in for a shorter run with (perhaps) the best rapids.

Little Falls

Class - N/A Mile - 8.54
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Below is a YouTube video of some folks running each side of this falls.

Scratch

Class - N/A Mile - 9.75
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Otter Slide

Class - N/A Mile - 11
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Brendan Hammond
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8 years ago

This is our local run, most put-in at Co M. We use the stairs at the put-in for an idea of flow. Highest I've run is with 3.5 steps showing in June of '10 and Sept of '10, this is a very high flow. Slough Gundy is a solid III with huge wave trains, 6' and higher nonstop from the first pitch above the cliff to the fifth and last pitch above the big pool. The only play would be for advanced boaters. The left side of the falls was runnable, but looked very pushy, the right side was unscoutable with the island mostly flooded and a far river right channel in the woods. Scratch (below Little Falls) was mostly washed out with less features than at lower levels. The Flambeau gauge was reading 13000+ cfs in during the June event. Based on where the greatest amount of rain fell, 6" in Phillips area and the N. Fork's very large reservoir (Turtle Flambeau) being over 5 feet below normal pool and not releasing any water, the So Fork at M likely had higher flows at the confluence, likely 6000+ cfs.

I believe there are 9-10 steps including the 4'x4' landing step at the bottom. As levels drop Slough Gundy changes dramatically, at some levels there are playspots everywhere and others they seem to disappear. The Falls also changes, the left side becomes more difficult and dangerous, with the right line (pourover slot next to island) looking very keepy and the left line near trail access pushing into the big rock on left that has sieve and often wood trapped underneath. The river right falls remains unscoutable, however the left line (slide) is probably runnable IV. As level drops further both lines of the river left falls open up and as do both on the river right side. The right line of the right (5' drop) is very sticky. As the river drops even further the left side becomes bony and the right side far more tame. Below the falls, Scratch, (named further downstream on the topo) at most levels is the most fun rapids to run, with a nice hole on far river left.

At high levels we use the skinner creek rd takeout, at moderate levels or only a bike or legs for a shuttle, we takeout below scratch and walk up using a decent trail along the river up to little falls. At low levels we may just run down to little falls and take-out or carry into the falls and run laps. For flows watch for rain in Price County, watch the Jump gauge and the Flambeau gauge.

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bryan foster
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8 years ago

Ran at a level when the 4'x4' landing step was just barely covered. Posted a youtube video of the run http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2En5VF1WqCU Hopefully I can get better at making those and uploading them, it is a 1st attempt.

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Gage Descriptions

The only currently reporting USGS gauge on the Flambeau is so far downstream, with dams intervening, that it is of little use in determining levels in these reaches. Topo maps may show a gauge at the marked put-in for this reach, but it is not reporting at present.

Boaters count stairs at the CTH.M put-in to assess level.

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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1213824 10/24/19 Rob updated description
1213825 10/24/19 Rob updated description
1211598 04/01/19 Rob updated image position
1205394 10/29/15 Rob add short-run access info
1197713 05/20/10 Rob embed video, add abstract
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