Amity Creek, Minnesota, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||130 fpm|
|Max Gradient||150 fpm|
|The other large drop comes as you reach the upper limits of Lester Park. When you see a gazebo on the right and a footbridge spanning the river, get out to scout. The river narrows and twists approaching the bridge, then jumps down a steep slide into a deep pool. Some lesser rapids follow.|
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|2.0||USGS sampling site||N/A|
This is not on Seven Bridges Road (so doesn't really run counter to that name) but on East Skyline Parkway.
A USGS sampling site at this location lists drainage area of 16 square miles.
The Lester has 53 square miles at its sampling site downstream of the confluence with Amity, which makes it roughly 37 sq.mi. upstream of that confluence, or about 2.3 times as large a drainage as Amity.
You will spot a gazebo on the river-right shore and a pedestrian bridge over the creek which allows viewing of Gazebo Falls. While this is regularly and easily run, you should certainly have a look at it, either scouting on your shuttle up or getting out before running on your way down. (Hey, you'll want photos and/or video anyway!)