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Difficulty III-IV
Length 2.2 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 05/05/2009 10:27 pm

River Description

(Our thanks to Jesse Kodadek for this information.)

We ran this stretch twice the weekend of April 13/14 2002. In approximately two miles, there are at least two slides around twenty feet; many, many ledges from 3-6 feet; a 10 foot slide that piles into the wall on the left 2/3 of the creek; a 150 yard section of very continuous tough class IV with potential pitons (3 in 3 different places in our group) and some sticky holes; and a final steep boulder jumble just above the take-out bridge.

A sweet run...scouting recommended when horizon lines appear, our first run took about 1.5 hours, but we did our second run in 18 minutes, after running the Amity that morning.

Be very wary of wood around corners.

I have heard of landowner disputes if you take out on the river left at the bridge..I am not sure of the legalities of MN highway easements, so take out on the right bank just below the bridge to minimize potential conflict.

Rapid Descriptions

Initial Sequence

Class - N/A Mile - 0.08
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Action starts real soon from the put-in, with a couple rocky drops. A brief respite is followed up with a couple more good drops not a quarter-mile further down.


Class - N/A Mile - 0.3
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There appears to be two rock-dikes back-to-back, with a third just a bit downstream, and maybe a fourth and fifth just down from that (still within the first half-mile of river).


Class - N/A Mile - 0.81
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After a brief slackening of action, the river first takes a broad zig-zag (right, then back left), then a very quick zig-zag, encountering a couple brief drops as it does so. Additional brief drops continue to be scattered randomly downstream.

Nice Sequence

Class - N/A Mile - 1.28
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After passing a number of houses, the river takes a left bend, and encounters a particularly nice (if brief) sequence of drops.

Old North Shore Road/50

Class - N/A Mile - 1.65
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Expect a quick fun drop as the river heads toward/under Old North Shore Road.


Class - N/A Mile - 1.77
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Some fine action as you pass between backyards before Hwy.61.

French River Fish Hatchery Dam

Class - N/A Mile - 2.15
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USGS sampling site

Class - N/A Mile - 2.2
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A USGS sampling site at this location lists drainage area of 18 square miles. (This is just less than the Stewart at 20 sq.mi. and just more than the Amity at 16 sq.mi.)


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Gage Descriptions

Gauge is visual at takeout. If this last rapid looks runnable, go for it!

Directions Description

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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.



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