Knife, Minnesota, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III(IV) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||45 fpm|
|Max Gradient||80 fpm|
|KNIFE RIVER NEAR TWO HARBORS, MN|
|usgs-04015330||200 - 1000 cfs||II-III(IV)||125d03h30m||48.6 cfs (too low)|
|Uncertain about best flows. Help us out! Add a comment. Gauge (83.6 sq.mi. drainage) is immediately downstream of Hwy.61, near end of run, thus very accurately portrays actual flow.|
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.9||Early going / Stanley Creek Confluence||N/A|
|5.3||Little Knife Confluence/Hwy.61||N/A|
For what it's worth, for the five miles upstream of our listed put-in the river averages only about 16FPM. That same lack of gradient continues downstream to start this run.
A private residence will be visible on the river-left. (This isbeing listed here mostly as a 'way point'/mileage-marker).
The first significant rocky outcropping (at least first which is evident from aerial views online) occurs at this point. Unknown how significant this is (I.E., what class rapids it makes, or where best to run it, if it matters) at runnable flows. (Is this the ledge which is mentioned in the description (which was migrated to there from a user comment)? Seems a bit far downstream from that report.)
Aerial views show an apparent jumble of rocks here, which (one would expect) should cause a bit more interesting rapids.
It appears there is a rocky outcrop (left of center) which will push water to a bit of a chute to river-right and likely a lesser chute to river-left.
An unnamed (at least on topo maps online) tributary enters from river-right. Just 1/8th mile downstream, as powerlines pass overhead, a clearing should signal a possible ingress/egress point at E.Shilhon Road/255 (mile 4.12).
As you reach Hwy.61, the Little Knife River enters from river-right. Immediately downstream (starting under the North/East-bound lanes) a very significant series of drops begins.