Difficulty II-III(IV)
Length 5.5 Miles
Flow Range 200 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 49 minutes ago 36.4 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 10:42 am

River Description

Generally a pleasant easier run in this mecca of creek runs. Caution should be excercised at a ledge sequence encountered about a mile and a half into the run and the ledge visible from the wayside just downstream of Hwy 61. Can be used as a warm-up or wind-down in conjunction with adjacent creeks.

Rapid Descriptions

Early going / Stanley Creek Confluence

Class - N/A Mile - 0.87
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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.

Private Residence

Class - N/A Mile - 1.9
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A private residence will be visible on the river-left. (This isbeing listed here mostly as a 'way point'/mileage-marker).

Bedrock outcropping

Class - N/A Mile - 3.36
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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.)

Rocky Jumble

Class - N/A Mile - 3.7
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Aerial views show an apparent jumble of rocks here, which (one would expect) should cause a bit more interesting rapids.


Class - N/A Mile - 3.8
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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.

Unnamed Tributary

Class - N/A Mile - 4
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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).

Little Knife Confluence/Hwy.61

Class - N/A Mile - 5.27
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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.


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11 years ago

Comment is correct! just below the cable river splits around a big rock and cascades down. There were lots of nasty trees at the bottom of the left channel.

Gage Descriptions

USGS gauge at Hwy.61 (after confluence with Little Knife).

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

Date Flow Result Factor  
1994-04-03 Low Near Miss/Rescue Other Read More




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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.

Matt Muir




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