A narrower shortcut (to the right) saves going the long way around an oxbow creating a large island. (OK, it's only about 1/8th of a mile more the other way.)
A small tributary (unnamed on the various maps I can find) merges from river-left.
Portage (probably river-right). At least class V, maybe VI. (Unaware weather any big guns are running some line on this at some optimal flows.) SHT (Superior Hiking Trail) comes along river-right.
Most paddlers will want to get out someplace about here to scout and/or begin a portage of a wicked section (over a quarter-mile) of river. While some boaters, at some flows, may run some or all of this stretch, many will be best served hitting SHT (Superior Hiking Trail) to carry down unitl a bridge across the river before putting in again.
Most paddlers will make a long portage of "Pinball", using the SHT (Superior Hiking Trail) to carry down to this bridge before putting in. (The big gun paddlers will run some (or all ?) of the rapids above this point.)
It appears (from aerial views) there is another quite significant drop here.
A tight right-hand bend immediately precedes a significant ledge/drop/rapids. You'll probably prefer to scout before running!
When you see the powerlines overhead, GET OUT!!! (River-left.) While the rapidsdownstream look sweet, they lead you into a trap! Flow accelerates you down to a pool with nearly vertical walls above "Rain Falling Up Falls".
A USGS sampling site at this location lists drainage of 98 square miles (making this the 7th largest of the roughly three dozen sites on the North Shore).
Visual inspection from Hwy.61 (a portion of the river not generally boated). If it appears boatable here, the run should be reasonable.
This is a larger river than most on the north shore, thus is boatable a bit later into the spring season.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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