Pigeon - B) Old Hwy.61/MN89 to Hwy.61 (8 miles)


Pigeon, Minnesota, US

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B) Old Hwy.61/MN89 to Hwy.61 (8 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-III+(V) (for normal flows)
Length 8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 42 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
PIGEON RIVER AT MIDDLE FALLS NR GRAND PORTAGE MN
usgs-04010500 1000 - 1500 cfs II-III+(V) 38d20h36m 519 cfs (too low)


River Description

This river is the US/Canadian border. The put-in is on tribal land (of the Grand Portage band Ojibway) and may be disputed. (Recommend putting in 150 yards downstream of former bridge, to reduce possible conflicts with property owner.) Portage (for all mortal boaters) at Pigeon Falls. Take out is near customs station.

Jason Stingl provides (2005-07-01):
There is a waterfall on the Pigeon that is accessable from the Canadian side. I think it is called Middle Falls. It is about 15 feet or so and kind of a horse shoe shaped drop. There is a hole upstream of the drop about 200 yards that might be fun in a playboat if you weren't too worried about the drop below (there is a rock-bar downsteam of the hole so it would be pretty safe). Not sure what level it comes in at. I think I ran it around 1500 cfs. Probably a class IV.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-05-24 13:55:59

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
3.1Horn RapidsN/A
5.7Middle Falls (USGS Gauge location)IVWaterfall
6.7marked rapidsN/A
7.5Pigeon Falls (AKA High Falls)VIPortage

Rapid Descriptions

Horn Rapids (Class N/A, Mile 3.1)

Satellite view shows the river narrows considerably here creating a brief intense rapids.



Middle Falls (USGS Gauge location) (Class IV, Mile 5.7)

This falls is listed at 20'. Satellite view appears to show three separate pitches or features. The upper has the river squeezed through a center-slot. The middle is a much-lesser ledge which (reportedly, at some flows) forms a playable wave. The final pitch appears it may be labeled as 'Little Falls'.

Jason Stingl provides (2005-07-01):
There is a waterfall on the Pigeon that is accessible from the Canadian side. I think it is called Middle Falls. It is about 15 feet or so and kind of a horse shoe shaped drop. There is a hole upstream of the drop about 200 yards that might be fun in a playboat if you weren't too worried about the drop below (there is a rock-bar downstream of the hole so it would be pretty safe). Not sure what level it comes in at. I think I ran it around 1500 cfs. Probably a class IV.

Further info and pictures may be found at Go Waterfalling.



marked rapids (Class N/A, Mile 6.7)

Satellite view appears to show low-grade boulder-bed beginning at a sharp left-bend, leading to a narrowing (likely to be fairly good stuff!), and some trailing boulderbed.



Pigeon Falls (AKA High Falls) (Class VI, Mile 7.5)

This is listed as the highest falls in Minnesota, with a height (varyingly stated) from 120-150'. Satellite view appears to show a large falls, followed (perhaps) by a short sequence of smaller falls or rapids.

Further info and pictures may be found at Go Waterfalling.




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