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Difficulty II-III+(V)
Length 8 Miles
Gauge PIGEON RIVER AT MIDDLE FALLS NR GRAND PORTAGE MN
Flow Range 1000 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 month ago 489 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 01/03/2018 9:28 pm

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.

Rapid Descriptions

Horn Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 3.05
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Satellite view shows the river narrows considerably here creating a brief intense rapids.

Middle Falls (USGS Gauge location)

Class - IV Mile - 5.65
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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 - 6.73
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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 - 7.45
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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.

Comments

Gage Descriptions

Min/Max mostly set as indicator for more northern of 'North Shore' runs.

Jason Stingl provides (2005-07-01):
There is a very good correlation to the rivers on the north shore near Grand Marais and the gauge on the Pigeon.
When the Pigeon river is over 1000 that *might* indicate (at least some of) the North Shore is running.
  If the Pigeon is at 1500 cfs or more the North Shore *is* running.


Gauge/flow analysis:
Drainage area at gauge: 609 sq.mi.
Minimum mean daily flow during gauge period: 1 cfs (1977.01.15)
90% of time flow exceeds: 82 cfs
10% of time flow exceeds: 1,280 cfs
Maximum mean daily flow during gauge period: 10,700 cfs (1934.05.05)
10/90 ratio: 15.6 ('flashy-ness': under 3 is fairly steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy')

Directions Description


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Penobscot River Dams to be Removed!

12/1/2003
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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1204648 05/24/15 Rob minor edit
1208671 01/03/18 Rob remove table from gauge description, putting info into simple statement/paragraph form.
1195811 08/17/09 Rob Move comment into text.
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1198711 11/19/10 Rob Add gauge stats