Put-in is via a roadside park on Hwy.41.
Take-out is after Upper Falls (the final drop as you leave the canyon). Carry back up.
The gauge provides fairly accurate read of runnable flows.
This video gives a pretty fair helment-cam sampling of the run at a very fine runnable flow.
Action starts pretty mild (from put-in next to the Hwy.41 bridge). As you round a left-hand bend, things quickly build, with a couple fairly aggressive (at good flows) waves and holes. Some could be nearly full-out freesyle havens, but for what lies so near downstream.
For those with the skills and interest, and with the right flows, this is a fairly simple (though impressive-looking) drop, which puts you into the heart of the canyon.
While this drop (and the boiling pool below) look menacing, people have gone over with no momentum (backwards even!) and been 'spit out' just fine. Pay particular attention to the diagonal wave/hole in the lead-in, as it tends to be more problematic, putting you off your mark for this drop. Strongly recommend diving/driving/punching forward (so as not to present too much body-surface to the hole) so that you punch through rather than have your upright-body stop all momentum through the hole. (Or not!?)
Generally run to the right on a sweet bedrock slide (with a few interesting diagonal waves and holes thrown in for interest).
Take out immediately after running this and carry back up to your vehicle (or to re-run the reach)!
Due to constricted nature of the canyon, runnable flows for this reach are fairly narrow window.
Disclaimer: Be aware that indication of a 'runnable' level by the gauge does not necessarily mean that the river is runnable. In winter, gauge readings may be 'ice affected'. Sections of the river may be impassable due to ice. Use discretion for winter and early spring runs.
Permits are not required for this reach.
The 'shuttle' is via carry-up, so we default the directions to be from your home zip. You may use the text-entry box to input your home address or other starting location to get more specific drive distance, time, and directions to this reach.
Mike C ~May 9, 2012
Mike C and Jeff M ~May 9, 2012
Jeff M ~May 9, 2012
Mike Dziobak runs No Name
Heart of the Canyon
Upper Falls Sturgeon River
Looking up @ Canyon Falls
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