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Difficulty II at this flow (II-III normally)
Length 0.2 Miles
Flow Range 1350 - 11000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 3650 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/25/2015 11:47 am

River Description

A couple hundred yards of 'big water' waves, swirls and boils. A kayak rodeo is held here each year in August.

Note: Make certain to go to the 'Flow Info' tab to read about the 'split' range of flows which make this reach most playable.

Rapid Descriptions

Helmet Cam footage @2300 cfs

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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First person view of a whitewater kayaker at Taylor's Falls on the St. Croix River at the Wisconsin/Minnesota border.


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bryan foster
10 years ago

What exactly are the put in and take out locations for this reach? I figured the MN side for the put in but not real sure on the recommended takeout.

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Jason Stingl
15 years ago

The island hole is great. It might be in as low as 7000cfs, is for sure in by 7500cfs, 8500cfs was a level I personally enjoyed (hole is deep and more on the friendly side), around the 10,000cfs the hole is great but the river left side is sticky. It sounds like the hole stays up to 11,000 cfs or so.

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Jason Stingl
20 years ago

Many Minnesota paddlers head over to Taylor's Falls (T.F.) after work on Wednesdays to paddle, grill out and drink beer.

Gage Descriptions

Gauge is immediately upstream of reach, and represents outflow from regulated dam, thus can change quickly/suddenly, though there generally will be a diurnal (daily) 'pattern'.

Note: This reach has a 'split optimum' level. That is, reportedly, there is good play from 1350 cfs to 2500 cfs and again from 4200 cfs to 11,000 cfs (and beyond?). However, from 2500 to 4200 cfs play is reportedly not nearly as good.

It should be obvious the reach is runnable outside these ranges, but the playable features are reportedly best within the first two cited ranges.

Directions Description

Shuttle is via foot, walking back to your car.


Use the text-box below to enter your home or other starting location to get directions to this playspot.

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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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