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.
First person view of a whitewater kayaker at Taylor's Falls on the St. Croix River at the Wisconsin/Minnesota border.
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.
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.
Many Minnesota paddlers head over to Taylor's Falls (T.F.) after work on Wednesdays to paddle, grill out and drink beer.
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.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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.
If someone gets hurt on a river, or you read about a whitewater-related injury, please report it to
American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
editors will turn multiple witness reports into a single unified accident report.
Log into the American Whitewater website and you can contribute to river descriptions,
flow and access tips, and maps associated with runs you've done. You can even add new
runs to the inventory!