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Difficulty I-II
Length 5.15 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 11/16/2009 5:23 pm

River Description

2003-10-26, Ryan Zimny contributed:

The midway is a fun run in the spring that can be used as a warm-up for the more difficult creeks up the north shore, or as an introduction to creeking. I would classify it as class II-III, and even III-IV at extremely high flows.

To check the flow, look at the river where it passes under Hwy. 61 in Esko. If the small island just downstream of the bridge is underwater, it's a good level.

The putin is usually at the park a half-mile upstream on Canosia Rd, where parking is available. Paddle the moving flatwater/small waves until about 1/2 mile past where you pass under the interstate. Flamingo Rapid is a class III sliding drop with a few holes to avoid at high water. Run middle/left. The other significant section is another 1/4 mile or so after you pass under another bridge. The river will noticeably pick up with some fun waves and lead directly into an island. Take the left channel and try to stay close to the island as the river drops over a sticky ledge drop. You may want to scout this section, and Sucker Falls soon thereafter. Scout the falls river left. Usual line is middle-left down the tongue. After Sucker Falls, it's a short paddle to the reservoir.

Take-out left of the dam at the dock (if it is in yet). It is common for the reservoir to be mostly frozen when the midway first opens up in the spring. Immediately below Sucker Falls is a 4-wheel drive road that connects to the main road. Hike left for about 3/4 mile if you don't want to try the hike over rotten ice.

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 60 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Drainage area at listed put-in (to the best of my ability using online planimeter and topomap).

Flamingo Rapid

Class - III Mile - 2.4
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(Location approximate, based upon description and best guess from Google Satellite view.)

Left Channel sticky ledge drop

Class - III Mile - 3.94
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Sucker Falls

Class - III+ Mile - 4.27
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Scout the falls river left. Usual line is middle-left down the tongue.

It is common for the reservoir to be mostly frozen when the Midway first opens up in the spring. On such occasions, you have two choices.

1) Try the hike over rotten ice on the reservoir.
2) Immediately below Sucker Falls, a 4-wheel drive road connects to the main road. Hike this to the left for about 3/4 mile.


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Brian Pfeifer
10 years ago

If you're on the St. Louis, it may be worthwhile to paddle over to this and hike up the last drop if you don't want your day to end quite yet.

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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.



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