Vermillion (Hastings) - Falls to Old Mill in Hastings (0.5 mile)

Vermillion (Hastings), Minnesota, US


Falls to Old Mill in Hastings (0.5 mile)

Usual Difficulty II-III+ (varies with level)
Length 0.5 Miles


Photo taken 06/07/10 @ low runnable level

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-05345000 80 - 450 cfs I-II 00h52m ~ 51.3 cfs (too low)
Very low. Desperate boaters will find some play is possible. (Gauge does NOT track flows in this reach well. Check postings on message board.) USGS gauge (129 sq.mi. drainage) is 17.3 river miles upstream. Actual flow in this reach might average 1.5 times what the gauge reads.

River Description

There are several nice holes for surfing and blasting at 100 cfs and higher. The holes are shallow, and the rocks are sharp, so be very careful about flips and upstream braces. At higher flows (over 500cfs), the holes become very sticky and the reach (overall) will merit a class IV rating, due to being relatively narrow, constricted, twisty, and relatively continuous. It's a real short run with a trail along side (in a park), so you can carry up to do it again and again and again. 

Boaters are also encouraged to support the "Friends of the Vermillion River Water Trail" (FVRWT, 'favorite'), which has a brochure available online here.

Note that water quality is generally quite poor, so nose plugs are a good idea. The stream is on the list of 'impaired waters' due to fecal coliform bacteria levels, which exceed recommended levels for any contact with the water, especially after a "rain event". For more info see Minnesota Polution Control Agency.

The following video (courtesy 'FacePlant' and YouTube) is helmet-cam footage for a boater's-eye view of the run.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-01-03 23:16:32


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 13 2013 (2099 days ago)
Nora WhitmoreDetails
The USGS gauge is notoriously incorrect after big rain events. There is a stick gauge on the mill
just above the falls. Here is a collection of videos that show the actual river according the the
measurement on the stick gauge.

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