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Vermillion (Hastings) - Falls to Old Mill in Hastings (0.5 mile)
Very low. Desperate boaters will find some play is possible. (Gauge does NOT track flows in this reach well. Check postings on RapidsRiders.org 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.
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
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
Minnesota Polution Control Agency.
The following video (courtesy 'FacePlant' and YouTube) is helmet-cam footage for a boater's-eye
view of the run.
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Last Updated: 2010-12-07 23:53:06
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