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Difficulty II-III
Length 5.4 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 12/30/2014 11:35 pm

River Description

Short road-side carry in.
The first mile (to Crown Creek confluence) is very narrow and fast with few eddies. This is short boat, technical maneuvering, rock dance water. While the rapids do not break above class II, boaters must have sufficient skills to react quickly and catch small eddies in this tight, technical water.

A trail bridge in this section acts as an impassable strainer (mandatory portage). Strainers have otherwise seldom been a problem, since generally the banks are lined with alder, making 'brush-bashing' a more frequent concern.
This reach makes a likely extension for a run on the upper Baptism.

Rapid Descriptions

Possible alternate in

Class - N/A Mile - -0.5
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Not necessarily likely, since early going even from listed put-in is narrow and likely brush-bashing, but . . . it may be possible to add another half-mile of similar gradient by putting in here. (May be private road; may be gated?)

Drainage: 18 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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At the put-in drainage area is about 18 square miles (to the best I can do using online planimeter and topomaps).

Crown Creek Road

Class - N/A Mile - 0.55
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Confluence: Crown Creek

Class - N/A Mile - 1.07
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A fairly decent-sized tributary comes in from the right.

Correll Crown Road

Class - N/A Mile - 1.43
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(Unnamed) Road Bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 3.41
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Class - N/A Mile - 5.25
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No Gage

Gage Descriptions

Visual, at put-in.
Or, general correspondence to main Baptism stage marker. Historically, levels above 2.6' on that marker would be indication for this reach being (possibly) runnable.
However, as of Spring of 2009, boaters are reporting that gauge seems to have changed. Now, look for levels 3.3' or higher.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources appears to be taking stage readings at this site. Reportedly, 12.5' on their gauge correlates to 2.5' on the old stick gauge. MDNR data is available at DNR Gauge You can use a pull-down list on the graph (and hit the 'Change' button) to get the flow (CFS) values. For what it's worth, 12.1' is about 200 cfs, and 12.3' is about 250 cfs. Obviously, flow in this upper reach will be substantially less than gauge reading.

Directions Description

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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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