Baptism, W.Br. - Rte. 1 (4.5 miles NW of Finland) to Finland (5.4 miles)


Baptism, W.Br., Minnesota, US

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Rte. 1 (4.5 miles NW of Finland) to Finland (5.4 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 5.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 71 fpm


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.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-12-30 23:35:00

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-0.5Possible alternate inN/A
0.0Drainage: 18 sq.mi.N/A
0.6Crown Creek RoadN/A
1.1Confluence: Crown CreekN/A
1.4Correll Crown RoadN/AAccess
3.4(Unnamed) Road BridgeN/AAccess
5.3Hwy.1N/AAccess

Rapid Descriptions

Possible alternate in (Class N/A, Mile -0.5)

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)

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 0.6)



Confluence: Crown Creek (Class N/A, Mile 1.1)

A fairly decent-sized tributary comes in from the right.



Correll Crown Road (Class N/A, Mile 1.4)



(Unnamed) Road Bridge (Class N/A, Mile 3.4)



Hwy.1 (Class N/A, Mile 5.3)




User Comments

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May 14 2009 (3354 days ago)
Area boaters are reporting that the gauge appears to have changed (Spring, 2009). While formerly
levels of 2.6' (plus or minus about 0.3') were 'optimal', now you should be looking for 3.3' (plus
or minus about 0.3'). There is also apparently some controversy about whether the reports from the
DNR are accurate.


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