Hannine Falls is the most significant drop on this river. The MN DNR brochure describes it as "a jagged, sloping 15-foot drop. Class VI. Though conceivably runnable at low water levels . . . is filled with big holes in high water . . . followed by 150 yards of class II rapids." (I suspect the "class VI" rating is highly inflated by current standards.)
Numerous class I-II rapids populate the next 20 miles to Samuelson Park, a county facility with picnic and camping facilites.
Various shorter runs may be made utilizing available road crossings. A run just concentrating on Hannine Falls (utilizing public road crossings) might be as short as 3.75 miles (1 mile flatwater access paddle, run or view/portage the falls, then 2.5 mile flatwater egress to the next road crossing). Or, extend your trip to about 6.65 miles to the next road crossing and pick up another stretch of rapids.
Downstream (for 100 miles to the confluence with Rainy River) is a fine canoe tripping reach with widely spread whitewater (four areas of I-II rapids). This also could be broken into much smaller segments.
Approximate drainage at Hanine Falls (to the best of my ability using online planimeter and topomaps).
Cited gauge is 102 miles downstream of the put-in, but should provide adequate reference for this reach as well. MN DNR brochure suggests "3 feet or lower indicates most rapids are too shallow for easy passage". From USGS data, 3' corresponds to about 375cfs, so that has been used as a suggested minimum.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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