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Difficulty I-II(IV)
Length 23 Miles
Flow Range 600 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 57 minutes ago 270 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/01/2008 10:13 am

River Description

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.

Rapid Descriptions

Hanine Falls

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(Unnamed) Rapids

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Drainage: ~288 sq.mi.

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Approximate drainage at Hanine Falls (to the best of my ability using online planimeter and topomaps).


Gage Descriptions

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.

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.

Matt Muir


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