Note: This is not a lower section of a river named the Tamarack. The river is the Lower Tamarack!
This is a pool-drop river with some fairly long (up to 1/4 mile) class I-II rapids, and occasional small surf waves or holes. There is a fair amount of flat water on the lower part of the river, and the St. Croix, to the take out. (The run ends with approximately 1.7 mile paddle-out on the St.Croix River, which is included in the mileage figure cited above.)Put-in elevation is approximately
994'.Take-out elevation is approximately
867'.Thus total elevation change is approximately
127'.Put in: from the take-out, go west across Mn.48/Wi.77 bridge. Take the first right in Mn. on CR173. Follow this to Hwy.25 and turn right. Proceed about 1 mile to put-in at the first river crossing. Take out: MN Hwy.48/WI Hwy.77 bridge over the St. Croix, on the downstream Wisconsin side. (This is known as "Thayer's Landing".)
There is no direct gauge on this river. Runnable normally in the spring, or as a result of heavy rains.
* Gauge cited is for the Kettle river. Generally, levels of 6 ft. or higher should indicate the lower Tamarack will be up.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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