Sauk - K. of C. Park to Mississippi River (4.1 miles)

Sauk, Minnesota, US


K. of C. Park to Mississippi River (4.1 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (varies with level)
Length 4.1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 10 fpm
Max Gradient 10 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-05270500 450 - 5000 cfs I-II 00h48m 713 cfs (running)
Low boatable flow. Gauge (1,030 sq.mi. drainage) is less than a mile upstream of listed put-in, thus should very accurately reflect actual conditions for reach.

River Description

A fine 'in-town' run with short, pool-drop, class I-II rapids, and scattered small surfing waves.

There is a lowhead dam about halfway down the run, easily recognized since it has a wooden footbridge passing over it. The dam has crumbled between the pylons and the shore on either side, making both sides runnable. However, the dam is still intact in the middle, and could be a death trap at some flows.

Put-in: Knights of Columbus Park, near intersection of 8th St.N.(Hwy.4) and 54th Ave.N.(Hwy.138)
Alt.Put-in: behind the VFW Hospital (approx.coords.: 45.5770?N, 94.2103?W) This is where the gradient starts so it cuts down on some of the flatwater paddling.

Take-out: At the confluence with the Mississippi River -or-
Alt.Take-out: Continue about 1/2 mile down the Mississippi to play at Sauk Rapids (under 1st St. N. bridge).

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-03-30 05:40:39

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 27 2009 (3492 days ago)
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Paddled the sauk the other day at flood stage around 8 feet or 4500 cfs. It is a much different
river at this level, with lots of strainers and much bigger waves. There is one rapid that is
pushing a class 3 due of the size of the waves and a stong lateral wave pushing you towards some
trees. The river would be very dangerous if you went for a swim however was much more fun than the
normal old sauk. Make sure you are familiar with the normal current line before you run it at this
level since much of the river is flowing through tree tops

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