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Difficulty I-II
Length 4.1 Miles
Flow Range 450 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 month ago 701 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 03/30/2005 5:40 am

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).

Rapid Descriptions


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10 years ago

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

Gage Descriptions

While this reach is boatable at levels around 2.5' (450 cfs), levels around 4' (about 1100 cfs) may be more ideal.

(The gauge is less than a mile upstream of the put-in, so it very accurately reflects the flow of this run.)

Generally runnable with summer rains and spring snowmelt.

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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