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Difficulty I
Length Miles
Flow Range 300 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 18 minutes ago 41.6 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/14/2009 4:44 pm

River Description

While mostly characterized as a scenic flatwater float, this river is host to what is often (mistakenly) reported as "the only whitewater" to be found in the state of North Dakota. An area of Class I boulder-garden rapids lies upstream of Walhalla.

Aaron Kennedy provides:

I've had the opportunity to run this river on a couple of occasions. This river is runnable down to ~300-350cfs or so. At this level, do expect to scrape bottom a few times. In addition, numerous boulders become exposed requiring navigation at several small ledges/drops. As such, I'd rate a portion of the river as class II . . . it isn't just riffles. A much better level to run it is around 600cfs. This erases most of the scrapes.

Primary hazard along this river is strainers, however, at least at lower water levels (600cfs and lower), flow is pretty slow so they are easily avoidable. Plenty of places to get out and stretch along the way.

Primary put-in is at the County 55 Bridge. While not confirmed, there may be access farther north near the Canadian border. I'll investigate this reach one of these days.

Take-Out at County 32 Bridge in Walhalla or possibly at their riverside park. Overall, just a fun river to paddle down in the summer. Great for introducing friends to a little whitewater with not much danger.

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Dustin Gorder
10 years ago

april 18 1054 cfs good running. no scrapes very fast and lots of good waves. lots of fun. the first big one about 20 minutes downstream is a hoot. hiked it to hit it again.

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11 years ago

There is access farther north just shy of the canadian border. it is hard to access you would need a four wheeler or capable off road machine to tow/haul boats. but it is a very remote fun section of river.

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