Difficulty I-II
Length 2 Miles
Gauge CANNON RIVER AT WELCH, MN
Flow Range 1125 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 23 hours ago 824 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 10:35 am

River Description


While not what one might think of as a "whitewater river", the Cannon offers a fine beginner to intermediate swiftwater paddle trip, with a couple of wave/holes that may entertain more advanced playboaters.

The route takes 20 minutes if running straight through, with an easy shuttle that can be biked in about 20 minutes back if needed.

Places of interest are:

  1. At the put in: great eddy river right just below put in to practice peel-outs and eddy turns; additionally, at some levels, one big hole that may have concerns regarding rebar
  2. 5 minutes downstream: a fine wave-train, which can contain a great clean hole that is about 2 foot deep and 6 feet wide, as well as additional green-waves to surf
  3. just down stream of take out bridge at the confluence with the Little Cannon River (if at 7.7').

Most all features are accessible by a ferry and an easy peel out to get to them. If you swim there is plenty of room to collect your gear after each feature.

  Put in: Lake Byllesby County Park (5 minutes west of Hwy 52). Park in the lot and walk toward the (60' high) dam and you will see the trail to it's base. (Careful: this is very steep and can be muddy or icy depending time of year and precipitation.)

Take out: I think 3rd street river right. It is the second bridge after the dam where the "Little Cannon" joins the "Cannon" Either one will work as long as your car is there and if not you can walk to the other one by a nice little paved trail.

On an associated matter, MnktoDave provides:
Located where the old dam USED to be (several years ago) on the Little Cannon river, Little Cannon Falls is a wonderful, sheer drop that can be run over and over with just a short carry back. It is located in the town of Cannon Falls, just a few hundred yards upstream of where the Little Cannon River dumps into the Cannon River, along Hwy 20.

It is hard to catch with water. Runs well, during snowmelt and after heavy localized rains, or whenever the Cannon is running a fairly high level.

Go over the falls pretty much anywhere, but it widens out considerably before going over the lower ledges. With good water, I'm sure there would be a nice surf wave at the bottom ledge.

The take-out has good parking, portapotties, and bike paths.


The following video from MnktoDave shows a run of this drop:

Rapid Descriptions

Little Cannon Falls

Class - III Mile - 0

Located where the old dam USED to be (several years ago) on the Little Cannon river, Little Cannon Falls is a wonderful, sheer drop that can be run over and over with just a short carry back. It is located in the town of Cannon Falls, MN. just a few hundred yards upstream of where the Little Cannon River dumps into the Cannon River, along Hwy 20.

It is hard to catch with water. Runs well, during snowmelt....and after heavy localized rains. Or, maybe whenever the Cannon is running a fairly high level.

Go over the falls pretty much anywhere, but it widens out considerably before going over the lower ledges. With good water, I'm sure there would be a nice surf wave at the bottom ledge.

The take-out has good parking, portapotties, and bike paths.

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9 years ago

Both the half way wave and the take out wave seemed a little small at around 2000 cfs. Probably a lot better to surf at around 2600 or so. The put is had a decent wave river left that might turn into a hole at higher water. Fun quick trip if your looking to get a beginner out. The bike ride is a quick 10 minute shuttle. You can easily PnP on the take out wave, eddy access isn't too bad at lower levels.

Gage Descriptions

Gauge is 14 miles downstream, with a few significant tributaries, so actual flow in this reach will be less. Nonetheless, the gauge should provide quite accurate indication of runnability.

At least one fun feature can be found anywhere within the range of 4.6 ft (1125 cfs) to 7.7 ft (5000 cfs).
Optimum is between 5.5 ft (1850 cfs) and 7.2 ft (3800 cfs).

Directions Description


We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

Date Flow Result Factor  
2004-10-09 High Fatality One Boat Trip Read More

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