OK, I'm 'cheating' a bit here, lumping a bunch of streams together in one description/page. It seemed a shame not to have mention of these creeks on this AW river inventory, but it also seemed near absurd to detail each separately, as they all fall into a category I like to call "stupid boater tricks" or "micro creeks".
Within the city limits of Duluth, there are a good number of creeks with incredible gradients and amazing slides and drops. To the best of my knowledge, most (if not every one) of these creeks have been run by area boaters.
The odds of any out-of-town (or at least out-of-immediate-area) boater catching them runnable would be quite slim. Hard-core boaters may watch for the few days (or few hours!) when they may be at 'runnable' levels, for an unbelievable 'in town' rush.
The following table hints at the variety and challenge available. (Listing is from North to South through town.)
Tischer Creek, ~1.0 mile, 400 FPM
Chester Creek, ~1.5 miles, 286 FPM
Miller Creek, ~1.0 miles, 400 FPM
Keene Creek, ~1.5 miles, 333 FPM
Kingsbury Creek, ~0.7 mile, 570 FPM
We would love to have first-hand reports (information, photos, videos) from anyone who has run any of these (or other 'in-town' runs around Duluth).
The following listing is from north to south through Duluth, somewhat arbitrarily listing all distances from where Hwy.61(London Road) crosses over Lester River on the north end of town.
A couple of steep slides and twisting turns make for a bit of a steep bobsled feel to this run.
Unknown whether there is merit, whether there is sufficient size and clear enough channel above the apparent ponds (where topo maps indicate "Ski Jumps"). I believe most runs are from somewhere below those.
Is it feasible? Anyone ever done this? Add a comment or report!
Anyone ever done this? How far up were you able to start? Add a comment or report!
FWIW, a USGS sampling site at the point this creek passes under US53/Miller Trunk Hwy (near UHaul) listing drainage of 5 square miles, and another sampling site near the mouth listing 10 square miles.
An amazing series of ledges and slides, ending up by dropping under a bridge and into the zoo! (I think you need to take-out before that!)
(For what it's worth, there appears to be considerable gradient above the marked location. I hiked that once, and it mostly seemed to have relatively little merit for the logistics which would be involved.)
Anyone ever done any part of this? Were you able to run all of it? Add a comment or report!
Insanely small and steep (or is it?). Anyone ever done this? How far up were you able to start? Add a comment or report!
Smaller (I think) than others, generally less concentrated gradient (I think) than others. Anyone ever done this? How far up were you able to start? Was it worth it? Add a comment or report!
Generally less concentrated gradient (I think) than others. (Or maybe thats wrong!) Anyone ever done this? How far up were you able to start? Was it worth it? Add a comment or report!USGS lists a sampling site where Mission Creek Parkway crosses the creek, and shows drainage area at that point of 10 square miles.
No known gauges on most of these, they are runnable (only briefly) at ice-out and after heavy rains. All have quite small watersheds, and will generally 'flash' off rather quickly, going from too low, possibly to too high, and back to too low even within the course of a day or two!
Permits are not required for this reach.
Listed 'put-in' and 'take-out' lat/lng coordinates are only to delineate (establish) the north and south ends of town (more-or-less) to allow online exploration by the user. Therefore the default 'shuttle directions' are nearly meaningless. However, we have them enabled here to allow the map to show the extent of the drive across town, and to allow the user to input their home or other starting location (in the text-entry box) to get time, distance, and routing to this area.
Tischer Creek Slides
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