At the put-in drainage area is about 110 square miles (to the best I can do using online planimeter and topomaps).
This will be a portage or a 'sneak' for the majority of boaters. Most of the flow goes through a nasty sequence of holes and slides. Tight to the right, a sneak channel can be run, but contains at least a few major piton spots.
10 years ago
To find the USGS stage marker, walk down from wayside at Hwy.61 bridge and walk upstream (river right). Gauge is on a cement face, and may be easy to miss first time you look for it. Historically, runs on this river are good around 2.6' on this gauge, give or take 0.3' or so. However, boaters are reporting (Spring, 2009) that the gauge has apparently changed. Now, readings of 3.3' (give or take 0.3') would appear to be optimum. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources appears to be taking stage readings at this site. Reportedly, 12.5' on their gauge correlates to 2.5' on the old stick gauge. MDNR data is available at the DNR Gauge. You can use a pull-down list on the graph (and hit the 'Update' button) to get the flow (CFS) values. For what it's worth, 12.1' is about 200 cfs, and 12.3' is about 250 cfs.
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