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Difficulty I-III(V)
Length 12 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 04/29/2015 1:47 am

River Description

Rating in parenthesis is for Sauna Bath Rapid (class IV-V) which may be omitted by taking out before.

We are unsure of precise access points (put-in/take-out) for this run. Anyone with specific information is encouraged to help out your fellow boaters by using the "Add a Comment" button which should appear (to all logged-in users) below.

Rapid Descriptions

USGS site, Brule

Class - N/A Mile - -5.9
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A USGS sampling site (used for random "Field Measurements") lists drainage at this point of 88.8 square miles.

USGS site, S.Brule

Class - N/A Mile - -5.4
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A USGS sampling site (used for random "Field Measurements") lists drainage at this point of 76.5 square miles.

Combined, this implies a drainage somewhere over 165 square miles at the put-in listed for this run.

Possible alternate access

Class - N/A Mile - -2.5
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This is the listed take-out for an upper reach of this river. Using this as access for the current reach adds 2.5 miles or so of flatwater, however it may make for a more likely (more passable roads?) shuttle. Either shuttle route is quite long (nearly an hour each way, according to GoogleMaps).

Brule Valley Trail

Class - N/A Mile - 8.38
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If access is possible here, you could cut your trip length considerably. (Land both sides of river may all be private property, necessitating permission.) Upstream appears to be mostly low-grade rapids interspersed with flatwater, while downstream appears to find somewhat more stout rapids.

start of more significant rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 10.65
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No Gage

Gage Descriptions

Minnesota DNR maintains a gauge for this river. Click Here to see that gauge.

Recommended flows for the upper section are above 600 cfs.

Note: You can use the pull-down menus to change the graph from 'Preliminary Stage'  (feet) to 'Discharge' (cfs), and to change the number of days of data displayed. Once you make your selections, press the "Change" button for the changes to take effect and a new graph to be displayed.

Directions Description

This shuttle is may be near a full hour (each way). We highly recommend meeting at take-out, gearing up, swapping boats and boaters to as few vehicles as possible (to leave 'drop vehicles' there), then driving to put-in to run river. This gets you on water without the delay which would result from meeting at put-in, having to run shuttle down and back up (while some boaters wait somewhere near two full hours) before putting on river!

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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




Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1200336 06/28/11 Matt Muir Updated gage link.
1203890 12/09/14 Rob minor tweaks
1203894 12/09/14 Rob resequence and minor edit
1203912 12/13/14 Rob minor edit
1204578 04/29/15 Rob minor edit
1190741 05/05/09 Rob n/a