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Difficulty II-IV+(V)
Length 6 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 04/15/2017 3:09 am

River Description


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

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.

Recommended flows for the upper section are above 500 cfs.


This is among the largest of the North Shore watersheds (river running directly into Lake Superior between Duluth and the reservation, short of the Canadian border), with a drainage near the mouth of 264 square miles.

Boaters are advised to run this with someone experienced with this run, as some portages are preceded by eddyless water. It is reported that the river "drops 800 feet in an 8-mile span" on its final run to the lake. Among the drops in this stretch is Devil's Kettle where a portion of the river disappears into vertical shaft. Reportedly various items (dyes, ping pong balls, GPS transponders) have been tossed in to see where the water goes (comes out), but have never shown up downriver or in the lake! A portion of the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) runs pretty well along the river here, and can be used to hike up from Hwy.61 to see the last three falls of this stretch of river. (NOTE! On GoogleMaps, Devil's Kettle is severely misplaced, and appears about where Sauna Bath Rapids would be!)

Enjoy this look at Devil's Kettle and Upper Falls:


Additional pictures of Devil's Kettle (and some other falls on this river, and elsewhere) can be found by this google search.

Rapid Descriptions

Sauna Bath Rapid

Class - N/A Mile - -5.9
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WICKED!!!

Falls

Class - N/A Mile - -4.9
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Devil's Kettle

Class - N/A Mile - -1.06
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All I can say is "DON'T GO RIGHT!!!"

Upper Falls

Class - N/A Mile - -0.97
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A total drop of nearly 25'.

Lower Falls

Class - N/A Mile - -0.7
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As the river does a sharp U-bend (to the left) just before the confluence with Gauthier Creek (river-right), the river drops about 7' down Lower Falls.

USGS site

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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A site for "Field Measurements" (at random times) lists drainage at this point as 264 square miles.

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Anthony Collins
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4 years ago

If you hike up the trail from the road there is a gauge spray painted on the bridge. I would recommend running this river with someone that knows it well.

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Gage Descriptions

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

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.

Recommended flows for the upper section are above 500 cfs.

Directions Description


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Penobscot River Dams to be Removed!

12/1/2003
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.
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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1203895 12/09/14 Rob resequence (rename)
1203889 12/08/14 Rob Minor tweaks
1190742 04/15/09 Rob n/a
1207465 04/15/17 Rob promote gauge info to main page
1203939 12/19/14 Rob minor edit
1200337 06/28/11 Matt Muir Updated gage link.