Kettle - A) CR4 (near Kettle Lake) to CR52 (Moose Horn R.) (25 miles)

Kettle, Minnesota, US


A) CR4 (near Kettle Lake) to CR52 (Moose Horn R.) (25 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 25 Miles
Avg. Gradient 10 fpm
Max Gradient 25 fpm

River Description

This long reach may be shortened substantially via a number of road crossings.
Reportedly, there are some technical boulder garden rapids and a few good playable waves (particularly near CR131/133).

I have no firsthand knowledge of this reach, but analysis of topo maps suggests the following:
From   To   Distance   Gradient   Description
County Route 4   County Route 14   5.0 mi   6 FPM   Mostly lower gradient through (what appears to be) a marshy area.
County Route 14   Hwy.73   5.8 mi   11 FPM   Gradient picks up a bit. River is narrow and winding, with one rapids after another. Just above the confluence of the West Branch (above CR 131) there is 1 mile at 23FPM, though the flow from the West Branch may be needed for good paddling at lower flows.
Hwy.73   Hwy.27   5.1 mi   13 FPM   Gradient continues good. There is 1 mile at 25FPM flanking Hwy 27 bridge.
Hwy.27   County Road 66   5.1 mi   9 FPM   Gradient slacks off.
County Route 66   County Route 52   4.2 mi   9 FPM   Prior gradient continues, flattening out towards the end.

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StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-12-10 14:28:29

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Drainage: 56 sq.mi.N/A

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 56 sq.mi. (Class N/A)
Drainage area at our listed put-in is approximately 56 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software).

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