The overall impression of this run will be flatwater paddling punctuated by four generally brief mild rapids. Indeed much of the run will be almost lake-like, as evidenced by private-property piers in numerous areas.
Rapids include two unnamed rapids and two named rapids: Twite Rapids and Durant Rapids.
At a spot where a farmstead appears on river-right, a significant 'peninsula' of land from river-left (along with a much less significant one from river-right) pinch the river and a brief rocky rapids provides the first entertainment on the run.
Coming in from river-left, the Rice add 143 square miles drainage, bumping the total (post confluence) to 215.3 square miles.
Another significant 'peninsula' of land from river-left bends the river slightly right, then sharply left. This brief rocky rapids is a bit more significant than the prior (first) rapids.
It is interesting that there are named rapids which are much tamer than unnamed rapids on the same stretch of river. This named rapids appears to be much less intersting or significant than the prior unnamed one (though it is a bit longer). Generally, this is a low-grade rock garden, into a zig-zag partway down, then a brief rock garden runout.
Again, a minor rapids gets a name ...
the river sweeps gently, then sharply left, followed by a sharp right. On river-right, a fine homestead sits on a near peninsula of land formed by the confluence with Flint Creek just downstream of this minor rock garden rapids.
Cited gauge is 113 miles downstream of the put-in, but should provide adequate reference for this reach as well. MN DNR brochure suggests "3 feet or lower indicates most rapids are too shallow for easy passage". From USGS data, 3' corresponds to about 340cfs, so that has been used as a suggested minimum.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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