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Difficulty I-II
Length 6.45 Miles
Flow Range 3000 - 12000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 235 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/23/2018 1:22 pm

River Description

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.

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 56 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Drainage area at listed put-in (to the best of my ability using online planimeter and topomap).

Unnamed (or unknown name) rapids #1

Class - N/A Mile - 1.25
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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.

Confluence: Rice River (combined drainage 215.3 sq.mi.)

Class - N/A Mile - 1.65
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Coming in from river-left, the Rice add 143 square miles drainage, bumping the total (post confluence) to 215.3 square miles.

Unnamed (or unknown name) rapids #2

Class - N/A Mile - 1.92
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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.

Twite Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 3.11
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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.

Durant Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 5.6
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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. 


Gage Descriptions

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.

Directions Description

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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


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