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Saint Louis River - minnesota
20th of May
Streamflow 6050 cfs
Average 2000 cfs
Runnable Min 300 cfs
Runnable Max 50000 cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 5 Miles
Class II+ to IV
Current Weather 70° Breezy. Isolated Showers then Partly Sunny


Upper Saint Louis is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 6050cfs, about 203% above the average runnable rate of 2000cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Saint Louis River between a bare minimum of 300cfs and a high of 50000cfs.

This class II+ to IV journey is accessible from Access - Public Boat Ramp along the Saint Louis River. Paddlers should prepare for the 1 class II+ to IV whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Upper Saint Louis are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at St. Louis River At Scanlon, Mn.

Put in located in Scanlon, north of off Hwy. 61 at the MN Power boat ramp. Weather on the river today will be isolated showers before 7am. partly sunny, with a high near 70. breezy, with a west wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 25 mph. chance of precipitation is 10%.

Season Begins: May & Ends: November

Seasonal Flow Status: 56% Above Average

With a 6050cfs streamflow rate, Upper Saint Louis is currently above its 3880cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 56%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 1860cfs in 2012, and a high of 6050cfs seen in 2019. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 04024000

Hourly Forecast: 70° Today, Breezy. Isolated Showers then Partly Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Showers. Cloudy, with a high near 42. Breezy. to isolated showers before 7am. partly sunny, with a high near 70. breezy, with a west wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 25 mph. chance of precipitation is 10%. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 42° - 70°

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS63 KDLH 160600 AFDDLH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Duluth MN 100 AM CDT Thu May 16 2019 .UPDATE... Issued at 1251 AM CDT Thu May 16 2019 Please see the 06Z aviation discussion below. && .SHORT TERM...(This evening through Thursday) Issued at 351 PM CDT Wed May 15 2019 A warm front through the central Dakotas this afternoon and a cold front over western North Dakota will both move east tonight passing through the Northland tonight into Thursday morning. A shortwave will move through southern Canada as well. Showers and a few thunderstorms will occur over much of the Northland and a few strong storms will be possible. Rainfall amounts will generally be from a tenth to quarter inch with higher amounts under thunderstorms. Most of the rain will exit our eastern zones between 12Z and 15Z but there could be some additional light showers may develop during the afternoon over the Arrowhead into north central Wisconsin. There will be a nearly 20 degree temperature gradient across the Northland, from the 55 to 60 far north to 70 to 75 over northwest Wisconsin. Gusty north/northwest winds will occur behind the front. High pressure will bring a dry night Thursday night with light winds and clearing skies. Colder temperatures will result with lows from 30 to 35 far north to 35 to 40 over our southern zones. .LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Wednesday) Issued at 351 PM CDT Wed May 15 2019 The main concern for the long term period is a pair of low pressure systems which will affect the Northland Saturday and Sunday. High pressure over the region Friday morning will give way to clouds by afternoon and a few showers across our south as a warm front moves northward through southern Minnesota. An isolated thunderstorm or two is possible Friday evening. The first area of low pressure to affect the region will move into eastern South Dakota early Saturday morning. Frontogenetic forcing for ascent coupled with convergence will produce a broad area of rain as far north as the Iron Range on Saturday. Dry air feeding ...

Whitewater Rapids and Obstacles

Obstacle Summary Class Elevation
Electric Ledge

A river wide ledge. The main line run is "center." The water horizon line extends beyond the actual flow on river right as it's hemmed in by the ledge as it rises above water line. The main line, at lower flows, is identifiable by a green tongue that e

Follow the green and yellow signs on the river right side. As you approach, the horizon line will not be as evident because the river makes a left turn with the drop just out of sight. The signs will be clear and you should paddle directly to them.
III to V Feet

Regional 5 Day Forecasts

Run Overview

Permitted Watercraft


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