[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcYhnvV6neo[/youtube]Most years it is rare to catch this river at or above 5000cfs. But due to massive flooding in Duluth last summer which broke portions of the dam, the flow has been unregulated this summer resulting in much higher water levels. The river has been held around 5,000 cfs most of the summer resulting in a great stretch of river with huge wave trains!
When I paddled this in early June, the 2nd Sister and Octopus rapids were not runnable and therefore were snuck on the river right channel. We were able to get a look at the 2nd Sister from Below, but due to the very tight green line and the proximity of the drop to Octopus (a class IV/V rapid at 2-3,000cfs) it was determined better not to risk a mishap at this location.
Also, we took out on this day at the Swinging Bridge because the final section, Fin Falls, was likely an extremely challenging section at high water. However, John McConville, Ryan Zimny, and some of the other best North Shore boaters later explored the section to find great lines and awesome wave trains.