Lower Tamarack River

Duxbury, Minnesota

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The Lower Tamarack River is an intimate tributary of the St. Croix River with a lively current. Unfortunate, it is runnable only in spring or after heavy rains. Watch for downed trees blocking the narrow channel. If you launch at the County 30 bridge near Duxbury, you'll have to paddle through a culvert. Be sure to check for obstructions, such as log-jams, before you commit to entering. Without a gauge reading, you’ll have to rely on your intuition about the Lower Tamarack’s water level before you set out on the river. Generally, the river is runnable only during a full flush of runoff during the spring or after heavy local rains. That is especially true if you intend to put in at one of the two bridges at Duxbury. If water appears a bit on the low side, try putting in at one of the bridges farther downstream where the river channel is larger and is capable of floating a canoe in lower water.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

The Lower Tamarack River is an intimate tributary of the St. Croix River with a lively current. Unfortunate, it is runnable only in spring or after heavy rains. Watch for downed trees blocking the narrow channel. If you launch at the County 30 bridge near Duxbury, you'll have to paddle through a culvert. Be sure to check for obstructions, such as log-jams, before you commit to entering.

Without a gauge reading, you’ll have to rely on your intuition about the Lower Tamarack’s water level before you set out on the river. Generally, the river is runnable only during a full flush of runoff during the spring or after heavy local rains. That is especially true if you intend to put in at one of the two bridges at Duxbury. If water appears a bit on the low side, try putting in at one of the bridges farther downstream where the river channel is larger and is capable of floating a canoe in lower water.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Duxbury
Distance: 17
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 6 - 8 hours
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Maps: MDNR St. Croix State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Tamarack River

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