Sand Creek

Helena, Minnesota 56011

Sand Creek

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Sand Creek is a swift, thrilling run when the water is high. Sand Creek is a springtime favorite with whitewater boaters. Usually runnable in late March and early April, it consists of Class I and Class II chains of waves, with plenty of maneuvering required down a narrow, twisting river channel sometimes littered with downed trees.

Railroad Rapids (river mile 0.5), a series of Class II ledges located beneath a railroad trestle near the end of the run, is probably the toughest of Sand Creek’s whitewater. Even so, the penalty for messing up isn’t great, unless a sweeper has lodged in the current. If so, give it a wide berth. Portage if necessary."

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Skill Level
1-2 hours
Class II
Large trees occasionally lodge in the narrow river channel
Late March and early April
PRIM Metro South; USGS Jordan West; Google Maps; DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 32 A5
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