Canoeing the Montreal River,
Falls to Hwy. 122-Iron County- This
is a spectacularly beautiful river
for skilled paddlers through a Class
II canyon. When the water is high
this is a very hazardous stretch.
There is no intermediate access
so you must be sure when you begin
the trip that your skills are adequate.
Put in on river left just downstream
from the powerhouse. Saxon Falls
with a total drop of 78 feet is
just upstream. You have to descend
a long steel staircase and lower
the canoes with a rope to get to
the put in. It is not an easy task!!
The river is only 40 feet wide at
the beginning and stays that way
for the next 2 miles.Then canyon
walls begin to appear and you have
reached the first of many Class
II drops.The canyon walls are as
tall as 200 feet. Once you are through
the canyon walls the width of toe
river doubles and there are a series
of long boulder gardens.Take out
upstream left at the Hwy. 122 bridge.
It is best to call Northern States
Power Co. for water level info.
715-893-2213. This is a recorded
message. The water should be 250
to 300 cfs or higher for good paddling.
Above 500 gets hazardous.