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Low Water - Boat size?

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This spring will hopefully be our first time on the mighty Rainy, so I have a few questions.

First, I have a 17 ft deep haul boat. With the low water, is that going to be a problem?

Also, how difficult is it to navigate the river? Do you travel far from the landing? And, is the Birchdale landing the only place to put a bigger boat in?

Last, how off base are we to plan for next friday or the following wednesday?

Thanks to all that respond, it's much appreciated.

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Low water shouldn't be too much of an issue for most of the river. There are a few areas that need to be looked out for, but just don't take off full bore down stretches of water that you don't know and you'll be fine. One main area to avoid is a rock bar that just out almost into the middle of the river just upstream from the birchdale landing.

It's not difficult to naviagate the river for the most part and there are several landings that will accomodate a boat of that size. Birchdale, Vedas, the one in Baudette, Frontier, and a know there is at least one more that I cannot think of at this time. My best fishing last year came about 100 yards away from the vedas landing.

I don't think that you're off base planning for next friday. With the weather it should be a good date, but those who are there all the time will have to make that judgement call, because I am currently stuck in Duluth going to school. The earlier, the better because as soon as the Big Fork, Littlefork, and Black rivers open fishing shuts right down.

Take Care and Good Luck Fishing!!

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