Menominee, Michigan, US/Wisconsin, US
C) Pemene Falls (0.2 miles)
||IV (varies with level)
Pemene FallsPhoto of Pemene Falls by Brian Sodergren taken 08/06/03 @ Low
MENOMINEE RIVER BELOW PEMENE CREEK NR PEMBINE, WI
1000 - 7000 cfs
Starting to surge (bouncy). Gauge (3,140 sq.mi. drainage) lies immediately downstream of this reach, so very accurately portrays flow here.
This run is easily combined with Piers
. It is a shorter and more intense reach than Piers Gorge, and may
play below the rapids (depending upon your preferences!).
This is easily one of the scarier rapids that I have run. It consists of 4 main features, which I
will describe in the order you encounter them while running the rapids.
There are some sweet smaller surf waves leading into the main drop. The first large feature,
is an extremely violent river-wide hole where the river narrows to 12' wide.
It flushes in the center. When entering the hole from upstream, the top of the backwash is a little
above eyeball level. There is a small room of doom to the right, which (if you flip and are swept
into) will make your life miserable. There are countless sharp pointy rocks (that the current will
slam you against) as you set up for a roll. A word of caution: this is where Pemene Dam used to be.
It has been my experience that at levels above 7.9 feet you can safely run this rapid without the
risk if hitting rebar. However, I have not been able to confirm presence or absence of rebar risks
at levels below 7.9 feet. Also, the hole becomes less flushy the lower you get. I have not visited
"The Lambs" any higher than 8.3 feet (which is a good level to run it at), but I was told
that it was very intimidating at 12 feet.
50 yards downstream is Hannibal Hole. This is a great hole to play in, especially since there is a
huge eddy on river left that provides easy access. Just 5 yards below Hannibal is Lecter Wave. This
is one of the best waves in the Upper Peninsula/Wisconsin area in my opinion. A huge eddy on river
left provides easy access.
The 4th feature of this rapid is known as Cannibal Rock. It is a chunk of old dam on the river
right side of Lecter Wave. This rock is just below the surface and if you windowshade here, you
will smack it hard. (I received a mild concussion the first time I hit it, and spent the next 12
hours vomiting. Plus it snapped my paddled in half!)
This run is a little off the main drag, but worth a trip to see. Even if you decide not to run
Clarice, you may find Hannibal and Lecter will provide adequate entertainment.
Recommended 'Companion' Runs
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Last Updated: 2009-06-18 13:18:00