Planter Creek, Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||60 fpm|
|Max Gradient||70 fpm|
We are unsure of any specific attempts at boating this reach. On one (rather brief, almost drive-by) scout of it, we did see a couple of areas with continuous action (few eddies) and serious problems with downed trees (deadfall, snags, strainers). Running this reach would have to be with extreme caution, or . . . after spending time beforehand logging it out! It does look like it would be a great rush (if freed of wood).
So . . . has anyone else looked at this? Or run it? Add a comment or report! Let your fellow boaters know if this is a 'discovery' or a disaster!
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Drainage area ~28 square miles.||N/A|
|0.2||"Root Beer Falls"||N/A|
|2.1||Confluence, Jackson Creek||N/A|
This is a rather odd situation. About 2 miles upstream, this flows out of Sunday Lake. Besides the immediately surrounding topography, the only inflow to Sunday Lake is the upper part of the Little Black River, which also flows out of the West end of the lake. However, at the NorthEast corner of the lake, there is a spillway into an culvert which tunnels underground 0.3 miles, where it emerges from the hillside along Hwy.28 immediately before passing under the highway.
Because of this 'dual outlet' to Sunday Lake, it is extremely difficult to predict the conditions under which to find adequate flow in Planter Creek. Suffice to say, there has to be a LOT of water around!
Do not even think about trying to boat from the upper section to this lower one. The intervening stretch is full of deadfall, and no apparent good whitewater. Even from our listed put-in, it appears you would suffer significant deadfall for nearly the first 3/4ths-mile. You may prefer to look at the alternate access.
Some of the maps have "Root Beer Falls" labeled in this vicinity. Perhaps it is due to angle of the satellite view, or obstructions of view of this tiny stream, but there is no 'falls' apparent here. Perhaps it is here and obscured or not evident, or perhaps (like so many others) the label is misplaced from the actual falls. (Perhaps it is one of the drops on the upper stretch?)
Be wary for the likelihood of accumulations of deadfall on the underpinnings of the bridge here.
It may be possible/advisable to skip the upper stretch (of mostly deadfall and headaches) if you can find parking along Planter Road (or back at the T-intersection with Chippewa Drive), to carry in along these powerlines for a short (~1.2 mile), and perhaps less troublesome, stretch of this creek.
The creek veers back South and encounters the railroad, running alongside the embankment for the next 1/3rd-mile. (At least along this stretch, it means peril from trees only from one side of the stream!)
At the confluence, you will either paddle 230' upstream ( if reasonable against the current) on Jackson to the Planter Road bridge, or carry up the near shore.