Haymeadow Creek, Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II(III) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||25 fpm|
|Max Gradient||40 fpm|
We have no specific awareness of runs of this creek.
Drainage is sufficient (at least 9-10 sq.mi. the listed put-in and 30 sq.mi. by the take-out) to allow for adequate flows during peak snowmelt or after heavy rains. However, that is also sufficiently small as to mean very probable problems with deadfall and strainers.
Gradient is sufficient to provide at least good swiftwater, if not actual whitewater features.
There is one marked, named falls (Haymeadows Falls) on this reach.
Photos and brief description of the falls (seen on Waterfall Record) show it to be a straight-forward ledge of 2-3' in height.
With good flow, it is entirely possible the 'falls' is little more than a wave or wave-train, but could develop a fine playable wave/hole at the right flows.
There is a campground and a half-mile trail which allows hiking to the falls (which may allow carrying in to just do a 'park-and-play', though it seems doubtful it would be worth the effort, compared to other play options on other rivers).
The is also mention of a footbridge. (We have no awareness about whether it allows adequate clearance for safe passage of boaters.)
Alternate access points (from those listed) do exist, allowing shorter trips.
So . . . has anyone ever scouted or boated this reach? Help out your fellow boaters with a comment or report!
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|1.8||Haymeadow Creek Recreation Area||N/A|
|4.4||USGS Sampling Site||N/A|
Camping and trails to the falls are available from a campground just to the side of the river at FR509.
USGS lists a sampling site (used for one 'field measurement' back in 1976) and shows drainage at FR2010 (our listed take-out) as 30 square miles.