Haymeadow Creek - private access (?) to FR2010 (4.4 miles)

Haymeadow Creek, Michigan, US


private access (?) to FR2010 (4.4 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 4.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 25 fpm
Max Gradient 40 fpm

River Description

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!

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-02-16 19:21:24

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
1.3Haymeadows FallsII+Waterfall Playspot
1.8Haymeadow Creek Recreation AreaN/A
4.4USGS Sampling SiteN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Haymeadow Creek Recreation Area (Class N/A, Mile 1.8)

Camping and trails to the falls are available from a campground just to the side of the river at FR509.

USGS Sampling Site (Class N/A, Mile 4.4)

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.

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