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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 8.86 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 02/27/2015 1:26 am

River Description

The highlight of this run is Whitefish Falls, which is not really a falls but a fine stretch of bedrock ledge/drop rapids.

Boaters looking specifically for whitewater will prefer to do this (approximately) quarter-mile stretch as a park-and-play, since there is good access to it.

The listed take-out is on private property. Permission would need be sought to leave a vehicle and take-out here. Absent that, either use access points further upstream or further downstream.

Rapid Descriptions

Small ledge

Class - II Mile - 0.84
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There will be various, random, riffles and rips from the put-in. At this location, it appears there may be a small ledge. (It is entirely possible/likely that, at boatable flows, this will be a wave/hole, or (at moderate-to-higher flows) may even be not noticeable.

Johnson Road

Class - N/A Mile - 1.03
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Very minor riffles and rips continue to (and beyond) this road bridge.

Second small ledge

Class - II Mile - 1.15
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Pretty much same as above.

Third and Fourth small ledges

Class - II Mile - 1.44
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Two small ledges in close proximity. (Pretty much as above.) Downstream, minor riffles and rips continue.


Class - I Mile - 1.8
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A minor ledge and squeeze is likely to create a fun little bit of a wave train. Not far downstream, look for a one-lane truck-trail bridge. (Unknown whether it allows adequate clearance at good boatable flows. Be alert!)

Head of better gradient

Class - I Mile - 2.44
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At this point riffles and rips become continuous heading into the 'big event'.

Whitefish Falls, Upper ledge

Class - N/A Mile - 2.72
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Whitefish Falls is really just a series of about three good ledges -- much more a rapids than a falls. The first ledge in the series appears here.

Whitefish Falls

Class - II+ Mile - 2.75
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A good description and photo-essay of this 'falls' is available at Michigan Waterfalls.


Class - N/A Mile - 2.86
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An island splits the flow (fairly evenly) -- pick a side and go. Riffles and rips continue, but peter-out as a second island is encountered.

Diffin Road

Class - N/A Mile - 3.18
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Power lines

Class - N/A Mile - 5.58
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From Diffin Road there will be virtually no rapids, riffles, or rips until ust a bit above this power line crossing. Minor riffles and rips will continue a good way downstream.

Saari Road

Class - N/A Mile - 6.35
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This 'road' is really more of a driveway. Riffles and rips continue.

Confluence, Werners Creek

Class - I Mile - 7.29
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Werners Creek enters from the right just above Hwy.41.

Confluence, Scott Creek

Class - N/A Mile - 7.85
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Scott Creek enters from the left immediately before Old US 41/Trenary Avenue.


Class - N/A Mile - 8.29
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It appears there is a dam/weir at this point. Be very cautious, and be prepared to portage.

USGS sampling site

Class - N/A Mile - 16.25
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USGS lists a sampling site with drainage of 120 square miles.


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Directions Description

Access at listed put-in is uncertain. Alternate access points do exist, allowing shorter or longer trips. Some boaters may just wish to do a park-and-play at Whitefish Falls (a quarter-mile of bedrock ledge/drop rapids), thus foregoing any shuttle.

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1197096 01/12/10 Rob n/a
1197097 01/12/10 Rob Initial add of full info.
1197101 01/14/10 Rob Corrected name to be W.Br.
1204230 02/27/15 Rob minor edit