Whitefish, W.Br., Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II(III) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||20 fpm|
|Max Gradient||40 fpm|
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.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|1.2||Second small ledge||II|
|1.4||Third and Fourth small ledges||II|
|2.4||Head of better gradient||I|
|2.7||Whitefish Falls, Upper ledge||N/A|
|7.3||Confluence, Werners Creek||I|
|7.9||Confluence, Scott Creek||N/A|
|16.3||USGS sampling site||N/A|
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.
Very minor riffles and rips continue to (and beyond) this road bridge.
Pretty much same as above.
Two small ledges in close proximity. (Pretty much as above.) Downstream, minor riffles and rips continue.
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!)
At this point riffles and rips become continuous heading into the 'big event'.
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.
A good description and photo-essay of this 'falls' is available at Michigan Waterfalls.
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.
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.
This 'road' is really more of a driveway. Riffles and rips continue.
Werners Creek enters from the right just above Hwy.41.
Scott Creek enters from the left immediately before Old US 41/Trenary Avenue.
It appears there is a dam/weir at this point. Be very cautious, and be prepared to portage.
USGS lists a sampling site with drainage of 120 square miles.