Clinton, Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II(III) (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||16 fpm|
|CLINTON RIVER AT AUBURN HILLS, MI|
|usgs-04161000||150 - 1000 cfs||I-II(III)||00h34m||68.5 cfs (too low)|
|Too low. Gauge (123 sq.mi. drainage) lies upstream of this reach, and may slightly understate flow, especially by later part of this reach.|
|CLINTON RIVER AT STERLING HEIGHTS, MI|
|usgs-04161820||200 - 2000 cfs||I-II||00h34m||173 cfs (too low)|
|Likely low/scrapey flow. We need your input! Please add comment or report about best flows here! Gauge (309 sq.mi. drainage) is downstream of this reach so might slightly lag and exaggerate actual flow in reach.|
Mostly flatwater/swiftwater in-town float, but there are a couple good rips. Be very aware of the
dam at Yates, which should be portaged by most paddlers at most flows. This is a classic
'killer low-head dam', and has killed unwary paddlers who underestimated the
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|3.5||Stony Creek Confluence||N/A|
Just past the confluence with Paint Creek, look for a fine little ledge/wave.
Plan on scouting and portaging at this dam. People have died misjudging the danger here! That said, at some flows this dam may be safely run by suitably experienced paddlers, with proper precautions and careful assessment of the backwash. Have someone with a throw-rope (and the knowledge of how to use it) on shore. We do not need more deaths in classic 'low-head dams' such as this one.
Pay special attention to the boil-line below the dam as a canoe runs the dam in this video. Be aware that a shorter boat (like a play kayak) will not 'bridge' the drop nearly so well, and is more likely to get caught in the reversal!