Paint Creek - Ironwood Ct. to Clinton River confluence (1.6 miles)

Paint Creek, Michigan, US


Ironwood Ct. to Clinton River confluence (1.6 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (varies with level)
Length 1.6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 25 fpm

Fish Ladder rapid

Fish Ladder rapid
Photo taken 01/13/13

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04161540 100 - 1000 cfs I-II 01h05m 89.7 cfs (too low)
Likely low/boatable (a bit of a scrape). We need your input! Please add a comment or report. Gauge (71 sq.mi.drainage) is very near listed put-in, so should very accurately reflect actual flows.

River Description

This creek boasts a few fine spots. A rock-dam 'falls', and a sweet spin wave provide playboating possibilities. While some have attempted longer runs (putting in further up), generally they have found a lot of portages due to deadfall and snags. (The upstream portions of this stream go through a lot of wooded area.)

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-04-08 18:43:42

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Drainage area ~36 square miles.N/A
0.9Rochester Road RapidIIPlayspot
1.3Beer HoleIIPlayspot Photo
1.4Fish Ladder RapidIIHazard Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Beer Hole (Class II, Mile 1.3)

Beer hole

Beer hole
Photo taken 01/14/13 @ a good level

Fish Ladder Rapid (Class II, Mile 1.4)

Fish Ladder rapid

Fish Ladder rapid
Photo taken 01/13/13

The Fish Ladder is actually a little dangerous to run. Being that about 50 or so cement post like tubes, about 6-7 inches tall, 4-5 inches around and rounded on top are all placed in that area which creates the rapid at high water. At the min (150cfs) it is probably unrunable. Even at 250 - 300 cfs you still bump on them.

User Comments

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January 14 2013 (2197 days ago)
Rich GuilbaultDetails
This is a great class 1-2 creek. Min is 150cfs. Excellent creek for this urban area.
January 12 2013 (2199 days ago)
james mchaleDetails
fun local creek when it is up. fun level is 3 ft on guage at put-in located on ludlow st upstream
right side. 3 ft is @ 200-250cfs. put-in is upstream of city of rochester park at apartments back
lot. rapids consist of [1]falls in park, {may require ducking thru walk bridges.}, [2] rochester
road rapid, [3] beer hole,{site of rochester mills brewery} riverwide sidesurf wave, formed by
former mill diversion. note: at higher flow 300 and higher, this is a keeper hole due to being
under a bridge alot of hyraulics and entire creek is a boucey 2 mile ride lacking eddys. take outs
are on clinton river after voodoo wave, 2nd street rail trail parking lot or yates cider mill. be
on the lookout for wood. there is also a nice bike railtrail which follows the creek for scouting.