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Difficulty II-III
Length 0.55 Miles
Gauge Apple River in Somerset (Approximation)
Flow Range 250 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 57 minutes ago ~ 580.326 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/10/2019 10:08 pm

River Description

A few miles downstream of the popular 'tubing' stretch of the Apple River in Somerset) the river enters a backwater from a dam. Most of the flow (most of the year) will be diverted through a penstock into a power plant for hydropower generation. When flow exceeds capacity of the penstock and generation demand, water may be allowed in the normally bypassed reach.

At least one good ledge (and it appears there may be more) could create some whitewater interest. We have no specific awareness of any runs of this reach. Anyone having more boater-specific info is encouraged to help your fellow boaters out by providing a comment or report! Are there more ledges? Or is this it?

Rapid Descriptions

Apple River Falls

Class - II+ Mile - 0
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A view of the "Falls" right below the dam is available at:

USGS sampling site

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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USGS lists a sampling site here with drainage area of 579 square miles.

That makes drainage area here just 6% more than at Somerset, so we are using the same 'virtual gauge' as we established for Somerset. Correlation is not assured. Flow *may* be affected by the dam. On-site inspection required to confirm runnability.


Gage Descriptions

A gauge which apparently may have measured outflow below the powerplant now appears to have gone offline. There will be flow in the bypassed channel only when incoming natural flow exceeds penstock/powerplant capacity. We have no awareness of any gauge or markers for runnability. Anyone with knowledge of this reach is encouraged to help out fellow boaters by providing a comment or report, with photos, if you have them.

Directions Description

Since this is a fairly short reach (just about a half-mile) if/when it is boated, it will most generally be a park-and-play, walking the obvious 'shuttle' back to your vehicle. Howwever, you can use the text-entry box below to get drive time, distance, and directions from your home or other starting location.

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1203483 06/16/14 Rob n/a
1203484 06/16/14 Rob Initial add
1212819 06/10/19 Rob updated description