Iron - Mattol Park (Iron River) to Museum Drive (2.4 miles)


Iron, Michigan, US

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Mattol Park (Iron River) to Museum Drive (2.4 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 2.4 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
IRON RIVER AT CASPIAN, MI
usgs-04060500 150 - 800 cfs I-II 00h17m 91.4 cfs (too low)
Almost certainly too low for reasonable whitewater. We need your comments and reports about best flows and whether runnable/playable features exist at various Gauge (drainage area 92.1 sq.mi.) is about 1.5 miles downstream from take-out, with a couple tribs added in by then. Flow at put-in may be 0.7*gauge.


River Description

A fine bit of in-town paddling for folks in the Iron River, Michigan area. A bike trail parallels the river, making a bike-shuttle quite easy. It appears (from aerial views online) that there are a number of areas of shallows and shoals, as well as possibly a small ledge or two, which could allow for some minor whitewater play.

Anyone with more info (or photos!) of this stretch is encouraged to help out your fellow paddlers by providing comments or a report!


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-11-01 17:04:37

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1Fifth AvenueIIPlayspot
0.2Fourth AvenueIIPlayspot
0.6Hwy.2 RipsIPlayspot
0.8Genesee RipsI
1.1Pedestrian BridgeI
1.4USGS sampling siteN/A
2.3Ledge?IIPlayspot

Rapid Descriptions

Fifth Avenue (Class II, Mile 0.1)

Where Fifth Avenue crosses the river (or used to?) there may be some minor rips and possible playable waves.



Fourth Avenue (Class II, Mile 0.2)

Coming out from under the North Fourth Avenue bridge, there may be some playble features, or at least some riffles and rips at the river heads toward Nanaimo Park (river left).



Hwy.2 Rips (Class I, Mile 0.6)

Minor riffles and rips may immediately precede and follow passing under the Hwy.2 bridge.



Genesee Rips (Class I, Mile 0.8)

Just downstream of Genesee Street, some swifts/rips/rapids will be encountered which may continue about a quarter-mile.



Pedestrian Bridge (Class I, Mile 1.1)

A bridge spans the river, and just downstream, it appears there may be some minor rapids or swifts/rips.



USGS sampling site (Class N/A, Mile 1.4)

USGS lists a sampling site (more-or-less) midway down our listed section, showing drainage at this point as 65 square miles.



Ledge? (Class II, Mile 2.3)

Aerial view appears to show a small ledge which could provide some whitewater play.




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