Iron, Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|IRON RIVER AT CASPIAN, MI|
|usgs-04060500||150 - 800 cfs||I-II||01h00m||78.3 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.|
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!
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|1.4||USGS sampling site||N/A|
Where Fifth Avenue crosses the river (or used to?) there may be some minor rips and possible playable waves.
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).
Minor riffles and rips may immediately precede and follow passing under the Hwy.2 bridge.
Just downstream of Genesee Street, some swifts/rips/rapids will be encountered which may continue about a quarter-mile.
A bridge spans the river, and just downstream, it appears there may be some minor rapids or swifts/rips.
USGS lists a sampling site (more-or-less) midway down our listed section, showing drainage at this point as 65 square miles.
Aerial view appears to show a small ledge which could provide some whitewater play.