Pine (Eastern UP) - A) W.Prairie Road to S.River Road (3.25 miles)


Pine (Eastern UP), Michigan, US

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A) W.Prairie Road to S.River Road (3.25 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 3.25 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
PINE RIVER NEAR RUDYARD, MI
usgs-04127917 200 - 2000 cfs I-II 00h47m 304 cfs (running)
Likely low-to-moderate flows. We need your input. Add a comment or report regarding flows. Gauge (201 sq.mi.drainage) is immediately downstream of listed put-in, thus very accurately reflects actual flow in reach.


River Description

A handful of minor rapids/shoals intersperse mostly flatwater. Listed access and egress are likely via private property, and would require obtaining permission from property owners. It is not known how boater-friendly they may be. Lacking permission, put-in skips only 1/8th mile of river (and the first possible riffles/shoals). However, it would be necessary to extend the trip some miles downstream to the next available public access, or to some other private property (with permission to park and exit the river). Since (possibly) the best rapids/shoals appears to be at S.Mackinac Trail, if that spot develops playable features, it may be possible/advisable for whitewater play-boaters to just do a 'park-and-play' there at favorable flows.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-01-02 17:58:36

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Apparent rapids/shoals #1N/A
0.6Possible obstruction/shoalsN/A
1.2S.Mackinac Trail RipsN/AAccess Playspot
1.8Apparent rapids/shoals #3N/A
3.2Apparent rapids/shoals #4N/A

Rapid Descriptions

Apparent rapids/shoals #1 (Class N/A, Mile 0.0)

This rapids/shoals is virtually at the listed put-in. It is unknown whether parking is possible/convenient here, nor whether access is legal (if private property and permission is not given). It may be necessary to skip this first rips/shoals and put in 1/8th mile downstream at the Prairie Road bridge.



Possible obstruction/shoals (Class N/A, Mile 0.6)

(From online/aerial views) It appears there may be some obstruction in the river, and/or a possible bit of shoals. Be vigilant as you come round bends in the river, prepared to get ashore in case of any deadfall or snags.



S.Mackinac Trail Rips (Class N/A, Mile 1.2)

You will pass under power lines very shortly before encountering S.Mackinac Trail (also marked as 'H63' on GoogleMaps). Under this road bridge and continuing just a short ways downstream, it appears there may be some nice ripples and waves.



Apparent rapids/shoals #3 (Class N/A, Mile 1.8)

(From GoogleMaps aerial view) It appears there is a brief rock/rubble shoals in this area. At low water, expect to scrape. At moderate flows, there may be fine riffles/rips/waves. At higher flows this may either build nice waves or (conversely) may just 'wash out' and not create any real whitewater features.



Apparent rapids/shoals #4 (Class N/A, Mile 3.2)

(From GoogleMaps aerial view) It appears there may be a brief rock/rubble shoals in this area. At low water, expect to scrape. At moderate flows, there may be fine riffles/rips/waves. At higher flows this will likely just 'wash out' and not create any real whitewater features.

***IF*** permission has been obtained from private property owner on river-left here, this would be the take-out for the shortest trip, focusing on the areas with known (apparent) shoals/rips/rapids. In that event, take-out would be before a (fairly decent sized) side creek enters on the left.

Lacking permission to park and exit at this private property, it will be necessary to continue some miles downriver to either the next public road access or to some other private property (with appropriate permission secured).




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