Riffles, rips, and minor rapids intersperse flatwater and may make fine excitement for non-whitewater paddlers and possibly a reasonable outing for begining whitewater paddlers. Listed access (and alternate egress) will require permission from property owners (if they are boater-friendly) or other accesses will need to be used, adding much more flatwater to the run.
(Via GoogleMaps aerial view) It appears there may be a brief area of slight constriction (narrowing of the river) and rocky rips which could (at the right flows) form minor whitewater interest.
(Via Googlemaps aerial view) A small island splits the flow, and some rocky rubble may litter the stream, possibly creating (at some flows) some minor whitewater features.
After a pretty fair left-hand-bend, a minor shoals will be encountered. At low-to-moderate flows, slight waves and whitewater features may build here. (Likely to wash out at higher flows.)
Not too much further downstream, another minor shoals will be encountered. Not far downstream, look for a large island as the river bends to the right. Not far below you should see houses each side of the river. *IF* permission can be obtained from one of the property owners to park and exit the river, this is a possibl take-out. Otherwise, proceed downstream to the listed take-out at Dixie Highway (Hwy.134).
Gauge/flow analysis (based on USGS data, 1972-2013):
Drainage area at gauge: 201 sq.mi.
Minimum daily mean flow (2007.08.17): 41 cfs
90% of time flow exceeds: 65 cfs
50% of time flow exceeds: 120 cfs
10% of time flow exceeds: 416 cfs
Maximum daily mean flow (1985.04.21): 4050 cfs
10/90 ratio: 6.4 ('flashy-ness')
(under 3 is quite steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy')
The 10/90 ratio of 6.4 shows this to be only slightly 'flashy', I.E., flows tend to be relatively more smooth and steady. That said, the '50% flow' of 120 cfs is likely to mean flow is too low for any real whitewater (or 'play') at least half the year, and (like so many upper-Midwest runs) the '10% flow' (of 416 cfs) is likely what is needed for 'best' whitewater. (Thus meaning it is at those flows just over one full month of the year . . . 10% of the time, ~36 days, on average.)
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