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Difficulty I-II
Length 3.3 Miles
Gauge PINE RIVER NEAR RUDYARD, MI
Flow Range 200 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 189 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 01/02/2018 6:05 pm

River Description


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.

Rapid Descriptions

Possible minor rips

Class - N/A Mile - 0.335
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(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.

Island/Rips

Class - N/A Mile - 1.048
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(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.

Possible minor rips #3

Class - N/A Mile - 1.633
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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.)

Possible minor rips #4

Class - N/A Mile - 1.87
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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).

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Gage Descriptions

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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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1203836 11/21/14 Rob n/a
1203839 11/21/14 Rob Initial add.
1203841 11/22/14 Rob Add gauge, flow analysis, and map features.
1207509 05/02/17 Rob minor edit
1208415 10/31/17 Doug Heym Added Eastern UP to name
1208645 01/02/18 Rob remove table from gauge description, putting info into simple statement/paragraph form.