Pine (Eastern UP), Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|PINE RIVER NEAR RUDYARD, MI|
|usgs-04127917||200 - 2000 cfs||I-II||01h40m||78.4 cfs (too low)|
|Likely too low for true whitewater. Flatwater likely paddleable, but expect to scrape at any gradient/shoals. Gauge (201 sq.mi.drainage) is on upstream reach. A handful of tributaries will contribute additional flow; Gauge will somewhat understate flows in this reach.|
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.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.3||Possible minor rips||N/A|
|1.6||Possible minor rips #3||N/A|
|1.9||Possible minor rips #4||N/A|
(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).