At the listed put-in, the river is likely small and may have regular problems with downed trees, strainers, sweepers, and log-jams. Expect some (significant) areas of flatwater, but you can also look forward to some areas of significant gradient. With overall gradient near 55 FPM, and max (full-mile) somewhere near 115 FPM, I would expect at least good class II-III, with likely a spot or two entering class IV territory (but that is all conjecture).
The listed take-out (and put-in for the next section) is labeled both as CR5 and CR11 (and is Penn Blvd within nearby Silver Bay).
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At the put-in drainage area is about 18 square miles (to the best I can do using online planimeter and topomaps).
First off, all which follows is solely via online aerial views. All 'names' listed here (except "Pancake Falls") are really more just descriptors and way-points. Anyone with additional (ideally, first-hand) information is strongly encouraged to "Add a Comment" below, or provide photo(s)/video(s) or other report.
The early going (nearly a half-mile) may be brush bashing or snag-filled portage fest (based solely on aerial view on which it is difficult to see the stream through the foliage). There is at least 25' of drop in this stretch (60-80+FPM), so there may be rapids, or at least swiftwater, which could make any obstructions extremely tricky. At about 0.4 mile, you should break free of the major tree cover for a bit, as the river takes a sharp left bend, and encounters a series of islands. Swiftwater and compression waves may form through some of this area, particularly in the event of high flows.
At this point, the river is split into a number of channels by a number of islands. At least as of the date of the aerial views, there is a major accumulation of woody debris at the head of these islands. Proceed with caution to determine if there is safe passage on any water route, but be prepared to portage.
This may act as an early warning for Pancake Falls about a half-mile downriver.
Anyone have any info or photos on this?
Possible alternate take-out/put-in.
As the river hits the 1200' topo line, it encounters a significant rocky outcropping, and drops something near 50' in the next quarter-mile, with another 60' in the half-mile after that. Expect some good action, and be ready to scout and/or portage!
As the gradient peters out, you'll encounter a bridge. On the aerial/topo maps, this is marked "Restricted" and indicates "Gate" at CR4. It appears there is a cemetery (?) just north of this road, which might be possible to use as ingress/egress.
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