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Difficulty I-II
Length 12.5 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 05/06/2018 9:23 pm

River Description


Fine canoe-tripping or kayak cruising stretch.

A couple miles of flatwater access and egress, but between that appears to be nearly continuous low-grade rapids (riffles and rips), interspersed with a few areas of somewhat more interesting action.

More specifically, the first three miles are only 4 FPM, followed by two miles of 10 FPM. The middle three-to-four miles clip along nicely around 20 FPM, then it eases back for a mile-and-a-half at about 18 FPM, before dropping off to 7 FPM about two-and-a-half miles to the take-out.

Rapid Descriptions

USGS sampling site

Class - N/A Mile - -12
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USGS lists a sampling site on the E.Br.Firesteel (nearly 12 miles upstream of our suggested put-in), showing drainage at Hwy.36 of 13 square miles.

USGS sampling site

Class - N/A Mile - -12
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USGS lists a sampling site on the W.Br.Firesteel (nearly 12 miles upstream of our suggested put-in), showing drainage at Hwy.36 of 29 square mile.

Thus, a combined total in excess of 42 square miles that far upstream (meaning likely in excess of 50 sq.mi. at our suggested put-in).

Riffles, rips, and waves!

Class - N/A Mile - 2.8
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Mostly flat/flowing prior to this point, but from here . . . almost continuous low-grade (class I, edging into class II perhaps, at optimum flows).

Increased action

Class - N/A Mile - 4.72
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Through this next brief stretch, there may be a few more significant ledge/waves and holes (at some flows). At least class II, possibly edging into class III at optimum flows. Rounding the next bend, action subsides back to the continuous I-II, as before.

Increased action

Class - N/A Mile - 8.23
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Again, action picks up very briefly, then returns to class I-II riffles and rips.

Ledges/waves/holes

Class - II+ Mile - 8.8
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A couple apparent ledges/waves/holes back-to-back (possible minor play, at optimum flows).

More waves/holes

Class - N/A Mile - 9.02
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A sweet looking (if brief) sequence through here! Action subsides not far downstream, leaving flat/flowing paddle to the take-out.

USGS sampling site

Class - N/A Mile - 10.23
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USGS lists a sampling site here with drainage area of 84 square miles.

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