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.
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 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).
Mostly flat/flowing prior to this point, but from here . . . almost continuous low-grade (class I, edging into class II perhaps, at optimum flows).
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.
Again, action picks up very briefly, then returns to class I-II riffles and rips.
A couple apparent ledges/waves/holes back-to-back (possible minor play, at optimum flows).
A sweet looking (if brief) sequence through here! Action subsides not far downstream, leaving flat/flowing paddle to the take-out.
USGS lists a sampling site here with drainage area of 84 square miles.
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