Firesteel - N.Firesteel Road to Lakeshore Drive (12.33 miles)


Firesteel, Michigan, US

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N.Firesteel Road to Lakeshore Drive (12.33 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 12.33 Miles


River Description

Fine canoe-tripping or kayak cruising stretch. A couple miles of flatwater access and egress, but appears to be nearly continuous low-grade rapids (riffles and rips), interspersed with a few areas of increased action.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-03-12 03:52:12

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-12.0USGS sampling siteN/A
-12.0USGS sampling siteN/A
2.8Riffles, rips, and waves!N/A
4.7Increased actionN/A
8.2Increased actionN/A
8.8Ledges/waves/holesII+
9.0More waves/holesN/A
10.2USGS sampling siteN/A

Rapid Descriptions

USGS sampling site (Class N/A, Mile -12.0)

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 -12.0)

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)

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 4.7)

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 8.2)

Again, action picks up very briefly, then returns to class I-II riffles and rips.



Ledges/waves/holes (Class II+, Mile 8.8)

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



More waves/holes (Class N/A, Mile 9.0)

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 10.2)

USGS lists a sampling site here with drainage area of 84 square miles.




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