Ford - A) Co.Rd.South Dakota to Cedardale 28th Road (12 miles)


Ford, Michigan, US

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A) Co.Rd.South Dakota to Cedardale 28th Road (12 miles)

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 12 Miles
Avg. Gradient 6 fpm
Max Gradient 11 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
FORD RIVER NEAR HYDE, MI
usgs-04059500 300 - 2000 cfs II 01h15m ~ 561 cfs (running)
Likely low to moderate whitewater. We need your input! Help out your fellow boaters with a comment or report about best flows. Gauge (450 sq.mi. drainage) lies well downstream, thus will certainly lag rise and fall. Flow here will be nearly half gauge reading.


River Description

While the Ford from Hwy.2 to Hwy.35 may have higher maximum and average gradient, and thus seem a 'better' run, it has no apparent ledges or significant geology, thus consists primarily of waves (at high enough flows). This stretch lies well upstream, and has very low overall gradient, but has a brief stretch which looks very promising. Indeed, at the right flows, it appears it could be worth a 'park-and-play', if it can be legally accessed (if the unimproved roads which seem to provide access are not gated or posted against trespass) and if the roads are passable. After the brief rapids, the remainder of the stretch is likely to be flat/flowing, possibly a few areas of swiftwater, riffles and rips.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-04-29 23:37:19

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0USGS sampling siteN/A
1.8Begin rapids sequenceII
2.1Possible additional minor featuresI
2.3Island chainN/A
2.5Possible short accessN/A

Rapid Descriptions

USGS sampling site (Class N/A)

USGS lists a sampling site very near our listed put-in, and shows drainage area at that point as 230 square miles.



Begin rapids sequence (Class II, Mile 1.8)

About a mile-and-three-quarters of generally flatwater paddling from the listed put-in brings you to the best stretch of rapids on this section of river. It appears there may be a couple good ledge/wave/holes to start, and possibly some nice waves/riffles/rips for a ways downstream.

It appears there are unimproved roads either side of river which may provide access to this location for inspection, and possible park-and-play (if features merit).



Possible additional minor features (Class I, Mile 2.1)

After the 'main event', it appears there may be some additional geology which could created additional minor features as the river jogs left then back to the right.



Island chain (Class N/A, Mile 2.3)

A string of islands break up the flow. Watch for possible wood accumulating at head of each. There may be minor waves and eddy-work possible amid these various channels.



Possible short access (Class N/A, Mile 2.5)

Almost the entire stretch downstream of here is flatwater (and perhaps swiftwater riffles and rips). It may be possible to use what appear to be logging roads (if they are not gated or posted against trespass, or impassible to your particular shuttle vehicle(s)) to access the river at this point to make a short trip.




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