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Difficulty II
Length 13.8 Miles
Gauge FORD RIVER NEAR HYDE, MI
Flow Range 300 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago ~ 1560 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/29/2015 11:35 pm

River Description


Another section of this river, similar to the prior section, in that there will be plenty of flatwater, some swiftwater (riffles and rips), and a few potentially good playable features. Many shorter trips (possibly access for park-and-play of some of the better features) are possible, either requiring permission from private properties or using logging roads (if not gated or posted against trespass).

Rapid Descriptions

USGS sampling site

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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USGS lists a sampling site very near our listed put-in for this reach, and shows drainage area of 330 square miles.

Ledge/wave/hole

Class - II Mile - 2.1
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A single ledge/wave/hole may offer some play at some flows.

Bedrock constriction

Class - N/A Mile - 3.27
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An increase in bedrock presence (especially to river-right) may cause interesting waves to develop in this stretch at some flows.

Ford Ledge

Class - II Mile - 6.75
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One of many many fords (low-water river crossings . . . hmmmm, might that be the origin of the name of the river?) happens at a spot where there is significant bedrock in evidence. A few good waves lead to a ledge/wave/hole. Additional waves lead down under a bridge and slightly beyond. This could arguably be one of the best (and most readily accessible) playspots on this run, if not on the whole river!

Confluence, Twentyfour Mile Creek

Class - N/A Mile - 9.63
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While relatively small, Twentyfour Mile Creek is one of the larger (and few named) tribs to enter the river.

Ledge/wave/hole

Class - II Mile - 11.16
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Another significant (for this river) ledge/wave/hole may offer play at some flows. Expect some (much lesser) waves downstream.

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Directions Description


Many shorter trips (possibly access for park-and-play of some of the better features) are possible, either requiring permission from private properties or using logging roads (if not gated or posted against trespass).

Otherwise, the shuttle is somewhere near 3/4-hour (each way). We highly recommend meeting at take-out, gearing up, swapping boats and boaters to as few vehicles as possible (to leave 'drop vehicles' there), then driving to put-in to run river. This gets you on water without the delay which would result from meeting at put-in, having to run shuttle down and back up (while some boaters wait somewhere near an hour-and-a-half) before putting on river!

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1204365 03/21/15 Rob n/a
1204367 03/21/15 Rob initial add
1204597 04/29/15 Rob minor edit