Ford, Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||II (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||10 fpm|
|Max Gradient||25 fpm|
|FORD RIVER NEAR HYDE, MI|
|usgs-04059500||300 - 5000 cfs||II||02h04m||~ 83.1 cfs (too low)|
|Very likely too low for any real whitewater. Flatwater stretches may be paddled, but gradient will be grungy. Gauge (450 sq.mi. drainage) lies well downstream. Flow in this reach will likely be about 3/4ths that shown by gauge, which will lag rise and fall.|
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).
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||USGS sampling site||N/A|
|9.6||Confluence, Twentyfour Mile Creek||N/A|
USGS lists a sampling site very near our listed put-in for this reach, and shows drainage area of 330 square miles.
A single ledge/wave/hole may offer some play at some flows.
An increase in bedrock presence (especially to river-right) may cause interesting waves to develop in this stretch at some flows.
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!
While relatively small, Twentyfour Mile Creek is one of the larger (and few named) tribs to enter the river.
Another significant (for this river) ledge/wave/hole may offer play at some flows. Expect some (much lesser) waves downstream.