Ford - B) Cedardale 28th Rd to 21st Rd (13.8 miles)


Ford, Michigan, US

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B) Cedardale 28th Rd to 21st Rd (13.8 miles)

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 13.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 10 fpm
Max Gradient 25 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
FORD RIVER NEAR HYDE, MI
usgs-04059500 300 - 5000 cfs II 02h11m ~ 349 cfs (running)
Likely low boatable. We need your input! Help out your fellow boaters with a comment or report about best flows for whitewater here. 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.


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).


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-04-29 23:35:30

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0USGS sampling siteN/A
2.1Ledge/wave/holeII
3.3Bedrock constrictionN/A
6.8Ford LedgeII
9.6Confluence, Twentyfour Mile CreekN/A
11.2Ledge/wave/holeII

Rapid Descriptions

USGS sampling site (Class N/A)

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)

A single ledge/wave/hole may offer some play at some flows.



Bedrock constriction (Class N/A, Mile 3.3)

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 6.8)

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 9.6)

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 11.2)

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




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