Pilgrim - Elsie Road to Hwy.41 (9.5 miles)

Pilgrim, Michigan, US


Elsie Road to Hwy.41 (9.5 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 9.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm
Max Gradient 100 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04043016 125 - 600 cfs II-IV 83d02h41m 45.1 cfs (too low)
Almost certainly too low for anything but boat abuse. Gauge (unlisted drainage area, new, and may be very short-term) is at Paradise Road, on this listed reach, thus very accurately portrays actual flows.

River Description

Stupid boater tricks? Micro creeking? Fantasy boating? Maybe. Likely in the neighborhood of only 5 square miles (+/-) at listed put-in. Likely a few driveway bridges which may not have adequate passage at boatable flows (if such flows are actually sustained long enough to catch this 'river'. But (at least for a little while) a USGS gauge exists on this little river. Extremely important would be to request permission from a few property owners to have a look at the bridges to check for adequate clearance. Steepest gradient is in first 1.0-1.5 miles. After that, it's 8miles at 20fpm overall. Satellite views (even in those lower-gradient 8 miles) seem to show adequate areas of likely whitewater interest. Shorter trips are possible between each of the road crossings. Listed put-in is actually (apparently) a tributary, though it appears larger than what is marked as the upper portion of the Pilgrim. (That may prove more paddleable due to abscence of bridges, but has much lower gradient and apparently less features.) Extremely likely (being so small) to have issues with deadfall and strainers which will necessitate vigilance and likely portages.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-03-23 17:26:06

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1Driveway Bridge / dropN/AHazard Waterfall
0.3Private footbridgeN/AHazard
1.5Superior StreetN/AAccess
6.4Gauge / Paradise Rd / P102 / HurontoN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Driveway Bridge / drop (Class N/A, Mile 0.1)

Before putting on above, it may be highly important to have a look to check clearance at this bridge, and check the drop immediately below.

Private footbridge (Class N/A, Mile 0.3)

Another private bridge merits concern for clearance at boatable flows.

Confluence (Class N/A, Mile 1.1)

Confluence of the put-in tributary with the (true) Pilgrim River.

Superior Street (Class N/A, Mile 1.5)

Alternate in/out. Upstream averages 82fpm, downstream averages 21 fpm.

Gauge / Paradise Rd / P102 / Huronto (Class N/A, Mile 6.4)

Culvert (not a bridge) at this crossing may merit scouting before putting on anywhere upstream to verify passage.

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