Location: EastCentral Wisconsin, ~4 miles WNW from Suamico, ~10 miles NNW from Green Bay.
Character: Mostly flat/flowing water, interrupted by occasional shoals, swiftwater, and minor rapids, with one notable brief bedrock drop.
Shuttle Length/DriveTIme: 4.1 miles/7 minutes. (See details in "Directions" Tab.)
Put-in elevation is approximately 635'.
Take-out elevation is approximately 585'.
Thus total elevation change is approximately 50'.
Drainage area at our listed put-in is approximately 52.2 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software). By our listed take-out, it has increased to 66.5 square miles (27% increase).
The listed 'full run' is primarily for recreational paddlers looking for a longer stretch of river. Those looking for whitewater will likely just do the initial half-mile (or less) where the swiftest water is found. Midway along this early portion there is a brief bedrock intrusion which can form a very interesting wave. There is a gravelled pull-off immediately adjacent which allows scouting or PnP (Park and Play) at this spot, if so desired. This is certainly unlikely to be a major destination choice for many paddlers, but can provide some interesting diversion for those in the Green Bay area.
We will note that in addition to the initial roughly 0.5-1.0 mile of this run, there will be numerous other areas of shoals, swiftwater, and light rapids punctuating the flat/flowing water to our listed full-run take-out. It should also be noted that there appears to be areas of fairly decent gradient up to about 1.6 miles upstream of our listed put-in. Unfortunately, the next public access available is ~6.3 river-miles upstream of our listed put-in. If one were willing to knock on a door and find a home/land-owner present, and get permission to park and access the river from private property, it may be possible to cut off some of that mileage to explore some of this upper gradient. (It is unclear from aerial views whether there are any significant features or if the river manages to lose this gradient without encountering any rock/bedrock, and thus without true rapids.Special Note: The real HUC for this reach should be 04030204. It has been 'faked' below to allow this reach to 'sort' (when listing is pulled up 'by drainage') into the "Southwestern Lake Michigan" rivers, rather than the already bloated list of "Northwestern Lake Michigan" rivers. If this somehow causes problems for anyone using this listing, please send a message to the Regional StreamTeam Leader (which can be done via the "Add a Comment" button which should appear at the bottom of this page for all registered, logged-on users).
If one desires a longer trip, and to have a chance to explore the ~1.6 miles of steepest gradient apparent on this river, this would be the next available access point. Much of the distance will be broad meandering stream, likely with decent current, but only random minor riffles until that final ~1.6 miles leading into the first mile of our listed section.
Very near the intersection of School Lane and Pine Lane, with a small gravelled area adjacent, a bedrock intrusion creates an anomoly in this otherwise relatively flatwater/swiftwater river. At some flows, there may be some play possible here.
This sports bar and grill (on river-left) has a footbridge across the river to a ball diamond (on the river-right). With appropriate permission obtained (and likely with patronage for post-boating food and/or beverage), you may be able to park here, use restrooms, and facilitate just doing 'laps' on the main action in the first half-mile+ of this run.
Another option for a short trip (with the best of the swiftwater / whitewater) would take-out here. Otherwise, continue to any listed options for a longer outing.
(No access, just a way-point.)
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