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Difficulty I-II
Length 6.06 Miles
Gauge MIDDLE BRANCH ONTONAGON RIVER NEAR PAULDING, MI
Flow Range 250 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago ~ 201 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/08/2020 12:49 pm

River Description


Ever been to Bond Falls and walked all along the river above the main drop? Did you look closely to see all the short cement 'spreader dams'? (My term for them.) Even when there is fairly substantial flow coming into Bond Flowage, there tends to be only a fairly minimal amount of flow released down the historic river channel ... just enough for tourists to enjoy the falls. Without the 'spreaders', such low flows would course much differently, and much more of the falls would be dry.

So ... where does the rest of the available water in Bond Flowage go? Water from Bond Flowage is diverted via a short canal into Roselawn Creek, flowing into Bluff Creek, and then (miles and mile later) into the W.Br.Ontonagon to provide more water for the Victoria Falls Hydro plant!

(NOTE: This is much like the Paint River above Horserace Rapids, which is diverted via a canal over to Peavy Pond on the Michigamme River, to provide more available water for a hydro plant there.)

So, this relatively small U.P. creek will have water when nearly everything else is too low to boat. (At least some representations have suggested that this is "always boatable"!)

Unfortunately, the gradient is not big, and there do not appear to be any notable drops (at least, not visible on aerial views).

So ... We've heard there are folks who have paddled this ... Anybody got any details? Worth doing? Any rapids worth naming? Help your fellow boaters by adding a comment below!

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Shorter trips are possible. A longer trip (continuing beyond listed takeout) is not advised, as gradient peters out SIGNIFICANTLY not far beyond Choate Road, and does not increase until well-downstream of M28.

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1215632 07/27/20 Rob n/a
1215633 07/27/20 Rob updated stats
1215634 07/27/20 Rob updated description
1215636 07/27/20 Rob updated description
1215635 07/27/20 Rob directions to the river
1215704 08/08/20 Rob updated description