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Difficulty I-II
Length 1 Miles
Gauge CHIPPEWA RIVER AT BISHOPS BRIDGE NEAR WINTER, WI
Flow Range 864 - 2064 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago ~ 1220 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/08/2020 5:13 pm

River Description


Class II Belille Falls is marked on maps as being in the natural river channel below Arpin Dam, and before the powerplant returns its water to the river.

We have no first-hand information regarding the remainder of the reach as listed here. Doing a 'virtual walk' (using online aerial views) downstream from the powerhouse, there are absolutely no obvious areas of rapids or shoals in the rest of this listed run. Thus, whitewater boaters are likely to be interested only in the (just less than) 1-mile stretch from the dam(s) to the powerhouse.

Anyone with more knowledge as to the merits of Belille Falls (rapids) and/or the rest of this reach is encouraged to help your fellow boaters using the "Comments" input box (which should appear below for all registered, logged-in users).

IMPORTANT NOTE!
It would appear that there are actually three sets of releasable gates from the Radisson Flowage (plus the intake canal for the hydroplant). When river flow exceeds hydroplant capacity, water will be released from the dam. However, depending upon how much needs to be released, it seems plausible that not all gates in all three releasable locations might be open.

This could affect your put-in location! Our coordinates will take you to the river-right-most location
To get to the river-left-most location, use coordinates: 45.7596,  -91.2016

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage area: 852 Sq.Mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Drainage area at the dam (as computed by USGS StreamStats V.4.3.11) is 852 square miles.
By our listed take-out at CTH.D, the drainage area is 1170 square miles (about a 37% increase).

Belille Falls

Class - N/A Mile - 0.6
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Far more of a rapids (and a relatively minor one at that!) than a 'falls'.

Hydroplant

Class - N/A Mile - 0.95
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When river flow is within the capacity of the hydroplant, there may be little-to-no flow from any of the release gates up at the Radisson Flowage. As a result, it is entirely likely that Belille Falls would be completely unrunnable.

When the plant is operating at full capacity, considerable flow will be returned to the river at this location, adding to the water in the river from this point downstream.

Couderay River

Class - N/A Mile - 2.13
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Coming in from the right is the Couderay River (adding its drainage area of 184 square miles).

Brunet River

Class - N/A Mile - 9.5
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Coming in from the left, not far from the take-out, is the Brunet River (adding its drainage area of 122 square miles).

Comments

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Robert Earl Gillies
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1 year ago

Low boatable flows @ 465 cfs. Scratchy, butt scootable shoals between deeper channels. Put-in at County Road D, Take-out 8 miles downstream.

Gage Descriptions

Flow is regulated by dam(s).
10% flow is 1400cfs, and has been used as suggested boatable level, in absence of firsthand knowledge of this stretch.

Anyone familiar with this reach is encouraged to add 'comment' to refine this value.

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