Jump, S.Fk. - Little Falls to Big Falls (PnP or 2.7 miles)


Jump, S.Fk., Wisconsin, US

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Little Falls to Big Falls (PnP or 2.7 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-III(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 2.7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 26 fpm
Max Gradient 48 fpm

Hole on the Jump River


Hole on the Jump River
Photo of Ron Mastalski by Mark Mastalski taken 08/15/02

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
JUMP RIVER AT SHELDON, WI
usgs-05362000 600 - 2500 cfs II-III(IV) 01h25m ~ 554 cfs (too low)
Likely too low for reasonable whitewater. (Likely 240-360 cfs at Big Falls.) Gauge (576 sq.mi. drainage) is well downstream. Flow in reach may be 6/10ths (actually 0.5677*) gauge.


River Description

This run is often shortened to just Big Falls (carry-up, carry-out). There is a lot of action in a short reach.

Little Falls is roadside off Big Falls Rd less than a mile east of Cty N.

In addition to photos and videos (under a separate tab), check out the following excellent YouTube video for a lot of "boater's eye" (helmet cam) views of the run:


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-05-08 02:32:54

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-7.5USGS sampling siteN/A
0.0Little FallsII+
0.8CTH.NN/A
2.1Big FallsIII+

Rapid Descriptions

USGS sampling site (Class N/A, Mile -7.5)

USGS lists a sampling site with drainage area of 327 square miles.



Little Falls (Class II+)

Immediately at the listed put-in, with roadside access, this is a 300-yard/0.2mi (+/-) stretch of (likely somewhat technical) class II(III) rapids. There are a few (generally catch-on-the-fly) possible playspots, and a few places which will become rather 'keepy' at flows near 1000-2000 cfs.

Since there is mostly just flat/flowing water between here and Big Falls, folks may wish to just do a PnP (park-and-play) here, carrying up to do laps on this rapids, then drive down to Big Falls for the same down there.



Big Falls (Class III+, Mile 2.1)

Many paddlers may skip doing any shuttle, opting instead to just do Big Falls as a park-and-play, carrying up in the park. Either: (A) Park in the first pull-off, then carry up to the picnic area to put-in and boat down to your vehicle, or (B) Drive past the first small parking pulloff to park by the picnic area, carry in, boat down to the end of the major rapids, then carry back up to your vehicle(s). Either way, you catch all the major action in this 0.25 mile stretch of pretty solid class III-IV technical action. (In fact, when many boaters talk about paddling "the Jump", this is ALL they are referring to, as though there were no other parts of the Jump to consider paddling!)

Those not interested in (or not ready to) take on this quarter-mile (at the flows you have when there) may opt to put in at the tail-end of the serious action (right downslope from the aforementioned small parking area), where they can run 0.4 mile downstream where an island (right-of-center in the flow) marks the end of this fine Class II 'run-out rapids', and then walk (or be lazy and set shuttle) back to their put-in.

By the way . . . any time you are on shore (at either Little Falls or Big Falls), be aware there is plenty of poison ivy around. (KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!!!)




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