This is a fine 'canoe tripping' run. Permission is required from Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Run requires an 8 mile paddle out to Elm Hoist Road on Bad River.
USGS lists a sampling site at Government Road with drainage area of 195 square miles.
*This is a virtual gauge. The only currently active USGS gauge on this watershed is well downstream on the Bad River, thus is not completely reliable for water levels in this reach. Specifically (obviously) this reach will flow sooner than the downstream gauge rises to a level which results in the virtual gauge showing as 'boatable'. Similarly, this reach will fall to unboatable levels well before the downstream gauge falls enough to flag this reach as unboatable.
Visual inspection is recommended.
The listed "recommended minimum" is based off of the '10% flow' (which tends to be a good starting point to approximate the runnability of many 'upper Midwest' whitewater streams). The listed "recommended maximum" is a 'guesstimation' based solely upon streams of similar sized and character. As such, both of these values are highly tentative. We encourage anyone who has run this river, and who can provide info ('data points') on gauge readings versus runnability, to do so. (Please use the "Comments" tab, "Add a comment" button.)
Permits are not required for this reach.
Permission must be secured from Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
Run includes 8 miles of flatwater on the Bad River to get to Elm Hoist Road.
Section statistics and shuttle below DO NOT reflect that fact.
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