Montreal - C) Montreal Canyon: below Saxon Falls to Hwy. 122 (3.1 miles)

Montreal, Michigan, US/Wisconsin, US


C) Montreal Canyon: below Saxon Falls to Hwy. 122 (3.1 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Avg. Gradient 54 fpm
Max Gradient 107 fpm

The stairs to the put in

The stairs to the put in
Photo of Bryan Foster by Stacy Foster taken 05/02/09 @ 500cfs

River Description

Extremely scenic play run. It's hard to believe you are in the Midwest when you are in the canyon.
Put-in is down a steep set of 138 stairs.

At the put-in, you will look upstream at Saxon Falls. Depending upon the flow, you will see one, two, or three 'fingers' of falls dropping over a massive rocky precipice.

Note: Saxon Falls first known descent took place on April 23rd, 2007 by Tao Berman, Josh Bechtel and Eric Boomer.

After taking out at Hwy.122, boaters may find it interesting to look at the rapids and falls downstream, including the final plunge, Superior Falls. Tao Berman made the first known descent of this falls (aptly for an episode of "Stunt Junkies"), dropping into the river above the falls out of a helicopter "to prove it could be done" (and because Tao and his crew can).


AW members may click here for Part 2 of an article from the AW Journal, way back in 1981!
(AW members may also click here for Part 1 of the article).

In addition to this reach, the article also describes the following:
Upper Presque Isle,
Lower Presque Isle,
Middle Black,
Lower Black,
Upper Silver,
Lower Silver,
Falls, and
and Wisconsin's
Lower Brunsweiler, and
Montreal, W.Fk..

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-04-08 03:04:25

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-0.2Saxon FallsN/AWaterfall Photo
0.0USGS siteN/A
3.5Superior FallsWaterfall

Rapid Descriptions

Saxon Falls (Class N/A, Mile -0.2)

Saxon Falls

Saxon Falls
Photo of Saxon Falls by Brendan Hammond taken 08/02/10 @ 868 cfs

This is upstream of the listed put-in. Once you descend the long steep staircase to the river, you can look upstream to see this awesome falls. However, you will not be seing it from this perspective. (Photo is from a high angle on the opposite shore.)

USGS site (Class N/A)

USGS lists a site with drainage area 264 square miles.

Superior Falls

This lies downstream of the listed take-out (after Hwy.122). There is a dam and a stretch of rapids and falls leading down to the final plunge, which is dewatered much of the year by the hydro facility at this site.

User Comments

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October 4 2005 (4856 days ago)
John WilsonDetails
I ran this river twice with only one finger of the falls above the put in(around 200cfs). Very
boney for someone who is 200lbs and above. My son at a soaking wet 145lbs had no problems.I have
been told ideal is around 400cfs. Absolutly one of the best runs. Bring your camera. You will not
believe you are on the Wisconsin-Michigan border. 200ft plus cliffs and Bald eagles. The put-in is
very unique. 138 metal steps to the river around the chain link fence.