Montreal, Michigan, US/Wisconsin, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||54 fpm|
|Max Gradient||107 fpm|
Extremely scenic play run. It's hard to believe you are in the Midwest when you are in the
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,
Lower Brunsweiler, and
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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 lists a site with drainage area 264 square miles.
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.