This photo needs editing.
Difficulty IV-V
Length 0.75 Miles
Gauge STURGEON RIVER NEAR SIDNAW, MI
Flow Range 250 - 600 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 month ago 110 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/20/2015 4:09 pm

River Description


Put-in is via a roadside park on Hwy.41.

Take-out is after Upper Falls (the final drop as you leave the canyon). Carry back up.

The gauge provides fairly accurate read of runnable flows.

Rapid Descriptions

Helmet Cam Footage

Class - N/A Mile - 0
Rapid Thumbnail Missing

This video gives a pretty fair helment-cam sampling of the run at a very fine runnable flow.

Warm-up Waves

Class - II+ Mile - 0.2
Rapid Thumbnail Missing

Action starts pretty mild (from put-in next to the Hwy.41 bridge). As you round a left-hand bend, things quickly build, with a couple fairly aggressive (at good flows) waves and holes. Some could be nearly full-out freesyle havens, but for what lies so near downstream.

Canyon Falls

Class - IV Mile - 0.37

For those with the skills and interest, and with the right flows, this is a fairly simple (though impressive-looking) drop, which puts you into the heart of the canyon.

Heart of the Canyon

Class - III+ Mile - 0.44
The heart of the canyon contains a great series of drops, slides, and holes. We will not attempt to detail them here . . . you really need to hike/scout the whole sequence before putting on, to be aware of what you are getting into. Suffice it to say the action can be intense, and is made all the more so by being in a vertical-walled canyon. While it is possible to set safety at various points, it is not always easy to be where you need or would like to be.

Unnamed Falls

Class - IV Mile - 0.6

While this drop (and the boiling pool below) look menacing, people have gone over with no momentum (backwards even!) and been 'spit out' just fine. Pay particular attention to the diagonal wave/hole in the lead-in, as it tends to be more problematic, putting you off your mark for this drop. Strongly recommend diving/driving/punching forward (so as not to present too much body-surface to the hole) so that you punch through rather than have your upright-body stop all momentum through the hole. (Or not!?)

Upper Falls

Class - III+ Mile - 0.68

Generally run to the right on a sweet bedrock slide (with a few interesting diagonal waves and holes thrown in for interest).
Take out immediately after running this and carry back up to your vehicle (or to re-run the reach)!

Comments

Summary of Gauge Readings

Due to constricted nature of the canyon, runnable flows for this reach are fairly narrow window.

Disclaimer: Be aware that indication of a 'runnable' level by the gauge does not necessarily mean that the river is runnable. In winter, gauge readings may be 'ice affected'. Sections of the river may be impassable due to ice. Use discretion for winter and early spring runs.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
STURGEON RIVER NEAR SIDNAW, MI
AW Gauge Info
110 cfs ℹ️ 53d05h49m Gauge (171 sq.mi. drainage) is 11 miles downstream, with a few good sized tribs, so somewhat overstates flow in this reach.
;

Directions Description


The 'shuttle' is via carry-up, so we default the directions to be from your home zip. You may use the text-entry box to input your home address or other starting location to get more specific drive distance, time, and directions to this reach.

;

No Accident Reports

Alerts

News

user-avatar

Matt Muir

user-avatar

Rob