Yellow Dog, Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III(V+) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||55 fpm|
|Max Gradient||73 fpm|
|YELLOW DOG RIVER NEAR BIG BAY, MI|
|usgs-04043275||90 - 400 cfs||II-III(V+)||1y208d13h08m||80 cfs (too low)|
|Possible ELF (Extreme Low Flow) scrape run. Gauge (31.8 sq.mi. drainage) is at the put-in for this reach, thus very accurately portrays flow.|
From the listed put-in, boaters will likely encounter areas of swiftwater often flowing through
overhanging alder. (While there are no major (or barely even significant) rapids here, high water
may make passage through overhanging brush that much more problematic!) Pinnacle Falls, a big
drop and portage for most sane individuals, is 2 miles into this section. While there are plenty
of areas of minor rapids, there are relatively few memorable rapids, making this is a reach which
is seldom boated.
It might also be noted that, while maps may show a 'Wylie Falls' about a mile upstream of our recommended put-in, all reports are that it is little more than a beaver dam and minor rapids, not worth the bother to find or boat.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
This is (reportedly) little more than a beaver dam or small ledge, and may not be worth the effort (nor the extra backroads shuttle and flatwater which intervenes). On the other hand, if you happen to find the roads passable to get up river this far (depending on your vehicle and time of year), why not go for it!?!
A steep and jumbled falls will be a portage for the vast majority of boaters at virtually all water levels.
A low-water, summer hike-in video (via YouTube) shows how steep and jumbled the bedrock is. (NOTE: This has been 'cued' to start at 0:15 seconds into the video. If you restart at the beginning, there is a brief look at "Hills Falls", the first drop of the lower section of the Yellow Dog River.)