Tioga - Hwy.41 Wayside to Old US Hwy.41 (2.7 + 7.8 miles)

Tioga, Michigan, US


Hwy.41 Wayside to Old US Hwy.41 (2.7 + 7.8 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 2.7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 43 fpm
Max Gradient 60 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04040500 1000 - 4000 cfs II-IV 00h41m ~ 136 cfs (too low)
Likely too low for reasonable whitewater run. (We need your input! Add a comment about gauge reading and corresponding runnability/difficulty of this run.) Flow in Tioga *may* be roughly 1/10th the Sturgeon near Sidnaw. Correlation not assured.

River Description

Put-in is from a roadside park on Hwy.41
The main feature on the run is Tioga Falls (about 2 miles downstream).
Take-out is after a L-O-N-G paddle out on the Sturgeon River.
(While our rapids/features list includes waypoints and rapids down this stretch, our gradient statistics cited above are ONLY for the Tioga, and do not include this paddle-out).

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-02-20 18:40:48

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.2USGS sampling siteN/A
0.3Trail BridgeN/APhoto
0.5Begin narrow and twistyN/A
0.8Action increasesN/A
1.2Action eases (flatwater)N/A
2.0Warning shotN/A
2.1Tioga FallsIII+Waterfall
2.2End of Tioga Falls SequenceN/A
2.7Confluence, Tioga/SturgeonN/A
7.9Minor ripsN/A
9.7Begin continuous splishy-splashN/A
10.5Take-out (or continue)N/A

Rapid Descriptions

Foot-bridge (Class N/A, Mile 0.2)

Before putting on, check for clearance under this footbridge, and into/through the Hwy.41 culvert.

USGS sampling site (Class N/A, Mile 0.2)

USGS lists a sampling site at this location citing drainage area as 18.5 square miles.

Trail Bridge (Class N/A, Mile 0.3)


Photo taken 02/18/15

Before putting in, check clearance under this bridge.

It should be noted that many people may mistakenly believe that the minor rapids they see from this bridge in the wayside park are "Tioga Falls". They are not! These are (to the best of our knowledge) just an 'unnamed falls' on the Tioga River, as shown in the photo above, and on the website FishWeb.

Action eases (flatwater) (Class N/A, Mile 1.2)

Action subsides, as the river hits low floodplain and meanders.

Warning shot (Class N/A, Mile 2.0)

The first little bit of rapids after nearly a mile of flatwater signals you have nearly arrived at the main event.

Tioga Falls (Class III+, Mile 2.1)

You'll know you are at Tioga Falls when you see a cabin on the immediate river-right shore. (This cabin is a rental unit! Check it out, with great photos of the REAL falls, at: Home Away Vacation Rental.)

End of Tioga Falls Sequence (Class N/A, Mile 2.2)

Online maps appear to show a truck-trail not far from the river down here. If it is not gated or posted against trespass, it may be possible to set a shuttle down to this point to forestall having to do the long paddle out on the Sturgeon.

Confluence, Tioga/Sturgeon (Class N/A, Mile 2.7)

(NOTE: below Tioga Falls, the river hits an area of low floodplain, where it meaners through marshy swampland. At runnable flows, it may be possible/likely to cut off various loops of these meanders. As a result, distance listed here and after may be affected.)

Rapids (Class III, Mile 7.3)

After 4.5 miles of dead-flat water, a very welcome (if brief -- 0.2 mile) rapids will be encountered.

Dam/Weir? (Class N/A, Mile 9.2)

A small weir/dam appears to exist at this point. It is likely that (at flows required to run Tioga) this will be a 'non-event', awash in flow with perhaps no sign of its existance. However, in case that assessment is wrong, be alert. It is possible it may (at some flows) create a keeper hydraulic . . . or . . . maybe a playable feature (for those who know the difference).

Take-out (or continue) (Class N/A, Mile 10.5)

The listed take-out is at Old US Hwy.41. However, if you have allowed yourself sufficient time, you may wish to continue to enjoy these light splishy-splash rapids which continue another 1.5 miles to (new) US Hwy.41.

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