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Difficulty II-IV
Length 2.7 Miles
Gauge ~ STURGEON RIVER NEAR SIDNAW, MI
Flow Range 1000 - 4000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 month ago 110 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/20/2015 6:40 pm

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).

Rapid Descriptions

Foot-bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 0.2
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Before putting on, check for clearance under this footbridge, and into/through the Hwy.41 culvert.

USGS sampling site

Class - N/A Mile - 0.22
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USGS lists a sampling site at this location citing drainage area as 18.5 square miles.

Trail Bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 0.25

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.

Begin narrow and twisty

Class - N/A Mile - 0.5
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Action increases

Class - N/A Mile - 0.75
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Action eases (flatwater)

Class - N/A Mile - 1.16
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Action subsides, as the river hits low floodplain and meanders.

Warning shot

Class - N/A Mile - 2
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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
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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 - 2.22
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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 - 2.72
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(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 - 7.28
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After 4.5 miles of dead-flat water, a very welcome (if brief -- 0.2 mile) rapids will be encountered.

Minor rips

Class - N/A Mile - 7.93
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Dam/Weir?

Class - N/A Mile - 9.24
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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).

Begin continuous splishy-splash

Class - N/A Mile - 9.69
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Take-out (or continue)

Class - N/A Mile - 10.45
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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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Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
STURGEON RIVER NEAR SIDNAW, MI
AW Gauge Info
110 cfs ℹ️ 48d12h45m Flow in Tioga *may* be roughly 1/10th the Sturgeon near Sidnaw. Correlation not assured.
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