Presque Isle - D) 'Bottom Presque': South Boundary Rd to Lake Superior (1.1 miles)

Presque Isle, Michigan, US


D) 'Bottom Presque': South Boundary Rd to Lake Superior (1.1 miles)

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Avg. Gradient 115 fpm
Max Gradient 123 fpm

Manabezho Falls

Manabezho Falls
Photo by Rob Smage

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Presque at S.Boundary Road
virtual-156140 400 - 1000 cfs IV-V 00h27m ~ 0 cfs (too low)
Likely too low for any reasonable run. We need your input to fine-tune boatable flows. Please add a comment or report to help your fellow boaters! Virtual gauge estimates flow at S.Boundary Road based on relative drainages (358 sq.mi. at S.Bndry, 261 sq.mi. at Tula gauge). Correlation not assured.
usgs-04031000 3.00 - 7.00 ft IV-V 00h55m ~ 2.33 ft (too low)
Almost certainly too low. Help your fellow boaters! We need input to fine-tune boatable levels. Add a comment or report! Based on relative drainages, flow here may be ~1.8 times the reference gauge (Black River)! Actual flows must be confirmed by on-site inspection.

River Description

This short section contains four big drops: Nawadaha, Manido, Manabezho, and Swinging Bridge (along with a few lesser drops). All can be run by confident, experienced paddlers. All others will enjoy the impressive views (perhaps before or after running some upper reaches of this river).

The following video gives a good view of the drops short run:

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-06-03 00:45:41

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0USGS siteN/A
0.2Nawadaha FallsIVWaterfall Photo
0.6Manido FallsIVWaterfall
0.9Manabezho FallsIVWaterfall Photo
0.9Swinging Bridge (Zoom Flume)IVPhoto

Rapid Descriptions

USGS site (Class N/A)

USGS lists a site here with drainage area of 358 square miles.

Nawadaha Falls (Class IV, Mile 0.2)

Center Line Nawadaha

Center Line Nawadaha
Photo by Ryan Zimny taken 11/08/09

Pick a line that you like! Depending upon where you run this, it may be an easy, sliding drop (far left), a series of short ledge drops (more toward the center), or a big ledge to launch a boof (well to river-right).

Manido Falls (Class IV, Mile 0.6)

A bigger series of short ledge drops.

Manabezho Falls (Class IV, Mile 0.9)

Manabezho Falls

Manabezho Falls
Photo of Chris Clark by Brock Royer @ 7.7'

An impressive wide sheer falls, and a definite 'photo-op' (opportunity for great photo/video). This has reportedly been run quite a number of places across its width, though the most common is fairly well (though not 'tight') to river-left, aiming to launch off a 'point' extending a bit further out (downstream). At most flows, there apparently is sufficient depth to either 'boof' or 'pencil' (according to reports), though at least one boater has suffered a nasty piton resulting in boat and body damage.

Swinging Bridge (Zoom Flume) (Class IV, Mile 0.9)

Looking up from Swinging Bridge on the mighty Presque Isle.

Looking up from Swinging Bridge on the mighty Presque Isle.
Photo by Mark Mastalski taken 09/15/01

Just below Manabezho, will be a series of waves and holes (some of which may be a bit aggressive!) leading toward a LARGE island. By far the majority of the flow heads to the left. (Only at times of quite elevated flows will there be anything more than a trickle or rivulet down the right side.) As the left side heads down to pass under a suspension footbridge, you'll encounter quite a chaotic rush. It is impressive to come here at low flows to see the kettles scoured into the bedrock through this area. (Once you've seen this area 'dry', you'll see how being upside-down or out of your boat through here could be brutal.) As you pass under the footbridge the current slows as you head toward Lake Superior.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
August 11 2010 (3082 days ago)
mcoopdesign (151963)
Matthew Cooper, Patrick Duffy, and Kaz ran this in early August when the Black was running 500 or
so. Patrick found a rock when running the furthest tip of Manabezo and gave his creeker a nasty
nose job when he over rotated trying to pencil in. basically, his bow wentback into the curtain of
water and he landed on his face, so dont do that! Other than that, the Presque is amazing and the
trail that runs along it os equally so!