Presque Isle, Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||115 fpm|
|Max Gradient||123 fpm|
|Presque at S.Boundary Road|
|virtual-156140||400 - 1000 cfs||IV-V||01h13m||~ 633.679 cfs (running)|
|Possibly moderate flows? 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.|
|BLACK RIVER NEAR BESSEMER, MI|
|usgs-04031000||3.00 - 7.00 ft||IV-V||00h41m||~ 4.39 ft (running)|
|Likely moderate flows. 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.|
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
The following video gives a good view of the drops short run:
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.9||Swinging Bridge (Zoom Flume)||IV|
USGS lists a site here with drainage area of 358 square miles.
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).
A bigger series of short ledge drops.
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.
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.