Black (Mississippi Trib.) - A) Hwy. 73 (Popple River bridge) to Greenwood Park (5.3 miles)

Black (Mississippi Trib.), Wisconsin, US


A) Hwy. 73 (Popple River bridge) to Greenwood Park (5.3 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II(III) (varies with level)
Length 5.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 10 fpm
Max Gradient 19 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-05381000 1000 - 3000 cfs I-II 00h31m ~ 656 cfs (too low)
Probably too low for good whitewater. Gauge (749 sq.mi. drainage) is 23 miles downstream. Flow at put-in (Popple) may be ~2/9ths that gauge. At confluence, it jumps to just under 7/10ths gauge.

River Description

Rocky rapids in a wide river. (I have not boated this reach. The description is an assumption based on knowledge of other reaches of this river.) First 1.2 miles from the Hwy 73 bridge is on the Popple River and near half of the total drop lies here. Greenwood Park lies off Hwy 73 on the north side of the town of Greenwood.

Ed Vater provides:

I grew up nearby and have run this many times ... this is an excellent spring runoff or "rainy period" trip. There is granite outcrop and large boulders in the rapids, making for a great class II run. In August this is an un-runnable rock garden unless following a large rainfall. There is a wayside park at the Hwy 73 put in and dirt road parking at the Hemlock Bridge take out. Water levels can be easily assesed from either end of the run as there are rapids within sight of each.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-12-04 00:23:00


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Drainage: 166 sq.mi.N/A

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 166 sq.mi. (Class N/A)

Drainage area at our listed put-in (on Poplar Creek) is approximately 166 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software). At the confluence with the Black, the combined drainage is 514 sq.mi., and at the Lone Road / Greenwood Park take-out it has edged up to 524 square miles.

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