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Difficulty I-II at this flow (I-II(III) normally)
Length 5.3 Miles
Gauge BLACK RIVER AT NEILLSVILLE, WI
Flow Range 1000 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago ~ 196 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/04/2017 12:23 am

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.

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 166 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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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 square miles whereas drainage at the gauge is 749 square miles, thus (on average) one might anticipate flows here to be about 2/3rds the gauge reading.

At the Lone Road / Greenwood Park take-out drainage area has edged up to 524 square miles.

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Ed Vater
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14 years ago

Hemlock Bridge is half way down the run to Greenwood, where there is a good county campground (Greenwood Park). This campground makes a great base if you want to spend a weekend making several of the runs.

Gage Descriptions

Gauge is 20 miles downstream from put-in. Various intervening tributaries contribute to the flow. Nevertheless, this gauge should provide reasonable indication of runnability.
I have no awareness of optimum boatable levels at present. "Minimum" used here is completely unverified guess.
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