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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 20.4 Miles
Flow Range 300 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 164 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/11/2019 12:49 am

River Description

A relatively long reach with relatively little whitewater, this reach is better suited to canoe tripping. Boulder bed rapids at Upper and Lower Bad River Falls.

Permission required from Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Access uncertain at this time. Snowmobilers have reportedly been fired upon in this area.

Rapid Descriptions

USGS Gauge: 597 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Drainage area 597 square miles.

First Ledge Sequence

Class - N/A Mile - 1.6
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Second Ledge Sequence

Class - N/A Mile - 3.2
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There is a "Falls Road" which nears the river from the East (river-right). If this run is attempted (with permissions from the tribe), it is likely you will wish to take out here to get the two areas of gradient, and minimize the long flatwater which exists downstream.

Drainage: 960 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 20.4
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Drainage area at our listed take-out is approximately 960 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software).


Gage Descriptions

The cited gauge lies right at the put-in for this reach. As a result, the reading will be a very accurate reflection of boatability of this reach. Best levels for boating are uncertain, but due to lack of major rapids, the reach is probably boatable nearly all year.

Gauge/flow analysis (based on most recent 50 years of data)
Drainage area at gauge: 597 sq.mi.
All time minimum flow: 27 cfs
90% of time flow exceeds: 120 cfs
10% of time flow exceeds: 1,360 cfs
All time maximum flow: 22,000 cfs
10/90 ratio: 11.3 ('flashy-ness': under 3 is fairly steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy')
Average runnable days per year: 170

Offseason ('Ice') correlations:
3.00' = 322cfs
3.50' = 537cfs
4.00' = 780cfs
4.55' = 1090cfs
5.30' = 1570cfs
6.60' = 2520cfs
7.00' = 2850cfs
7.19' = 3000cfs

Directions Description

It can be advantageous on many runs (where possible) to meet at the take-out, gear-up, swap boats & boaters into shuttle vehicle(s), leaving 'drop' vehicle(s) at the take-out. This eliminates the need for some (non-driving) boaters to sit idle while shuttle is run, and means driving only one way (upstream) before the run. (Unless you have non-boating/shuttle-only drivers, meeting at the put-in would mean at least some vehicles/drivers have to drive downstream and back up before the group starts down the river. There are times when that 'extra' time could make a difference on the river! Think of it this way: you run the river top-to-bottom, you run the shuttle bottom-to-top.

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192609 05/01/08 n/a n/a
1208685 01/06/18 Rob remove table from gauge description, putting info into simple statement/paragraph form.
1212824 06/11/19 Rob directions to the river