Montreal, Michigan, US/Wisconsin, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||12 fpm|
|Max Gradient||31 fpm|
|Black at Ramsay Approximation|
|virtual-130854||250 - 1000 cfs||I-II||01h28m||~ 70.2 cfs (too low)|
|Likely too low for any real whitewater. May be float-trip (with scrapes at any gradient). Let us know if this gauge correlates, and if this range seems correct Reference (virtual gauge, Black at Ramsay) has similar drainage as this run. Correlation not assured.|
A much less paddled section due to the lack of significant rapids and its being a quite long
reach. This stretch of river is much less spectacular than the lower 'canyon' section,
and contains no large falls like the upper section.
A shorter trip is possible (and advised for low-water runs) using the West Fork take-out on Hwy.2 as the put-in. Our put-in at Nylund Road (A.K.A. Town Road 0028, and formerly labeled here as Erickson Road, though I can find no online reference to anything by that name) is mostly for continuity with the upper section. Virtually throughout this reach, you'll find low-grade, read-and-run rapids, interspersing flat/flowing water.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.5||Confluence, Welch Creek||N/A|
|1.8||Confluence, Spring Creek||N/A|
|3.5||Hwy.2 Alternate Put-in||N/A|
|10.7||Confluence, Boomer Creek||N/A|
|10.9||Confluence, Mud Creek||N/A|
Given that there are no particular rapids which stand out (everything is low-grade, read-and-run), the 'rapids'/features list below is really more just a 'waypoints' list, mostly of the various tributaries, since there is little else to mark your progress downriver.
A fairly decent-sized tributary enters from river-right, and the Montreal takes a bend to the left.
A series of islands split the river into somewhat braided channels. Do your best to stick with the main flow, but be on the alert for increased chances of deadfall and strainers.
USGS lists a site with drainage of 80.6 square miles at this point.
Spring Creek enters from river-right, and again, the Montreal takes a swing to the left
As mentioned, for a shorter trip, or a low-water trip, it may be advisable to use this as alternate access. You will paddle nearly a mile of the West Fork to the confluence, coming in at mile 4.5 . . . which thus cuts 3.5 miles off the trip total.
At the 'bottom' of a big "U" turn (South, turning back North), from river-left, the West Fork Montreal enters. (Also virtually at the same location is a minor tributary, Flood Creek.
A single-track (trail) is marked on topo maps, and visible on aerial views, coming very close to the river at this point. If it is not posted against trespass and not gated, it may be possible to cut off the remainder of the run to the dam) which is nearly all low gradient and flatwater. (Highly recommended to walk down to river to mark or be able to identify this location as it won't be obvious from the river.)
Boomer Creek enters from river-left.
A HUGE island is encountered. Main flow goes to the left, as Mud Creek enters from river-right (amidst a multitude of low islands). Downstream, the gradient is gone, as the river enters a series of broad sweeping meanders.