Montreal - B) Nylund Road to Saxon Falls Dam (17.9 miles)


Montreal, Michigan, US/Wisconsin, US

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B) Nylund Road to Saxon Falls Dam (17.9 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 17.9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 12 fpm
Max Gradient 31 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
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.


River Description

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.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-03-10 21:16:04

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0General Comment:N/A
0.5Confluence, Welch CreekN/A
0.7Braided ChannelN/A
1.6USGS siteN/A
1.8Confluence, Spring CreekN/A
3.5Hwy.2 Alternate Put-inN/A
4.5Confluence, W.Fk.N/A
9.1Possible egressN/A
10.7Confluence, Boomer CreekN/A
10.9Confluence, Mud CreekN/A

Rapid Descriptions

General Comment: (Class 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.



Confluence, Welch Creek (Class N/A, Mile 0.5)

A fairly decent-sized tributary enters from river-right, and the Montreal takes a bend to the left.



Braided Channel (Class N/A, Mile 0.7)

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 site (Class N/A, Mile 1.6)

USGS lists a site with drainage of 80.6 square miles at this point.



Confluence, Spring Creek (Class N/A, Mile 1.8)

Spring Creek enters from river-right, and again, the Montreal takes a swing to the left



Hwy.2 Alternate Put-in (Class N/A, Mile 3.5)

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.



Confluence, W.Fk. (Class N/A, Mile 4.5)

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.



Possible egress (Class N/A, Mile 9.1)

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.)



Confluence, Boomer Creek (Class N/A, Mile 10.7)

Boomer Creek enters from river-left.



Confluence, Mud Creek (Class N/A, Mile 10.9)

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.




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