At our listed put-in drainage area is about 118 square miles (per former USGS gauge site). At our listed take-out it is 121 square miles (as calculated by USGS StreamStats 4.0 Beta software). That is an increase of only ~3%.
Make sure to wear some foot protection at the put-in. I saw some dirty needles there last month.
I ran this stretch today at really close to 1500 cfs and it was a lot of fun. There was a big wave train through the dells with a number a catch-on-the-fly surfs. About midway through the dells there is a hole that can slow you down if you are not paying attention. The rapid below the dells had some big surf waves and was easily runnable on the left. Everything was read-and run. 750 is also a good level for play although everything has more definition. All still easily boat-scouted and the bottom rapid is still run left.
* Referenced gauge is on the Prairie River, a relatively similar sized stream, about 7 miles north. It should provide fairly reliable correlation.
(Since it is not on this reach, I am using the 'stage' rather than 'gauge' (cfs) reading.)
Visual guage is the best. I have paddled/hiked with my boat when the gauge was reading "running" and I have paddled it successfully when the gauge was reading too low. See picture for minimum level.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Falk on snow slide
Ned on snow slide
Pine Dells Rapids
Put-in (visual gauge at high level)
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