Big Falls provides area boaters a play spot and nice sized drop. The river splits around a small island. River left is pretty much of a sheer drop about 5-6' (practice your 'boof'), while river right is a series of steps and slides which should provide more play possibilities.
Do the full, listed, 1.4 mile run, or just park-and-play at Big Falls. We have no specific info about Little Falls, other than it is just upstream of the bridge on Hwy.K. (Thus, if you put-in right at the bridge, you miss that falls!)
This may provide a fine companion piece for boaters who take advantage of the scheduled releases at Jim Falls on the Chippewa River.
USGS lists a sampling site at CTH.K with drainage area of 709 square miles.
There is a county park each side of the river, with an accesss/parking fee ($3 as of latest information we have). It is a bit of a walk down a good path to the viewing area at the falls.
There is a 3$ fee for access to the falls via the county park. And if it is a nice day, you will have a few observers. I use the south side entrance as it is closer to the falls. You can also ferry across to the right side which has a little more of a technical carry up.
I made a trip up to big falls recently but the water level was very low. Both the left and right side were unrunnable. There is now a large log in the center of the falls on the river left side making it unrunnable. Great little class II-III run if the water is up.
First time running it but it seemed low. River right was a lot of bumpin and scrapin. Fun run though.
NOAA still operates the gauge (Eau Claire R near Fall Creek), and USGS still records peak streamflow at this site. The gauge seems to be at Co Hwy K just upstream of Big Falls.
There is usually adequate flow for some entertainment here.
Gauge/flow analysis based on data from a gauge at Hwy.K near Fall Creek, 1942-10-01 to 1955-09-30
Drainage area at gauge: 760 sq.mi.
Minimum mean daily flow during stated period: 61 cfs (1953.11.10-18+)
90% of time flow exceeds: 106 cfs
10% of time flow exceeds: 1,150 cfs
Maximum mean daily flow during stated period: 15,900 cfs (1955.05.30)
10/90 ratio ('flashy-ness'): 10.8 (under 3 is fairly steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy')
NOAA reports this gauge on the Eau Claire. Unfortunately, we do not currently have a way to poll that gauge and directly report flows (and thereby be able to 'color code' runnable flows). We can display its graph, which is below.
You can Click Here for tabular data from that gauge.
Note: This tabular listing reports "Kcfs", that it, thousands of cfs. Thus, for example, a reading of 0.365kcfs would be 365 cfs.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
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Big falls at low flow
Stacy on Big Falls
Eau Claire River-Right Side of Island
left of island at Big Falls
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