Montreal, Michigan, US/Wisconsin, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV(V) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||73 fpm|
|Max Gradient||136 fpm|
|Black at Ramsay Approximation|
|virtual-130854||200 - 800 cfs||II-IV(V)||02h16m||~ 154.44 cfs (too low)|
|Most likely too low. Possible E.L.F. (Extreme Low Flow). Let us know if this gauge correlates, and if this range seems correct. Drainage for this reach is similar to Black at Ramsay (and not far distant), so virtual gauge there *may* provide some relevance here. Correlation not assured.|
Our preferred put-in is at the Wisconsin Welcome Center, just upstream (South) of Hwy 2.
(It's great to have heated changing rooms!)
On river, after about a mile of flatwater access, you'll find two significant falls. Peterson Falls (IV) is a rocky slide. Interstate Falls (V) (25') is runnable, but usually portaged. Between them is fairly continuous with few eddies. It is easy to pass the 'point of no return' above Interstate Falls, which has a tricky approach and (across much of its width) lands on shallow or exposed rock. Downstream of the falls, after a brief pause, you'll find nearly continuous rapids (possibly with many strainers) nearly all the way to the take-out.
Take-out is Nylund Road (A.K.A. Town Road 0028). (This was formerly labeled as Erickson Road, but I find no online indications of that name at present.)
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
After nearly a mile of flatwater, you begin to encounter mild rocky rips. This is a sign that Peterson Falls lies just downstream.
At 1.4 miles, an island is encountered. Immediately at the end of this island lies the run-up to Interstate Falls. There is a house river-right at the falls -- please respect private property.