Menominee, Michigan, US/Wisconsin, US
B) Quiver Falls (0.3 miles)
||II-III (varies with level)
Quiver Falls Play Hole
Quiver Falls Play HolePhoto of Quiver Falls Play Hole by Don Lofholm taken 06/04/04 @ ~5,000 cfs
MENOMINEE RIVER BELOW PEMENE CREEK NEAR PEMBINE,WI
1500 - 5000 cfs
Outrageously high. Gauge (3,140 sq.mi. drainage) lies 6.75 miles downstream. One decent trib (Peme bon won) intervenes. Gauge should still accurately reflect flows at playspot.
In summer, 2012, the areas surrounding Piers Gorge, Quiver Falls, and Pemene Falls were
incorporated into a State Recreation Area cooperatively operated by Michigan DNR and Wisconsin
DNR. As a result, parking and access for each of these areas now requires either a daily or
annual State Park sticker. Additional information is available at: WI DNR
From the put in you will encounter a large island that splits the river into basically two
1) River-left channel
This route begins with a (minor) ledge which has a large eddy on river-left just and offers some
stern squriting and possible tame surfs. A small rock-island splits the main drop downstream. To
the left of this island lies a short boof-drop, followed by a shallow hole (Woodchoke
Hole). A friend of mine got window-shaded and broke his helmet when it struck a rock.
Another kayaker was flipped, and had a rock punch completely through his outer ear. Fourteen
stitches later, his ear looked more like a baseball than an ear. In the last year there have been
reports of several other lacerations in this hole. So, consider yourself warned if you choose to
The river-right side of this small rock-island has a more interesting twisted lead-in before it
spills across a short (about 18-inch) ledge. Numerous rocks (just below the surface in the pool)
severly limit the play potential here as well.
Just downstream, the main large island ends, and you will paddle across the right channel to
beach and carry back to your vehicle (or to re-run the reach).
2) River-right channel
This side of the island is pretty much a continuous boulder-bed type drop which can develop
decent size waves and a few small holes. Some features may offer some play opportunities, but
most will be 'surf-on-the-fly' (all but impossible to regain). Again, take-out on river
right to carry back up.
Note: This area is part of a preserve. In the past campers have left much litter on the mainland.
To help reduce this they eliminated camping on the mainland, but you can park there overnight and
camp on the island. (There are signs on the island explaining the situation.) Also, in summer
this is a popular place for tubing. Many people take their tubes through the river-right channel,
where they usually string up a river-wide rope (about neck high for a kayaker) across the bottom
of the river-right channel. So heads up! (or down, or whatever.)
From South on US141: Follow US141 to CR.R just North of Pembine. Head East on
CR.R until you come to a fork in the road near a set of railroad tracks. There will be a sign on
the tracks that says Kremlin. One fork (the main road) curves to the left, while the other heads
towards and over the tracks before curving to the left. It follows the tracks for a few hundred
yards before curving back to the right, where it shortly comes down to the river.
From Piers Gorge: Turn Right onto Hwy 8 from Piers Gorge Road and follow Hwy 8
across the Menominee River. Turn left on the first road you come to after crossing the Menominee.
This road is called 'Old Hwy 8'. Follow this road for 11 miles and you will come to the
railroad tracks near the same fork in the road described above. Bear left to cross the tracks,
and follow the directions described above.
Put-in/Take-Out : The put in is located at the end of the dirt road. There is a
small turn around here. The road is about 15-20' above the river here and in the winter, seal
launches are very fun. For the take-out, there is a parking area right where the dirt road first
comes down to the river. From this parking area there is about a 1/4 mile long trail that takes
you down to a small beach at the end of the rapids.
Menominee, Piers Gorge
Menominee at Pemene
Sturgeon at Sturgeon Dam
Paint, Horserace Rapids
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Last Updated: 2015-11-11 17:44:57