Chocolay, Michigan, US
Hwy.41 to Cty Road BH (Green Garden Rd) (5.7 miles)
||I-II(III) (for normal flows)
CHOCOLAY RIVER AT GREEN BAY STREET AT HARVEY, MI
200 - 1000 cfs
Possibly low-boatable? Gauge is new (fall, 2014). We need your input to define/refine ranges and description at various flows. Gauge (unlisted drainage area) is well downstream, after many tributaries enter, thus will overstate flows.
There are no 'big' drops on this reach. Most drops are boat-scoutable at normal levels except for
areas of constriction due to wood. The rapids consist of a series of ledges creating waves and
As the river starts to pick up the pace, one will encounter more waves until you reach a series
of ledges with a house on river left. There are numerous places to play but no eddies. As one
passes the house, there is another river wide hole that can be quite sticky and should not be
taken lightly (Class III). It can be punched anywhere but will require you to paddle out of it.
It also might offer some play.
From here the river will bend right and you will encounter much wood. It is best to scout this
because the line through will not be obvious. From here on the river starts to mellow out. There
will be some more standing waves and then it will eventually become flatwater. It is about a half
mile flawater paddle to the take out at Green Garden Road.
Rescues are difficult because of the lack of eddies and there are two nasty holes that deserve a
Class II+/III rating. A significantly obstructed channel (due to wood) after the main rapids
makes it deserve a class III rating at high water due to the potential for serious mishap. The
wood obstruction makes rescues difficult if a boater should swim in the main rapids near the
house. Get swimmers and their gear to shore quickly. Lower water levels will likely be boney
because the river is quite shallow in places even at high water/flood stage.
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Last Updated: 2009-04-20 20:16:39