Black, Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||I(II) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||15 fpm|
|Max Gradient||26 fpm|
|Black at Ramsay Approximation|
|virtual-130854||200 - 1200 cfs||I(II)||01h36m||~ 111.15 cfs (too low)|
|Likely low, possible ELF (Extreme Low Flow) run. We need your input! Add a comment about gauge reading and your impression of boatability and difficulty. Virtual gauge approximates flow at Ramsay based on relative drainage area as .39*Black near Bessemer. Correlation not assured.|
|BLACK RIVER NEAR BESSEMER, MI|
|usgs-04031000||300 - 2000 cfs||I(II)||01h34m||~ 285 cfs (too low)|
Location: 6.5 miles ESE of Ironwood/Hurley.
Shuttle Length: 7.8 miles. (See details in "Directions" Tab.)
Character: Quiet northwoods float, punctuated by a class II drop and maybe a few light rapids.
Put-in is approximately 1475' elevation.
Take-out is approximately 1384' elevation.
Thus total elevation change is approximately 92'.
This reach is mostly a backcountry float, consisting of (very few) class I and II rockbed rapids interspersed with moving and quietwater. Granite Falls, a class II rapid, is the biggest drop. Access at this point is possible for a shorter trip if so desired. This knocks off 1.87 miles. (Coordinates: 46.4353N, 90.0321W)
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|5.9||Possible slight wave/hole||N/A|
|6.3||USGS sampling site||N/A|
From the put-in, you'll encounter numerous swifts and shoals, riffles and rips, but likely nothing that rises to a true rapids. As a home and trimmed yard comes into view river-left, you will likely hear the welcome sound of rushing water and a bit of a horizon line.
This is the most significant drop on this stretch of the river, generally class II, perhaps pushing higher at high flows..
Some boaters may wish to forego the upper put-in, and opt to just put in here, or perhaps just work this as a park-and-play.
After Granite Falls, things return to the same flatwater, riffles and rips as before.
After a sharp right-hand bend, you'll encounter rocky outcroppings on river left. At some (elevated) flows, this area may have some interesting waves.
Downstream of this powerline crossing, you'll find a slight increase in shoals, riffles, and rips. (Still likely no real rapids.)
At this powerline you are entering the town of Ramsay.
USGS lists a sampling site just downstream of our listed take-out, showing drainage area at that point of 78 square miles.