Difficulty IV-V
Length 1.4 Miles
Flow Range 4.00 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 23 minutes ago ~ 4.59 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/01/2019 10:09 pm

River Description

The N.Br.Pemebonwon is a short run (or pair of 'quick hits') that may serve well as a 'chaser' to a day of paddling since it has such easy access. Both access points are located within Marinette County Parks off of Morgan Park Rd east of Hwy 141/8 near Pembine (follow Park Service signs). There is a nominal parking fee. Long Slide and Smalley Falls are both worth a look even if you don't intend to run the falls or paddle this reach.

A trail from the parking area at Smalley Falls County Park leads you above or below the drop depending upon your skills, interest, and prevailing water level. Smalley consists of a fast approach, boulderbed and small ledge, to a complicated drop into a narrow chute. Total drop through the Smalley sequence is about 20'-25'. There are several small boulderbed rapids below this point and then a bit of moving flat-water before Long Slide Falls. Most boaters will be well advised to take-out above this drop (when it looks like the end of the world ahead) and carry to the parking area.

While the name 'Long Slide' may conjure up visions of fun, the actual drop is anything but. The drop is not a slide at all but a steep constricted bouldery cascade of 40'- 45' that often has chunks of wood lodged in it. There have been rumours of a run years back, and a more recent substantiated run (which, as I understand it, was 'not pretty'). Potential consequences of a mistake here are very high.

There are minor rapids, riffles and rips downstream, and a couple possible access points, but in general very little to recommend much additional paddling downstream.

This may pair well with its sister reach on the S.Br.Pemebonwon located several miles south.

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 41 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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(Based on personal measurement via online planimeter and topomaps.)

Smalley Falls

Class - IV+ Mile - 0

A narrow, steep chute, with plenty of rocky pitches.

Long Slide Falls

Class - V Mile - 1.2

A short drop into a narrow channel, then an even narrower squeeze where the river pours down a falls (with a trip-rock/piton-rock in the early face of the drop) into a brief pool (with rock) before a steep slide into a bony exit as the water spreads across more bedrock.

It has been run a few times, but it is exceedingly difficult to really 'style' it.


Gage Descriptions

Gauge shown for the nearby Pike River should provide a fair indicator of runnability. Visual inspection at Smalley Falls for confirmation.

Directions Description

Most likely done as a hike-in from the two different parking areas (in a county park) to either look at or run.

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Matt Muir




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