Difficulty I-II
Length 5.3 Miles
Gauge BOARDMAN RIVER AT BEITNER RD NR TRAVERSE CITY, MI
Flow Range 230 - 550 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 355 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/26/2019 12:59 pm

River Description



The old Keystone rapids are still there, but with much more fast water and new rapids beyond as a result of the dam removals over the past eight years.  Boardman now flows all the way to Boardman Lake unobstructed with an approximate three miles of fast water with a couple more class I/II rapids.

Park and play is still available at Beitner park along with a new official take out at the former Cass road dam site.  

Distances below are approximate, will update with more details and exact distances when possible.

Gauge location has been updated to the Beitner location reflecting a higher CFS average than the old Brown Bridge site.  It's inadvisable to put in higher than Beitner at flows of over 550CFS due to bridge clearance issues.






Rapid Descriptions

Put in

Class - I Mile - 0
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Right off the public put in there is a drop that can act as a play spot during high water, typically it's unplayable.  Park and play when it's rolling.

Stump Wave

Class - I Mile - 0.02
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The first play wave occurs right after you pass through the tubes under Beitner.  Playable at low to medium water levels.

Park and play is easy from either side of Beitner.

Rapid

Class - I Mile - 0.1
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Part of park and play possibilities.  

Rapid, Keystone?

Class - II Mile - 0.9
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The only slightly technical rapid on the river at the beginning of the old Keystone pond.  Large boulders in river center and right make left of center and river left the best lines.  Not playable under most circumstances.  

Cass Rd access

Class - N/A Mile - 2.5
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Access point at the Cass road bridge.  Cuts out the final rapid but avoids the extra flat water on the end.

Sabin Dam Rapid

Class - I Mile - 3.1
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Former Sabin dam site, two easy drop sections with the final section being quite playable at lower water levels.  Flat water from here on out to the old YMCA.

Hoping this becomes a portage/access point up to the Natural Education Center.

Old YMCA Take out

Class - N/A Mile - 5.3
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Just past the tennis court is the new take out.  Early and late season will need to use the take out right before the tennis court.

Comments

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Rich Guilbault
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6 years ago

Not sure what this section looks like after the Brown Bridge Dam breach back in Oct. I was there about an hour after it happened at my brothers, who lives 5min by foot from the dam. It emptied the very large impoundment in 6 hrs. If anyone has paddled after this please post some comments.

Gage Descriptions

At 110 cfs its a boney scrape across a couple sections. Levels of 125-230 cfs are preferable.

A second gauge is located at Beitner road and has more accurate data at the start of the rapids.  It's boney below 240 CFS, but from 275+ it starts getting good.

https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/04127200/



Directions Description


Put in is at Beitner Park, just south of River road on the South/East side of the road.  Flow will go under Beitner to the first rapid/Wave.

Take out options are Cass Road Bridge and the old YMCA off Racquet Club Drive.   

Cass roadtake out gives you two rapids and the majority of the fast water, but leaves off the old Sabin Dam rapid.  The take out at the old YMCA will require another mile of flat water paddling after the final old Sabin Dam rapid.

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