Boardman, Michigan, US
6 mi. S. of Traverse City (0.5 mile)
||I-II (varies with level)
Second HolePhoto of Mike by Ryan Storzbach @ 120 cfs
BOARDMAN R ABOVE BROWN BRIDGE ROAD NR MAYFIELD, MI
150 - 450 cfs
Recommended range for best whitewater. Gauge (141 sq.mi. drainage) is a good ways upstream, with a number of substantial tribs downstream, so likely understates actual flow in reach.
(Editted info from "rstorz")
To get to the boardman: From Hwy.37 about 6 miles south of Traverse City, turn east on Beitner
Road. Go about 1.5 miles to a little park with an outhouse.
The take-out is the wooden bridge you come to after a right-hand turn on the river.
"The only sketchy part of the river is near the top where you run a 50 yard section of rapids
and eddy out on the right side due to a nasty strainer on the left. Since the river has been deemed
a "Wild and Scenic River," cutting it out of there is out of the question.
There are two really nice playspots on the river. First, a wave near the top that used to be called
"Stumpys" or the "Stump Wave" due to a large
stump near the right side of the wave. (A recent storm has washed it downriver, although it did not
affect the wave.) About a 100 yards downriver is a nice hole for surfing and spins. It actually
gets pretty pushy when the water is up (170-200cfs or so). In between these waves are small wave
trains and ripples."
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Last Updated: 2004-04-15 12:18:44