Difficulty I-II
Length 0.5 Miles
Flow Range 150 - 450 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 158 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 8:22 am

River Description

(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."

Rapid Descriptions


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Rich Guilbault
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 120 cfs its a boney scrape across a couple sections. Levels of 150-200 cfs are preferable.

Directions Description

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1193588 04/15/04 n/a n/a
1211745 04/02/19 n/a updated image position