Boardman - 6 mi. S. of Traverse City (0.5 mile)

Boardman, Michigan, US


6 mi. S. of Traverse City (0.5 mile)

Usual Difficulty I-II (varies with level)
Length 0.5 Miles

Second Hole

Second Hole
Photo of Mike by Ryan Storzbach @ 120 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04126970 150 - 450 cfs I(II) 00h29m 111 cfs (too low)
Low. ELF (Extreme Low Flow) level. Gauge (141 sq.mi. drainage) is a good ways upstream, with a number of substantial tribs downstream, so likely understates actual flow in reach.

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."

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-04-15 12:18:44

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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January 20 2013 (2154 days ago)
Rich GuilbaultDetails
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.

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