Chippewa - Mount Pleasant (1 mile)


Chippewa, Michigan, US

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Mount Pleasant (1 mile)

Usual Difficulty I-II (varies with level)

Weirs


Weirs
Photo of Adam and weirs by Jeff Torok taken 04/17/06 @ over 600 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHIPPEWA RIVER NEAR MOUNT PLEASANT, MI
usgs-04154000 200 - 800 cfs I(II) 49h41m 360 cfs (running)
Mild, beginner play at a couple of the weirs. Gauge (416 sq.mi. drainage) is about 5 miles downstream, with no major tribs intervening, so should very accurately reflect flows in this reach.


River Description

Two possible play sites are located near downtown Mount Pleasant. One is at Island Park. Go into the park, hang a right and follow the road around until you get to the parking lot. Look west and you will see a bridge ... the rapids are right there.

The second (and potentially more interesting) site is just a bit upstream. Access is by driving west through town on Broadway, crossing the river and proceeding about 0.2mi to Leaton Road. Turn left (south) and proceed into a park. The rapids begin just under a large bridge.

Summer of 2002 the city removed a dam, uncovering 5 feet of drop in 500 feet of distance. A series of five rock weirs (to prevent the silt from going downstream and killing all aquatic life) were installed. Local boaters and 'officials' cooperated to construct the weirs in such a way as to facilitate whitewater play in this stretch. Based on low water 'tests' so far, it appears they were quite successful, as (even at flows of 120-150 cfs) there are playable waves and good eddies.

(This description will be updated as the course is experienced at a wider range of water levels. Our thanks to Ryan Storzbach for providing information on this project.)


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-09-09 01:28:32

Rapid Descriptions

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