Drainage area at our listed put-in is approximately88 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software).
We went down Mud Pine last weekend (Aug 12, 2006) and there were a couple of livestock barbed wire fences across the river. Don't know if this is legal or not. As far as I can tell the legal navigability of Mud Pine has yet to be determined. Aside from that (and some low water) it was a pleasant trip.
*The cited gauge is for the N.Fk.Vermilion in Illinois, which is the immediately adjacent watershed to the west of the Mud Pine / Big Pine. It is relatively similar in size (to the Mud Pine/Big Pine watershed), and usually provides a pretty good indication of runnability here. Obviously, much will depend upon the track (and the overall width and size) of storms, so correlation is not assured.
This run should be possible when the Big Pine is at moderate-to-high flows. The Mud Pine would be floatable under the listed 'minimum', but is likely to barely qualify as whitewater. Similarly, the stream is certainly boatable higher than the listed 'maximum', which really just represents higher, pushier water levels.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
Take out is more likely a bit downstream at a bridge.
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