Ontonagon, W.Br. - A) Norwich Rd to Victoria Falls Dam (13.4 miles)


Ontonagon, W.Br., Michigan, US

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A) Norwich Rd to Victoria Falls Dam (13.4 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 13.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 10 fpm
Max Gradient 32 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
WEST BRANCH ONTONAGON RIVER NEAR BERGLAND, MI
usgs-04036000 200 - 1500 cfs I-III 01h58m ~ 186 cfs (too low)
Unlikely to be worthwhile whitewater. (Unconfirmed. We need your input. Add a comment or report regarding best flows.) Gauge is well upstream. Flow may be regulated by upstream dam. Numerous tribs contribute downstream thus actual flow in reach should exceed gauge.


River Description

We have very little information on the whitewater available on this run. Satellite map views are quite good, so you may wish to go to the "Maps" tab, click for the satellite view, zoom in to nearly maximum resolution and do a 'digital walk' down the river.

The final two miles of the run will be a paddle out on Victoria Falls reservoir.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-05-23 11:10:04

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Confluence S.Br.N/A
0.0ReservoirN/A
0.0Sandstone FallsWaterfall

Rapid Descriptions

Confluence S.Br. (Class N/A)

There will be a number of smaller creeks which will come into this run. A major confluence will be the South Branch of the Ontonagon.



Reservoir (Class N/A)

Somewhere about here (depending upon flow and 'pond elevation') you will be in the backwaters of Victoria Falls Dam. The remainder of the trip will therefore be dead-flatwater.



Sandstone Falls

About 1.8 miles downstream of the confluence of the South Branch and the West Branch of the Ontonagon, a small creek enters from the right (south). (It should be readily identified, as it comes in at the southernmost point in an oxbow where the river heads south, then turns abruptly back north.) Maps conflict about the name (either Topp Creek or Johnson Creek). In any event, the topo maps show (about a quarter mile up this stream) a 'Sandstone Falls'. It may be worth a little side hike to check it out.




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