Presque Isle, Michigan, US
A) Yondota Falls to Copps Mine Rd (1.5 miles)
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Erik Strahler Yondota Falls
Erik Strahler Yondota FallsPhoto of Erik Strahler by C.J. Arnold taken 08/26/06 @ 1.24 (140cfs Black)
PRESQUE ISLE RIVER NEAR TULA, MI
150 - 1000 cfs
Likely low to moderate flows. Gauge (261 sq.mi.) lies ~13.6 miles downstream, with significant trib intervening. Expect gauge to overstate flows for this reach.
BLACK RIVER NEAR BESSEMER, MI
150 - 300 cfs
*Likely* outrageous. (Correlation not assured.) WE NEED YOUR INPUT to establish correlation! Add a comment or report! Ref. gauge (Black R., next watershed west, drainage of 200 sq.mi.) is comparable to Presque above this reach so may correlate well. Expect occasional variance.
The meat of this short reach is the Yondota Falls sequence, which lies about a quarter mile
downstream from the put-in. The Presque Isle tumbles 52' in a third of a mile (~156 FPM
equivalent gradient!) through an interesting and varied series of drops. While this
reach is located quite a distance upstream of the more popular or well known classic sections of
the Presque, the river is still fair sized here and has some power.
Driving to the put-in, the Presque is a calm, meandering river, visible to the right. This soon
changes after the river passes beneath the put-in bridge. The current quickens and some light
whitewater develops as the river makes a turn to the right. There is a small initial drop and
just below, the river constricts considerably next to a river-left rock outcropping and drops
away. Get out to scout on the right. There is a 8'-10' vertical falls here that
drops into a narrow slot. The hydraulic at the base very powerful and potentially
dangerous, backed-up by a spline of rock which splits the already narrow channel below
in two. There is a secondary channel to the right which may allow one to bypass the bad hole and
drop in downstream at higher flows.
Following this falls, the river spreads out again and enters a series of technical boulderbed
ledge drops (3'-5') with only a few eddies in between. Wood collects here but there are generally
multiple clean routes. Some of the routes work, and some aren't so pretty, so it may be best to
scout the entire sequence beforehand. The run-out from the last of these ledges
is the lead-in to the final drop, a bouldery medium-angle cascade of about 12'-15'. Again, there
are multiple lines and some may hurt. Below here are some waves and a hole in the run-out. The
remaining distance to the listed take-out may hold some lighter whitewater. One could do a
shuttle-less run here by simply running to the bottom of the falls sequence and carrying back up
the river right trail but it's probably easier to just float down to the listed take-out.
Yondota Falls may be found by turning north off of Hwy 2 in Marenisco on Cty 523 (Copps Mine Rd)
and driving north for about 3.25 miles. The shuttle here is simple. From the put-in bridge,
continue north following the main road and bearing to the left until reaching the river.
Philippe Damiano reports:
Andy Lovering, Erik Strahler, and Chris Arnold ran this section at 1.24ft. The falls was the
highlight, but the rest of the section was good. Desperate paddlers might find refuge running
laps on this section if everything else is too low.
Note: There is about 16 miles of low gradient river from this (listed take-out of this upper
section) to the next listed section of this river (Underwood Tower Rd to Steigers Bridge).
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Last Updated: 2012-05-26 15:35:20