This rapids lies just upstream of the listed put-in for this reach, but well downstream of the take-out of the prior listed reach. Since it is such a minor rapids (easy boulder garden rapids), and nothing else is gained but flatwater mileage, we recommend using the listed take-out for the prior reach, and the listed put-in for this reach.
Drainage at listed put-in (based on manual traverse using online planimeter and topomaps).
Taylor Raids is a short, relatively easy ledge/drop, made perhaps a bit more complex by the fact that the river twists right coming into it, then left dropping across it, and into a pool below.
A boulder-garden rapids is encountered where the river splits around an island.
As you get to Goodman Park, a footbridge spans the river, crossing to small islands in the braided right channels of the river. A short slide lies immediately under the bridge. A decent pool follows before the main drop, Strong Falls. While it has been run, most boaters of this reach will be content (and well advised) to take out above this falls. The falls is multiple pitches, with much shallow rock, creating a chaos in the flows. A short pool leads to an easy slide into a sweet little wave. Beginners may use this area (below Strong Falls) as a practice area, to work the currents, doing ferries, eddy turns, peel-outs, and so forth. This also makes a handy location to do 'rescue practice -- taking turns swimming the little rapids, and having someone on shore toss a throw-rope to 'pendulum' the swimmer to shore.
Enjoy the following video from 2013, provided by Bryan Foster (via YouTube) at 6.13 ft on the gauge:
I guess I never put up this video of strong falls from 2013. 6.13ft on the gauge...
Gauge is a good ways downstream, but should provide good flow info for this reach.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
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Bottom ledge of Strong Falls
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Peshtigo's Strong Falls
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