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Difficulty II
Length 2.2 Miles
Gauge WILLOW RIVER @ WILLOW R STATE PARK NR BURKHARDT,WI
Flow Range 75 - 500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 44 minutes ago ~ 160 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 11/13/2019 6:15 pm

River Description


This stretch of the Apple River is well upstream of the popular 'tubing' area near Somerset, and is one of the first runs in the area to open up for the year so area paddlers use it as a 'tune up' for the coming season.

Put-in is at a county park, from which you'll have about 1.25 miles of warmup water. Just downstream of CTH.C bridge, the river makes a couple twists and turns, then drops into Pike Hole Rapids and Little Falls, each of which is class II+/ III-. (There appears to be ~30' of drop in about 0.8 miles through here.)

Take-out is immediately after the two main drops on the run. Those who have never done the run are advised to walk down the hill from the take out parking area to have a look at the main rapid. You'll hear it before you see it. Medium level will have some water coming around the tiny island pourover.

This is run by locals (from the Amery area) at normal summer flow, but it's a bone run, park and play at first big rapid only (the waves will be mushy at usual summer flow). Aluminum canoes scrape, grind, and groan their way down the first drop at low water. That said, a 'banksfull' level tends to wash out a lot of features above the big drops, and the eddies get tiny at the first big drop. A longer trip my be had by paddling to the next bridge crossing.

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: ~290 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Drainage area at our listed put-in is approximately 290 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software).

We have linked to the USGS Gauge on the Willow River since drainage at that gauge is 292 square miles, and it lies just about 23 miles SouthWest.

This should work pretty well as an indicator of water in the area, but expect that correlation will not always be accurate.

Pike Hole

Class - II Mile - 0.66
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Downstream of CTH.C bridge, the river makes a couple twists and turns, then drops into Pike Hole Rapids, a class II (possibly up to class III) rapids.

As you enter the canyon you'll find scattered small waves, shallow slides, and rocks. A calm spot with a sand bar on the right allows scouting the drop if you have not seen it.

Check the last rock at the entry for logs. This slide has a tongue at the right that blasts into a rock that is easy to hit (and a sure pin if you don't clear or boof the rock). On the left, the hole frowns downstream, and is very aerated, and undercut.

Enjoy playing the waves!

Little Falls

Class - N/A Mile - 0.76
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Gage Descriptions

Visual inspection at the take out or put in.
At the dam, look for both generators running and no water spilling from gates for the best run.

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1213900 11/13/19 Rob updated description
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1213897 11/13/19 Rob directions to the river
1213901 11/13/19 Rob updated description
1213898 11/13/19 Rob directions to the river
1213899 11/13/19 Rob updated stats
1212816 06/10/19 Rob directions to the river
1207335 03/13/17 Rob reset put-in
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