Michigamme - C) Witbeck Rapids (3.78 miles)

Michigamme, Michigan, US


C) Witbeck Rapids (3.78 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 3.78 Miles
Avg. Gradient 12 fpm
Max Gradient 12 fpm

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Photo by Ivan Bartha taken 08/22/13 @ 475 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04058100 150 - 1050 cfs I-II 00h27m ~ 366 cfs (running)
Likely low-to-moderate flow (200-600 cfs). (Help your fellow boaters by adding a comment or report about gauge levels and boatability/difficulty.) Reference gauge (M.Br.Esc. near Princeton, 210sq.mi.) may understate flows, approximate conversion may be 1.333*gauge. Correlation not assured.

River Description

Jason Cowell provides:

The run consists of about 1 mile of decent (class 2) big-water rapids in the spring . It is a very easy stretch of boulder-bed rapids, and is a popular spring/summer canoe run. There is a set of waves at the end of the run that are a larger version of those found on other local rivers such as the Peshekee and the Paint.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-03-09 18:05:04

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.3Rapids beginN/A
1.6Second WindN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Rapids begin (Class N/A, Mile 0.3)

You'll pass houses (on river-left) at about 0.1 and 0.2 miles into the run, and the rapids will begin very soon after, and scarcely let up until a full mile later!

Second Wind (Class N/A, Mile 1.6)

After a brief let-up (from the first mile-long rapids), lighter rapids pick up again for nearly 3/4-mile, at which point you will have about 1.5 miles of flat/flowing water to the take-out.

Take-out (Class N/A, Mile 3.8)

Interesting! If you zoom-in to full resolution on 'Satellite' view, you will see a vehicle and two canoes at the take-out! (At least, as of present satellite images, Spring, 2015.)

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