Kalamazoo - Plainwell Swell (1.0 miles)


Kalamazoo, Michigan, US

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Plainwell Swell (1.0 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles

Plainwell Swell


Plainwell Swell
Photo by Shawn taken 03/25/07 @ High



River Description

Park at Gilkey Elementary School and take a hiking trail to the dam.

A decent hole for practicing surfs, spins, ferrys, squirts, and rolling.

See "Comments" for more information regarding best options to access this playspot.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-09-01 17:01:35

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.4Plainwell SwellIIPlayspot
2.0Alternative playspot?N/APlayspot
3.8Otsego 12th St. dam: possible play?N/A

Rapid Descriptions

Plainwell Swell (Class II, Mile 0.4)

Distance is what you'll paddle upstream in bypass channel to get to spillway.



Alternative playspot? (Class N/A, Mile 2.0)

'Distance' is total from listed put-in, paddling upstream to the playwave described, and then downstream to this feature/location.

Unknown how feasible play is here, or what levels may allow any/best play. Can anyone provide some info?



Otsego 12th St. dam: possible play? (Class N/A, Mile 3.8)

It appears (looking only at satellite photo, with no other first-hand awareness) that the dam spans one side of an island, and the river-left side may be free-flowing, and have a bit of a series of waves. At some flows, there may be some interest here.

Has anyone checked this out? Good? No good? Report!




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