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Difficulty II-IV+(V)
Length 22 Miles
Flow Range CFS
Flow Rate as of: 41 minutes ago 9.16 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 02/14/2015 6:49 pm

River Description

Shorter runs are possible.

The canyon itself has some steep sections.

The state of SD lists this section as a wild and scenic river possibility.

The camping fee for the French Creek Natural Area is $2.00 per person per night. Campers need to register at the self-registration station at the east or west trailhead. You will find a fee envelope in the iron ranger box. Separate the top portion from the fee envelope and place on the dashboard of your vehicle. Insert correct amount into the fee envelope. Deposit it in the appropriate container. Checks are made payable to Custer State Park.

Rapid Descriptions

Culverts? Concerns?

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Downen Road/15 Bridge

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Wildlife Loop

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Lame Johnny Road/CSP Rd.4

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Downstream of this point there are single-track roads which ford (cross through) the streambed, but would obviously not be passable by vehicle during boatable flows. This location is the final bridge before the gorge, and is adjacent to a Horse Campground.


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1204169 02/14/15 Rob Add avg.gradient value and some waypoints