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Difficulty I-II
Length 2.34 Miles
Gauge Mullet (Upper) Approximation
Flow Range 200 - 500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 28 minutes ago ~ 36.7236 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/12/2020 11:24 am

River Description

Quick Facts:

Location: Four miles south of Elkhart Lake, 18 miles west of Sheboygan.
Shuttle Length: 2.5 miles. (See details in "Directions" Tab.)
Character: Minor shallows and shoals (with deadfall and snags to dodge) give way to a swiftwater float in a very rural setting.

Put-in is approximately 920' elevation.
Take-out is approximately 850' elevation.
Thus total elevation change is approximately 70'.

GAUGE NOTICE: The entirety of Sheboygan County has just one USGS gauge, on the Sheboygan River. At our listed put-in, drainage area is about 1/11th of the drainage area at the gauge, and we have used that to create a 'virtual gauge' for this section. You should expect that this virtual gauge will lag both on the rise and fall, and may also not correlate well when rains hit different parts of the watershed disproportionately.

General Overview
A pleasant little bobble on an intimate stream, this makes a fine trip for canoes or recreational kayaks. Be prepared for quick navigation/negotiation as you are likely to encounter deadfall and snags (in addition to a couple of private footbridges which may span the stream around CTH.CJ, if I recall correctly). Gradient in the first half-mile is about 55 FPM, and diminishes into 30's, 20's and teens as one proceeds to a mile, a mile-and-a-half, and the full extent of the run (2.34 miles) as detailed here.

Trip may be shortened to just 0.7 miles (at CTH.CJ) or 1.25 miles (at CTH.J).

Put-in is on private property at a Girl Scout property at Camp Evelyn (please ask permission to access the river and to leave a vehicle here).

Take-out is at one of three highway/road crossings.

Special Note: The real HUC for this reach should be 04030101. It has been 'faked' below to allow this reach to 'sort' (when listing is pulled up 'by drainage') into the "Southwestern Lake Michigan" rivers, rather than the already bloated list of "Northwestern Lake Michigan" rivers. If this somehow causes problems for anyone using this listing, please send a message to the Regional StreamTeam Leader (which can be done via the "Add a Comment" button which should appear under the "Comments" tab).

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: ~38 square miles

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At our listed put-in, drainage area is about 38 square miles (as calculated via USGS StreamStats 4.0 Beta software). By our listed take-out it has increased to 49.7 sq.mi. (an increase of nearly 31%).


Class - N/A Mile - 0.58
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(There are not really any rapids of distinction, so all markers are more just waypoints.)


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Confluence (LaBudde Creek)

Class - N/A Mile - 0.97
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(There are not really any rapids of distinction, so all markers are more just waypoints.)

CTH.J / USGS sampling site: Drainage area: 45.4 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 1.21
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USGS lists a sampling site at this location showing drainage area of 45.4 square miles.


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8 years ago there are video's of most of the trip on 11-13-11..... lots of downed trees/ strainers/sweepers/homemade footbridges.... but if you can deal with the hazards it was a very fun trip

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Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1213986 12/10/19 Rob updated description
1215258 06/12/20 Rob updated description
1194865 11/29/08 n/a n/a
1203044 02/01/14 Rob Fix embed for youtube vid
1198069 08/14/10 Rob Minor edits
1201924 03/19/13 Rob Embed YouTube video