Difficulty I(III)
Length 4.6 Miles
Gauge PLUM CREEK NEAR WRIGHTSTOWN, WI
Flow Range 280 - 1430 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 months ago ~ 15 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 12:24 am

River Description


Quick Facts:

Location: approximately 17 miles due east from Green Bay.
Shuttle Length: 3.7 miles. (See details in "Directions" Tab.)
Character: Very scenic rocky outcroppings, cedar trees, a couple side-stream waterfalls (when wet); fairly continuous class I-II, with a fine ledge drop (II+/III-) at the edge of a golf course.

Put-in is approximately 755' elevation.
Take-out is approximately 657' elevation.
Thus total elevation change is approximately 98'.

General Overview

The overall gradient of this reach would suggest decent whitewater would be likely. Indeed, from behind the private properties on School Creek Trail, down to County Highway A (Main Street) to Valley Road (and slightly beyond) the creek is almost continuous class I-II boogie. A few areas will require a bit of navigational skills, but (with adequate flow) the stream is generally wide, farily clear of fixed obstacles (rocks), and free of deadfall or snags (at least as of spring, 2010), so it makes a very fine and scenic novice whitewater float.

The most difficult or 'tricky' spot on the run is right at CTH.A (Main Street). As the creek passes under the final bridge in North Brook Country Club, there are a few waves leading into a nearly 90-degree left-hand bend, down a short (1-2') ledge, followed immediately by a 90-degree right-hand bend leading into a vertical-walled 'dells' as the stream passes under the road. This area could prove difficult for beginner/novice boaters. (I would highly recommend people in canoes or recreational kayaks may need to back-paddle and try to be out of the strongest flow (head to the inside/right-side of the right-hand bend) to slow their craft, to keep from being pushed into the left wall of the dells under the highway.) Minor play (for more skilled boaters, in proper whitewater craft) may be possible at the golf-course bridge (just upstream), but virtually no play seems likely at the main ledge at most flows. There may be another spot or two which could allow minor play at some (high) flows, but generally boaters looking for whitewater 'playboating' will be disappointed.

The trip could be shortened via a couple other potential access points which would place you closer to (or right at) the head of the best gradient, and take-out before the confluence with the Kewaunee River. However, parking is generally less convenient at these alternate access points than at the locations listed here as put-in and take-out.

To ease possible concerns: often golf courses are notorious for having low (impassible at high water) bridges. Fortunately the bridges in this golf course are all high enough not to cause problems.

If/when this run is done, it is likely to be in concert with other rivers in the area.

Recommended 'Companion' Runs

Baird Creek 14.5 miles away
Bower Creek 22.6 miles away
Neshota/West Twin River 21.5 miles away
Devils River 24.1 miles away

Special Note: The real HUC for this reach should be 04030102. 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: ~22.7 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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At our listed put-in, drainage is about 22.7 square miles (as calculated by USGS StreamStats 4.0 Beta software). By our take-out, it is 27.4 sq.mi. (an increase of 21%).

Possible alternate access

Class - N/A Mile - 0.35
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Shoulders along this road are barely adequate for parking. A couple 'stubs' (driveways to defunct homesteads or to fields) are nearby, but usage of them may bring problems. For that reason, we recommend the listed put-in. While it adds nothing but flatwater, it offers far better parking on wide shoulders of a state highway.

School Creek Trail - Private Property

Class - N/A Mile - 0.9

There is a cul-de-sac at the first property on this road, but the road extends a good distance parallel to the creek. IF permission to carry to the creek can be obtained from any property owner along this stub road, you could put in at the beginning of the gradient on this run.

However, since the run is not that long, even using the listed put-in, we prefer not bothering private property owners when it is not necessary for access to the run.

Note: the above photo is from the lower half of the run (I.E., not from this location) but typifies the scenery which can be found all along this run.

Fore Play

Class - II Mile - 1.53
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Situated under a bridge (giving golfers access for the 10th and 18th holes of North Brook Country Club) lies a bit of a wave. With adequate flows, some minor play may be possible here. (If golfers are present, you may be glad you're wearing a helmet! Fore!!!)

Main Street

Class - II+ Mile - 1.62

The creek rounds a bend (almost 90-degrees left) just before encountering Main Street (CTH.A). It tumbles down a small ledge combination, then immediately turns 90-degrees right, passing through a vertical-walled dells as it passes under the bridge. This zig-zag/ledge-combination may cause beginner/novice boaters a bit of trouble. At high water, this is a tricky maneuver to negotiate.

This is not really a 'waterfall', not really a serious 'hazard', and is not really a 'playspot', but it is definitely one of the highlights of this run, and (if you are in doubt) should be scouted before putting-in above this location on this run. Those who may be uneasy making this move might be able to portage (though not real easy to re-enter river downstream).

Valley Road

Class - N/A Mile - 3.12
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Access may be possible here (to shorten the trip), but shoulders are not as wide as our listed take-out. At this point you have run the best of the gradient, but there are good rips downstream of this point.

 

Not far downstream (run mile 3.37), School Creek encounters the Kewaunee River. Flow will be increased accordingly, and the remaining distance to the listed take-out should pass quickly.

Comments

Gage Descriptions

* Cited USGS gauge is for Baird Creek, which lies about 12 miles to the west/southwest. Drainage areas are fairly similar, so flows may be expected to be similar as well. Storms may hit one drainage differently than the other, so there will be times the reference gauge gives misleading indications of runnability.

Cited values for 'minimum recommended flow' and 'maximum recommended flow' are completely untested guesses. Anyone who actually boats this spot is encouraged to help your fellow boaters by providing information about cited gauge readings and how runnable/playable they found this reach. Do so using the "Add a comment" button which appears on the "Comments" tab.

Directions Description


Alternate put-ins and take-outs are possible, for which the shuttle should be obvious from any map of the area.

 

You can use the text-entry box below to input your home or other starting address (it will accept not just zipcode as indicated, but full address: street city state) to get drive time, distance, and directions to the listed put-in.

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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1197399 03/15/10 Rob Update, based upon PFD.
1197403 03/27/10 Rob Tweak description, reach name.
1198063 08/14/10 Rob Minor edits.
1203047 02/02/14 Rob minor format change
1208715 01/10/18 Rob remove table from description, putting info into simple statement/paragraph form.
1211662 04/02/19 Rob updated image position
1194908 12/06/08 n/a
1195089 05/27/09 Rob
1197104 01/14/10 Rob Add 'nearby runs' table.