Listed data is just for Sand Island Creek. It is unknown whether access is possible via a road which is shown the river (on river-left, near the confluence of Sand Island and the Black River). It is highly likely that (rather than hazarding that access) boaters will instead opt to continue down the final mile of the 'Middle Black' to take out at Great Conglomerate Falls. Quick Facts:
Location: Western Upper Peninsula, approximately 10 miles North from Bessemer.
Shuttle Length: 14.2 miles. (See details in "Directions" Tab.)
Drainage area at put-in: about 7.7 square miles.
Put-in elevation is approximately 1130'.
Confluence with Black River elevation is approximately 950'.
Thus elevation change is approximately 180'.
Take-out elevation for 'Middle Black' is approximately 930'.
Thus total elevation change is approximately 200'.
Information (lat, lng, elev, total drop, run length, shuttle length) adjusted and/or verified from best manual extrapolation of online data (via maps.google.com, distance measuring tool, and other resources). 2009.02.11
This is a small tributary of the Black River. With only 7.7 square miles of drainage, this will be runnable only when the Black is running high. We know of no runs on this stream, and thus have no specific information on correlation with the Black. Current 'minimum' is obviously therefore a wild guess, yet to be substantiated.If anyone runs this creek, please help us out by providing feedback regarding details of what you find, and the gauge reading when you did it.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Shuttle directions attempt to route you to the confluence of this creek with the Black River. It is likely that you may opt to proceed down the Black to its take-out. Keep in mind that anytime this creek has sufficient flow to run, the Black is likely to be CRANKED!
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