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Difficulty II-IV
Length 7.5 Miles
Gauge PRESQUE ISLE RIVER NEAR TULA, MI
Flow Range 500 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 3 months ago 251 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/26/2012 3:09 pm

River Description


Reach includes Minnewawa Falls and Nimikon Falls.

Put-in: broken bridge on Underwood Tower Road
Take-out: Steigers Bridge on logging road
Note: Getting shuttle vehicles down to the listed take-out at Steigers Bridge may not be available due to the logging road being closed (gated). This may necessitate continuing downstream to run the Lower Presque. This makes a long day, paddling a total of 15.7 miles (or 16.8 to the mouth, including the 'final mile' or Bottom Presque run).

Note: There is about 16 miles of low gradient river from the listed take-out of the prior (upper section) to the put-in for this section.


AW members may click here for Part 1 of an article from the AW Journal, way back in 1981!
AW members may click here for Part 2 of the article.

In addition to this reach, the article also describes the following:
Michigan's
   Lower Presque Isle,
   Middle Black,
   Lower Black,
   Upper Silver,
   Lower Silver,
   Falls, and
   Rock,
and Wisconsin's
   Lower Brunsweiler,
   Montreal, W.Fk., and
   Montreal Canyon.


Rapid Descriptions

rapids sequence #1

Class - N/A Mile - 2.6
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rapids sequence #2

Class - N/A Mile - 3.5
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Minnewawa Falls

Class - N/A Mile - 3.77
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(Description from Google Satellite view)

It appears a substantial island splits the flow, with the larger channel to the right. Both channels pour into a large pool. A (logging?) road passes through below.

Nimikon Falls

Class - N/A Mile - 4.06
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(Info primarily from Google Satellite view)

This is not so much a 'falls' as about a quarter-mile series of ledge drops.

Comments

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bryan foster
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4 years ago

FLAT WATER. Ok, I said it. There is way more flat water here than you might expect for a river with such whitewater fame. Regardless, with the limited access at steiger's bridge, this is the way to see some great whitewater, and get some paddle fitness in. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- First things first, the put in is at a 90 degree left bend in Underwood rd/FR481 where a small grass area for parking cars and an ATV trail over a berm is. Do not try the short cut through on the forest road West, you will end up meeting locked gates, instead head back out to Hwy 28. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For the first part there is a bunch of flat water intermingled with rapids. When ever you see an island with substantial gradient that you can't see down, hop out and scout. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The first big rapid is Minnewawa Falls, there is a nice class III- drop just before it which is marked by a rocky island splitting the river. Minnewawa is split by an island as well, with most of the water moving down the right channel. The right channel proceeds thought a constriction of bedrock and then drops a few feet into a fast moving wave/hole followed closely by a second 5ft green tough drop into another wave/hole with a large pool with waves and buggy water directly after the drop. The left channel has a single drop which may offer a few lines at higher levels. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A little more flat water, then another rocky outcropping splits the current. Shortly after this the river gradient picks up the pace with the majority of the water moving down to the right. There are a number of eddies on the right shore to catch to get out and scout Nimikon Falls. This falls has a left line which is a series of wave holes and smaller drops and a right line with a steeper drop into a pool. There is a small fraction of water that takes a left line around the island which might offer another drop to consider a carry up, because there is a lot of flat water after this. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now for more of the endless flat water, until Steiger's rd bridge. The pace picks up from there, and you are now in the middle section.

Summary of Gauge Readings

Primary gauge (on the Presque, just 2.6 miles upstream of this reach) was only recently brought back online. We do not have accurate reliable info on how flows correspond to runnability. All flow/runnability ranges are therefor tentative at this time. We need your input! If you run this river, add a comment or report stating the flow and your comments about how good/bad the run was at that flow.

* Secondary gauge referenced is on the Black. Watersheds are close, parallel and relatively similar in nature. Max/min are estimates.
Anyone who boats this reach is encouraged to add a 'comment' below with additional gauge information and/or correlations.

Disclaimer: Be aware that indication of a 'runnable' level base on the online gauge does not necessarily mean that the river is runnable. In winter, gauge readings may be 'ice affected'. Sections of the river may be impassable due to ice. Use discretion for winter and early spring runs.
 

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
PRESQUE ISLE RIVER NEAR TULA, MI
AW Gauge Info
251 cfs ℹ️ 100d00h21m Gauge (261 sq.mi. drainage) lies 2.6 miles upstream. A few pretty fair-sized tribs enter below gauge / above rapids, so actual flow will be somewhat higher.
BLACK RIVER NEAR BESSEMER, MI
AW Gauge Info
3.56 ft ℹ️ 01h50m Reference gauge should be a reasonable indicator of water in the area.
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