CANOEING & KAYAKING INFORMAION
Neskoro Boy Scout Troop and their Canoe de Nord
GOOD CANOEING AND KAYAKING WATER FLOW LEVELS
* CFS = Cubic Feet Per Second
POOR: The Drought Level - This is the level the Voyagers called 'The Grand Misery' when one spends more time walking the canoe (discharge') or getting hung up with a kayak than one does enjoying the view.
MINIMAL: The Low Rain Level - when traveling is a pain, with a number of discharges north of Bishop's Bridge.
GOOD: The Normal Rain Level - When the traveling is easily doable with the occasion discharge' required by those who do not know where the gravel bars are.
PRIME: The Good Rain Level - When the traveling is the best - Crooked Rapids is fun, and fast
CONDITIONAL: The Wet Stretch Level - this level occurs when during a normal water spring summer or fall we get a number of moderate (1-2 inches) rain fall days in a row. Watch for erosion and snags and gravel bars moving on the river.
DANGEROUS: The Sudden Rain Incident Level - this level occurs when Spring Run off has hot weather and a notable rain event (a couple of inches) at the same time, or during a Freshet (heavy storm) in the 3 or more inch range in the early summer or late fall. Difficult exiting river and bank erosion problems, with a constantly changing bottom (the river bottom is being scowered)
FLOOD STAGE: The Sand Bag Level with water flowing over the Arpin Dam (Even in Logging Days they avoided traveling by river at these levels because of the washing out of banks and trees falling into the river) it is difficult to get off the river before going over the Arpin Dam.
|< 250 CFS||POOR||POOR||more than 6 hours||Rare|
|250 - 300 CFS||POOR||POOR||about 6 hours||Late Summers, Late Fall and Spring normal range of flow|
|300 - 400 CFS||POOR||MINIMAL||about 6 hours||Late Summers, Late Fall and Spring normal range of flow|
|400 - 500 CFS||MINIMAL||GOOD||about 6 hours||Late Summers, Late Fall and Spring normal range of flow|
|500 - 900 CFS||GOOD||PRIME||about 5.5 hours||Normal Summer and Winter flow|
|900 - 1800 CFS||PRIME||PRIME||about 5 hours||Normal Summer and Winter flow|
|1800 - 3000 CFS||CONDITIONAL||CONDITIONAL||about 4 hours||Occational during Spring Run Off, Summer/Fall heavy freshet|
|3000 - 5000 CFS||DANGEROUS||DANGEROUS||about 3.5 hours||Once or twice a Decade - Spring Run Off, Summer/Fall heavy freshet|
|5000+ CFS||FLOOD STAGE||FLOOD STAGE||less than 3 hours||Rare|
The Current River Flow Can Be Found at
The USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 0536000 CHIPPEWA RIVER AT BISHOPS BRIDGE NEAR WINTER, WI
PORTAGING AROUND THE WINTER DAM
RIVER MAP BETWEEN THE WINTER DAM AND THE ARPIN DAM