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WARNING: THESE PAGES ARE BASED ON A BOOK THAT IS MORE THAN 20 YEARS OLD. THE RIVER CHANGES. BRIDGES CHANGE. ROADS CHANGE. OUR HOPE IS TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION AS WE LEARN ABOUT THE CHANGES.

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SECTION 4

OVERALL DROP: 25 (first 2.4 miles) 1 (last 1.8 miles)

DIFFICULTY: 1 - 2

HAZARDS: 8 FOOT WATERFALL

SECTION 4 LENGTH: 4.2 MILES

PUT-IN: Swann Covered Bridge (see map below)

Parking under the bridge is easy and you can drive right around in a circle and back onto the road. There's a nice beach.   This section ranges from wild to peaceful as you can probably guess from the drastic change in drop between the first and last parts of it.  The drop is actually about 25 feet from Swann Bridge to mile 4.4, 16 from there to the County 160 bridge and something like 22 on to the island at about mile 6.3.  At least eight fee of the 16 foot drop section is concentrated in a waterfall.  The rest is pretty evenly distributed.  After mile 6.3 the river is practically flat to the take-out.  Water level is a matter of experience.   If the USGS gauge at Hwy 79 reads less than about 1.6, you will have floating problems.  See the warning in Section 3 for higher water levels.  The river is about 50 feet wide at the put-in, spreads to about 75 feet near the 160 bridge, then narrows back down to about 50 feet, and holds this to the take-out.

All the rapids are milder than in Section3.  High cliffs and a placid pool at mile 4.6 are both scenic and the announcement for an eight foot, 60 degree waterfall.  This waterfall can be run on the RIGHT SIDE ONLY.  There is a big rock island splitting the fall.  you can portage down the island if you wish or run the fall on the right a little left of its center  Be careful when you land on the rock island--it's sloping and the current will try to  sweep you to the right hand over the falls  Just before you get to Skirum Bluff pool there is a 18 inch drop and a rough little rapid.  Skirum Bluff and its pool are very scenic places.  There's a nice beach on the left, and the bluffs are high and plunge straight into the water.  This is a good place to stop and swim in the summer.  The river necks down at the end of this pool and has a right-hand bend.  in higher water levels this could be a tricky place if you can't ferry.  At the lower end of the bluff is a pretty little waterfall running out of the bluff, and just below this on your left are some attractive rock formations.
The shoals are very mild from here on and turn into shallows at the end of the island at mile 6.  As you pass under the County 160 bridge you'll see why this is not used as a take-out  --  it's very steep and overgrown.  The islands shown are pretty, and the ride from here to the take-out is cool and shady between shore lines that are lower and made of dirt instead of rock and sand as in Section3.

TAKE-OUT:
The take-out is a sand beach, a low bank (short but slippery), and a well beaten, gradually sloping, easy path for about 75 feet.  Parking is limited, but it's easy to get completely off the road.  Don't block the dirt road going into the woods. 

Section 4

 

 

Links to other sites about Section 4:

EveryTrail:June 26, 2010

EveryTrail: Hike to Nectar Falls

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE A BEAUTIFUL YOU-TUBE VIDEO OF SCIRUM CREEK

CLICK HERE FOR INFO ABOUT WHITE WATER RAFTING AT BIG SCIRUM CREEK






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