“Where the Moose and the Black Meet” While the Upper and Middle Moose offer whitewater for a range of skill levels, the Bottom Moose, where the river runs into the Black River, is world-famous for it’s class V whitewater features and should not be attempted by novice paddlers. After checking in at the Hydro Office across from Crystal Falls, there is an easy access portage site off of Fowlerville Road. This 5 mile run starts immediately with Fowlerville Falls, a 40 ft slide, heads through class V rapids, drops you off Agars Falls, a world-class pool drop, and ends with the Cadillac of the Moose River, Crystal Falls or “Magilla”. It is a complicated rapid over a series of ledges that climaxes over a 15 foot drop at the end. Magilla is optional with a pull out spot above and easy access for scouting. Water is released in April-May and October for optimal water levels during those months.
The entire river is easily accessible by foot, which makes this a favorite among spectators and family members alike. Don’t miss Spring Moose Fest, Mother’s Day Weekend, or Fall Moose Fest, the weekend after Columbus Day.