It's worth scouting the two big drops before putting on, this can be done via Iman Cemetery Rd. Some routes have no tresspassing signs, but there are ways to get a good look.
Downstream of the put in bridge is 1/4 mile of warm up before the first falls. This is a 30 footer that is run middle. Below this first falls the river bends right as it goes over some more bedrock. Get out on the left after the bend, and well before entering the low angle slide into Money Drop to get one last look from the left side.
Money Drop is a high speed, low angle ramp of 50 yards or so into a vertical drop of variable height. You can typically count on it being over 50' tall. It can be tricky to set the correct angle, resulting in many chaotic descents of the drop. Recently (2016) the lip seems to have cleaned up and people no longer seem to have so much issue.
Andrew Bradley dealt with the tricky pre-2016 lip by boofing as big as possible. While Andrew says his hit was soft, this technique is not recommended, at least one person has broken their back here.
Money drop from Andrew Bradley on Vimeo.
The falls was measured at 51' high the day he did it.
Andrew here, checking in after an exciting trip to Stephenson!
Jump forward to February 2012 when John Edwards, Jeremy Lynn and myself found ourselves here again at a lower flow in the range of 800-900cfs (just under half the EF Lewis gauge). We found this flow to still provide an ample boil. This would be John's 7th time here and we now had a sufficient amount of people to safely run the drop. The key piece of the puzzle for us was getting a safety boater in the pool below, which was pretty easy on this day. Thanks Jeremy! When we were there it had been raining and snowing with very little sunshine. We wondered around the drop scouting and talking about our possible lines and where we planed to hike our boats down for around 5 hours that day before running the drop. If you take a look at the photos most of the waterfall is not vertical at all, so boofing or over rotating are both very real possibilities.
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