Turbulent flow characteristics around the braid bar are not thoroughly studied till now. In the current paper, the quadrant method is used to analyze the turbulence characteristics of flow around the island in a braided river model. An attempt has been made herein to relate the depositional characteristics around the island in the braided river model to the sweep and ejection events. The new parameter bursting ratio is defined in this paper; it is observed that the bursting ratio is strongly related with the erosion/deposition characteristics around the island in a braided river model. The transition probability of 16 possible bursting movements are computed for four different experimental condition, the results shows that the, movements are closely related with the erosion/deposition magnitude around the bar in a braided river model. The values of sweep ratio and ejection ratio at 12 different points around the island for four different experimental conditions are computed using Box Cox analysis. The results found that the sweep and ejection ratio have positive linear correlation with scouring/ deposition magnitude, thus sweep and ejection ratio are important parameters which are related to the scouring/ deposition magnitude around the island in a braided river model. © 2017 Indian Society for Hydraulics.