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Michigan whitewater, Escanaba River

Marquette county, Highway Camp Ground to Boney Falls Basin section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     10 miles
  The scenic beauty of Marquette County and the water flowing gracefully down Escanaba River will make you feel great. If you're coming from Escanaba it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Michigan are easier than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. Getting
    your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem
but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Highway Camp Ground to Boney Falls Basin stretch is just one of them. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way  
this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Escanaba River is not far at all from Rock. An average amount of precipitation falls at Escanaba River. September is the wettest month with most rain, and February is the month with the least moisture. Summertime highs at Escanaba River regularly tend to be in the 70's. All through the dark hours of summer temperatures descend down into the 50's. Throughout the winter this place gets highs in the 20's; winter nights come with lows in the 0's to Escanaba River.

Escanaba River, Highway Camp Ground to Boney Falls Basin road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Escanaba River.
 Whitewater Near Escanaba River:
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Highway Camp Ground to Boney Falls Basin)
Escanaba River, Delta County, 4 miles away
      Class II(III) - 17 miles long (Boney Falls Dam to CR420)
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Gwinn to River Road)
Ford River, Delta County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.75 miles long (Highway 2 to Highway 35)
Chocolay River, Marquette County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.2 miles long (Highway 41 to Cty Road BH)
Escanaba River - East Branch, Marquette County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.25 miles long (Section 20 Bridge to O'Neal Creek confluence)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.9 miles long (Cataract Basin Dam to powerhouse)
Carp River, Marquette County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (CR553 to Highway 41)
Carp River, Marquette County, 24 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Carp Lake dam to CR553)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 26 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.6 miles long (1.2 mile above CR565 to 0.4 mile below CR565)
 Ski Areas Near Escanaba River:
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 21 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 24 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 41 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Hidden Valley, Wisconsin , 91 miles away, 200 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 96 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
 Hotels Near Escanaba River:
Quality Inn & Suites, Escanaba , 20 miles away
Super 8 Escanaba, Escanaba , 20 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Escanaba, Escanaba , 20 miles away
Comfort Suites Escanaba, Escanaba , 20 miles away
BEST WESTERN Pioneer Inn & Suites, Escanaba , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Escanaba River:
Boney Falls Basin, Cornell, 4 miles away
Little Lake State Forest Campground, Little Lake, 12 miles away
Farquar-Metsa Tourist Park, Gwinn, 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Escanaba River:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising - MI , 51 miles away
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Michigan , 24 miles away
J. W. Wells State Park, Michigan , 31 miles away
Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Escanaba River:
Red Fox Run Golf Course, Gwinn , 15 miles away
Woody's Run, Escanaba , 15 miles away
Sweetgrass Golf Club, Harris , 16 miles away

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