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Michigan whitewater, Big Garlic River

Marquette county, Goldmine Road to Cty 550 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     3.3 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Marquette, as you can see on the road map further down. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The Goldmine Road to Cty 550 stretch of Big Garlic River is 3.3 miles long and it is classified as a class III-V section by American Whitewater.
    This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The beautiful scenery of Marquette County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people
from near and far. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good spots for that around here. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There's camping available  
near Big Garlic River. This section is quite short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch.

Briefly about the general area:
Enjoy a lazy day on the beach at Squaw Beach; if you like skiing, you're in luck; Marquette is rather near. During your journey to Big Garlic River you'll meet some people from Negaunee for sure. Don't leave Big Garlic River without first going for a hike along the Holyoke Trail. It's always nice to have a look at Little Garlic Falls. The annual precipitation here at Big Garlic River is about average. Most of the rain falls through September, and February meanwhile is the driest month.

Big Garlic River, Goldmine Road to Cty 550 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Big Garlic River.
 Whitewater Near Big Garlic River:
Big Garlic River, Marquette County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 3.3 miles long (Goldmine Road to Cty 550)
Dead River, Marquette County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6.9 miles long (McClure Dam to Forestville Road)
Yellow Dog River, Marquette County, 8 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.1 miles long (CR510 to CR550)
Carp River, Marquette County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Carp Lake dam to CR553)
Carp River, Marquette County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (CR553 to Highway 41)
Dead River, Marquette County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.3 miles long (CR 550 Bridge)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.6 miles long (1.2 mile above CR565 to 0.4 mile below CR565)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 9.3 miles long (White City Falls to 1 mile above CR565)
Yellow Dog River, Marquette County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 8.3 miles long (Mulligan Truck Trail to CR510)
Escanaba River - East Branch, Marquette County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.25 miles long (Section 20 Bridge to O'Neal Creek confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Big Garlic River:
Marquette, Michigan , 15 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 46 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 54 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 82 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
 Beaches Near Big Garlic River:
Squaw Beach, Marquette , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Garlic River:
Cedar Motor Inn, Marquette , 8 miles away
Jasper Ridge Inn Ishpeming, Ishpeming , 10 miles away
Magnuson Hotel Country Inn, Ishpeming , 10 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Marquette, MI, Marquette , 12 miles away
Comfort Suites Marquette, Marquette , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Garlic River:
Country Village RV Park, Ishpeming, 10 miles away
Perkins County Park, Big Bay, 11 miles away
Marquette Tourist Park, Marquette, 14 miles away
 Trails Near Big Garlic River:
Holyoke Trail, Marquette , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Garlic River:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising - MI , 69 miles away
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 70 miles away
Van Riper State Park, Michigan , 28 miles away
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Michigan , 39 miles away
Craig Lake State Park, Michigan , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Garlic River:
Marquette Golf & Country Club, Marquette , 15 miles away
Wawonowin Country Club, Champion , 15 miles away
Chocolay Downs Golf Course, Marquette , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Garlic River
Greenwood Reservoir, Marquette , 18 miles away

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