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Michigan whitewater, Carp River

Marquette county, Carp Lake dam to CR553 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V(V+)     2.5 miles
  The natural beauty of Marquette County and the water flowing gracefully down Carp River have people coming here. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. This section of Carp River in Michigan is 2.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-V(V+) section of whitewater. There's camping
    available near Carp River. If you're coming from Marquette it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking
in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. There are nice comfortable hotels here, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Holyoke Trail, and Carp
River is not far at all from Marquette. Very pretty scenery and pleasant skiing is what you get at Marquette. All through the warm days of summer at Carp River temperatures are usually in the 70's. Summer night lows drop down to the 50's. For the period of the wintertime this place gets highs in the 20's with temperatures at Carp River dipping down into the 0's during winter nights. From a rainfall point of view Carp River is a rather normal spot. The wettest month of the year is generally September, that's the one that rains the most, and the driest month is February.

Carp River, Carp Lake dam to CR553 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 Carp River.
 Whitewater Near Carp River:
Carp River, Marquette County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Carp Lake dam to CR553)
Carp River, Marquette County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (CR553 to Highway 41)
Dead River, Marquette County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6.9 miles long (McClure Dam to Forestville Road)
Escanaba River - East Branch, Marquette County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.25 miles long (Section 20 Bridge to O'Neal Creek confluence)
Dead River, Marquette County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.3 miles long (CR 550 Bridge)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.9 miles long (Cataract Basin Dam to powerhouse)
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Gwinn to River Road)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.6 miles long (1.2 mile above CR565 to 0.4 mile below CR565)
Chocolay River, Marquette County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.2 miles long (Highway 41 to Cty Road BH)
Big Garlic River, Marquette County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V - 3.3 miles long (Goldmine Road to Cty 550)
 Ski Areas Near Carp River:
Marquette, Michigan , 2 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 41 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 45 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 90 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
 Hotels Near Carp River:
Comfort Suites Marquette, Marquette , 2 miles away
Days Inn Marquette, Marquette , 2 miles away
My Place Hotel-Marquette MI, Marquette , 2 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Marquette, MI, Marquette , 2 miles away
Holiday Inn MARQUETTE, Marquette , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Carp River:
City Of Marquette, Marquette, 4 miles away
Marquette Tourist Park, Marquette, 4 miles away
Gitche Gumee Campground and RV, Marquette, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Carp River:
Holyoke Trail, Marquette , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Carp River:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising - MI , 57 miles away
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Michigan , 26 miles away
Van Riper State Park, Michigan , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Carp River:
Marquette Golf & Country Club, Marquette , 2 miles away
Chocolay Downs Golf Course, Marquette , 4 miles away
University Park Golf Course, Marquette , 4 miles away

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