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Michigan whitewater, Carp River

Marquette county, CR553 to Highway 41 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     2.3 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Michigan tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. This section of Carp River in Marquette County is 2.3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. The beautiful scenery of Marquette County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. No
    matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. There are plenty
of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The starting location is a short drive from Marquette, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

Briefly about
the general area:
Marquette Bay is in the neighborhood of Carp River and is a great spot to go to; while you're here at Carp River, checking out Migisy Bluff is a must. Skiing at Marquette is one of those things you just ought to do, and Carp River is a location with many visitors from Marquette. This river is a great place to visit. Carp River is a good place of normal rainfall. September is the wettest month with most rain; February meanwhile is the driest month. Summertime brings highs in the 70's to Carp River. For the period of the dark hours of summer temperatures sink down into the 50's.

Carp River, CR553 to Highway 41 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 II-III - 2.3 miles long (CR553 to Highway 41)
Carp River, Marquette County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Carp Lake dam to CR553)
Dead River, Marquette County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.3 miles long (CR 550 Bridge)
Escanaba River - East Branch, Marquette County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.25 miles long (Section 20 Bridge to O'Neal Creek confluence)
Dead River, Marquette County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6.9 miles long (McClure Dam to Forestville Road)
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Gwinn to River Road)
Chocolay River, Marquette County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.2 miles long (Highway 41 to Cty Road BH)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.9 miles long (Cataract Basin Dam to powerhouse)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.6 miles long (1.2 mile above CR565 to 0.4 mile below CR565)
Big Garlic River, Marquette County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 3.3 miles long (Goldmine Road to Cty 550)
 Ski Areas Near Carp River:
Marquette, Michigan , 1 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 39 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 47 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 93 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
 Hotels Near Carp River:
Hampton Inn Marquette-Waterfront MI, Marquette , 1 miles away
Ramada Marquette, Marquette , 1 miles away
Landmark Inn, Marquette , 2 miles away
Staybridge Suites MARQUETTE, Marquette , 2 miles away
Econo Lodge Lakeside, Marquette , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Carp River:
City Of Marquette, Marquette, 1 miles away
Gitche Gumee Campground and RV, Marquette, 2 miles away
Marquette Tourist Park, Marquette, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Carp River:
Holyoke Trail, Marquette , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Carp River:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising - MI , 54 miles away
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Michigan , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Carp River:
Chocolay Downs Golf Course, Marquette , 1 miles away
University Park Golf Course, Marquette , 1 miles away
Marquette Golf & Country Club, Marquette , 1 miles away

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