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Michigan whitewater, Chocolay River

Marquette county, Highway 41 to Cty Road BH section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     2.2 miles
I did this trip in about 1968.† Watch out for small waterfalls and take out either on Green Garden Road or the Mangnum Road. Says Jerry Bills

This stretch is not floatable, at least at the end of May. I wound up carrying the kayak over my head in 4 inches of water for much of this stretch. Says Bill

The Highway 41 to Cty Road BH stretch of Chocolay River in Marquette County is 2.2 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II(III)
    section by American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Michigan you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so you'd better keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy.
The wonderful Michigan scenery and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Highway 41 to Cty Road BH stretch is one of them. This is a somewhat short section so better bring some good walking shoes. The  
put-in location is a short drive from Marquette, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The campgrounds here at Chocolay River are pretty good. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Marquette has nice slopes and a friendly staff. Places like Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park are splendid to have a look at, and during your visit here you'll meet some folks from Skandia for sure. Coming to this river is always a good idea.

Chocolay River, Highway 41 to Cty Road BH 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 Chocolay River.
 Whitewater Near Chocolay River:
Chocolay River, Marquette County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.2 miles long (Highway 41 to Cty Road BH)
Carp River, Marquette County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (CR553 to Highway 41)
Dead River, Marquette County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.3 miles long (CR 550 Bridge)
Escanaba River - East Branch, Marquette County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.25 miles long (Section 20 Bridge to O'Neal Creek confluence)
Carp River, Marquette County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Carp Lake dam to CR553)
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Gwinn to River Road)
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Highway Camp Ground to Boney Falls Basin)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.9 miles long (Cataract Basin Dam to powerhouse)
Dead River, Marquette County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6.9 miles long (McClure Dam to Forestville Road)
Escanaba River, Delta County, 21 miles away
      Class II(III) - 17 miles long (Boney Falls Dam to CR420)
 Ski Areas Near Chocolay River:
Marquette, Michigan , 12 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 30 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 52 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
 Hotels Near Chocolay River:
Americas Best Value Inn Marquette, Marquette , 7 miles away
Econo Lodge Lakeside, Marquette , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn Marquette-Waterfront MI, Marquette , 11 miles away
Landmark Inn, Marquette , 11 miles away
Ramada Marquette, Marquette , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chocolay River:
Little Lake State Forest Campground, Little Lake, 9 miles away
Gitche Gumee Campground and RV, Marquette, 9 miles away
City Of Marquette, Marquette, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chocolay River:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising - MI , 44 miles away
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Michigan , 13 miles away
Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chocolay River:
Homestead Golf Course, Marquette , 6 miles away
Red Fox Run Golf Course, Gwinn , 9 miles away
Chocolay Downs Golf Course, Marquette , 11 miles away

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