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Michigan whitewater, Dead River

Marquette county, McClure Dam to Forestville Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     6.9 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The beautiful scenery of Michigan and the cool fresh water have people coming here. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The put-in is not too far from Marquette, if you're not familiar with
    the area there's a road map further down the page. No need to look hard for hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch of Dead River in Michigan is 6.9 miles long and is
according to American Whitewater a class IV-V+ section of whitewater. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Head up to Marquette
and strap some skis to your feet; you'll meet a lot of people from Marquette here. If the weather is good here at Dead River, you can go for a hike along the Holyoke Trail. All through the long summer days here at Dead River, high temperatures typically reach the 70's, and during the night it cools down to the 50's. Throughout the winter highs are in the 20's with winter lows in the 0's overnight here at Dead River. Dead River is a good place of normal precipitation. During September this area sees the most rain; February on the other hand is the driest.

Dead River, McClure Dam to Forestville Road 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 Dead River.
 Whitewater Near Dead River:
Dead River, Marquette County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6.9 miles long (McClure Dam to Forestville Road)
Carp River, Marquette County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Carp Lake dam to CR553)
Carp River, Marquette County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (CR553 to Highway 41)
Dead River, Marquette County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.3 miles long (CR 550 Bridge)
Escanaba River - East Branch, Marquette County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.25 miles long (Section 20 Bridge to O'Neal Creek confluence)
Big Garlic River, Marquette County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 3.3 miles long (Goldmine Road to Cty 550)
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, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.6 miles long (1.2 mile above CR565 to 0.4 mile below CR565)
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Gwinn to River Road)
Yellow Dog River, Marquette County, 17 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.1 miles long (CR510 to CR550)
 Ski Areas Near Dead River:
Marquette, Michigan , 6 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 45 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 45 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 87 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
 Beaches Near Dead River:
Squaw Beach, Marquette , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Dead River:
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Marquette, MI, Marquette , 4 miles away
Comfort Suites Marquette, Marquette , 4 miles away
Days Inn Marquette, Marquette , 4 miles away
My Place Hotel-Marquette MI, Marquette , 4 miles away
Holiday Inn MARQUETTE, Marquette , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dead River:
Marquette Tourist Park, Marquette, 6 miles away
City Of Marquette, Marquette, 7 miles away
Gitche Gumee Campground and RV, Marquette, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Dead River:
Holyoke Trail, Marquette , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dead River:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising - MI , 61 miles away
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Michigan , 30 miles away
Van Riper State Park, Michigan , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Dead River:
Marquette Golf & Country Club, Marquette , 6 miles away
Chocolay Downs Golf Course, Marquette , 7 miles away
University Park Golf Course, Marquette , 7 miles away

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