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Michigan whitewater, Dead River

Marquette county, CR 550 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     0.3 miles
  If you're coming from Marquette it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. No matter if you're whitewater
    rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. This stretch of Dead River in Marquette County is
0.3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. This is an extremely short section so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. The nature scenery of Michigan and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're  
all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Presque Isle Point is not far from Dead River at all; you're sure to stumble upon some good folks from Marquette here. A day on the slopes of Marquette is just what you need. A common amount of rain falls here at Dead River. September is when you get the most rain here; the driest month is February. The warmest time of the year at Dead River comes with high temperatures in the 70's, and the nighttime is rather colder of course, commonly in the 50's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 20's with temperatures at Dead River dipping down into the 0's throughout winter nights.

Dead River, CR 550 Bridge 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:
Carp River, Marquette County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (CR553 to Highway 41)
Carp River, Marquette County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Carp Lake dam to CR553)
Dead River, Marquette County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6.9 miles long (McClure Dam to Forestville Road)
Escanaba River - East Branch, Marquette County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.25 miles long (Section 20 Bridge to O'Neal Creek confluence)
Chocolay River, Marquette County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.2 miles long (Highway 41 to Cty Road BH)
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Gwinn to River Road)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.9 miles long (Cataract Basin Dam to powerhouse)
Big Garlic River, Marquette County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 3.3 miles long (Goldmine Road to Cty 550)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.6 miles long (1.2 mile above CR565 to 0.4 mile below CR565)
Yellow Dog River, Marquette County, 23 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.1 miles long (CR510 to CR550)
 Ski Areas Near Dead River:
Marquette, Michigan , 5 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 42 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 51 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 95 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
 Hotels Near Dead River:
Landmark Inn, Marquette , 3 miles away
Ramada Marquette, Marquette , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn Marquette-Waterfront MI, Marquette , 3 miles away
Staybridge Suites MARQUETTE, Marquette , 3 miles away
Settle Inn Marquette, Marquette , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dead River:
Marquette Tourist Park, Marquette, 2 miles away
City Of Marquette, Marquette, 3 miles away
Gitche Gumee Campground and RV, Marquette, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Dead River:
Holyoke Trail, Marquette , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dead River:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising - MI , 54 miles away
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Michigan , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Dead River:
Chocolay Downs Golf Course, Marquette , 4 miles away
University Park Golf Course, Marquette , 4 miles away
Marquette Golf & Country Club, Marquette , 4 miles away

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