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Michigan whitewater, Escanaba River

Marquette county, Gwinn to River Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     19 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Marquette, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The beautiful scenery of Marquette County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The Gwinn to River Road section of Escanaba River in Michigan is 19 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The campgrounds here at Escanaba River are pretty good. Since you're
    on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might
end up sleeping in your car. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so pack your camp stove.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of people from Little
Lake come to Escanaba River. Escanaba River gets a typical amount of yearly rainfall. The wettest month of the year is usually September, that's the one that rains the most, and the driest of the months is February. Through the warmest time of the year at Escanaba River temperatures are commonly in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures plunge down into the 50's. High temperatures during the winter are normally in the 20's; nighttime lows during the winter for Escanaba River tend to be in the 0's.

Escanaba River, Gwinn to River 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 Escanaba River.
 Whitewater Near Escanaba River:
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Gwinn to River Road)
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Highway Camp Ground to Boney Falls Basin)
Escanaba River - East Branch, Marquette County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.25 miles long (Section 20 Bridge to O'Neal Creek confluence)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.9 miles long (Cataract Basin Dam to powerhouse)
Escanaba River, Delta County, 13 miles away
      Class II(III) - 17 miles long (Boney Falls Dam to CR420)
Chocolay River, Marquette County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.2 miles long (Highway 41 to Cty Road BH)
Carp River, Marquette County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Carp Lake dam to CR553)
Carp River, Marquette County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (CR553 to Highway 41)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.6 miles long (1.2 mile above CR565 to 0.4 mile below CR565)
Dead River, Marquette County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6.9 miles long (McClure Dam to Forestville Road)
 Ski Areas Near Escanaba River:
Marquette, Michigan , 15 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 29 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 38 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 90 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Hidden Valley, Wisconsin , 95 miles away, 200 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
 Hotels Near Escanaba River:
Americas Best Value Inn Marquette, Marquette , 15 miles away
Econo Lodge Lakeside, Marquette , 16 miles away
Hampton Inn Marquette-Waterfront MI, Marquette , 17 miles away
Ramada Marquette, Marquette , 17 miles away
Landmark Inn, Marquette , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Escanaba River:
Farquar-Metsa Tourist Park, Gwinn, 5 miles away
Little Lake State Forest Campground, Little Lake, 6 miles away
Anderson Lake West State Forest Campground, Gwinn, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Escanaba River:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising - MI , 55 miles away
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Michigan , 25 miles away
J. W. Wells State Park, Michigan , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Escanaba River:
Red Fox Run Golf Course, Gwinn , 8 miles away
Homestead Golf Course, Marquette , 14 miles away
Marquette Golf & Country Club, Marquette , 16 miles away

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