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Michigan whitewater, Escanaba River

Delta county, Boney Falls Dam to CR420 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     17 miles
I have floated the Escanaba River years ago. We always did it in early spring to take advantage of the high water of spring run off. In June our church kayak club ran the river, and found the water flow was way down. In some spots it barely covered the rocks in the river. Two weeks later our son and a friend tried it and they ended up pulling out and walking as the flow was so low. recommend those wishing to make the run to check out: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mi/nwis/uv?04059000

river flows below 1000 cubic feet per second will leave the river low. High flows of course gives more white water in the rapids!

Also for a bit shorter trip you can put in at Burnt Camp access sight which
is about a mile SE of Cornell on County Road 426.

On the Boney Falls put in watch for Bald Eagles as there are currently three nest pair backing their home on the backwater of the dam. They love to fish the river lower river which is a great trout steam. Also along the river are whitetail deer, black bear and many different birds. Says Charlie Myers

The put-in location is a short drive from Escanaba, as you can see on the
road map further down. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Michigan are often more forgiving than in other states, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too many other spots for that. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. The nature scenery of Delta County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The Boney Falls Dam to CR420 section of Escanaba River is 17 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II(III) section of whitewater.

Escanaba River, Boney Falls Dam to CR420 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

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These outdoors activities are available near Escanaba River.
 Whitewater Near Escanaba River:
Escanaba River, Delta County, 7 miles away
      Class II(III) - 17 miles long (Boney Falls Dam to CR420)
Ford River, Delta County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.75 miles long (Highway 2 to Highway 35)
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Highway Camp Ground to Boney Falls Basin)
Chocolay River, Marquette County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.2 miles long (Highway 41 to Cty Road BH)
Escanaba River, Marquette County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Gwinn to River Road)
Escanaba River - East Branch, Marquette County, 29 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.25 miles long (Section 20 Bridge to O'Neal Creek confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Escanaba River:
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 11 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 33 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 48 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Hidden Valley, Wisconsin , 88 miles away, 200 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Homestead, Michigan , 97 miles away, 320 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Escanaba River:
Gladston City Harbor, Gladstone , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Escanaba River:
Quality Inn & Suites, Escanaba , 9 miles away
Super 8 Escanaba, Escanaba , 9 miles away
Country Hearth Inn Escanaba, Escanaba , 9 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Escanaba, Escanaba , 9 miles away
Comfort Suites Escanaba, Escanaba , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Escanaba River:
Boney Falls Basin, Cornell, 7 miles away
Camp Seven Lake Campground - Hiawatha National Forest, Escanaba, 10 miles away
Carp River Campground - Hiawatha National Forest, Escanaba, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Escanaba River:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising - MI , 46 miles away
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Michigan , 25 miles away
J. W. Wells State Park, Michigan , 28 miles away
Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Escanaba River:
Woody's Run, Escanaba , 6 miles away
Terrace Bluff Golf & Country Club, Gladstone , 9 miles away
Irish Oaks Golf Course, Gladstone , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Escanaba River
Lake Minnewasca, Delta , 10 miles away

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