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Michigan whitewater, Yellow Dog River

Marquette county, Mulligan Truck Trail to CR510 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(V+)     8.3 miles
  This stretch of Yellow Dog River in Marquette County is 8.3 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III(V+) section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Michigan is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The scenic beauty of Michigan and the water flowing gracefully down Yellow Dog River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Some people
    prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. There's camping available near Yellow Dog River. 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. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. The Mulligan Truck Trail to CR510 stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more.

about the general area:
If you're going to Yellow Dog River from Big Bay, you won't be the only one, and going for a hike on the Holyoke Trail is always a great adventure. If you want to hit the beach, Squaw Beach is in close proximity. All through the warm months, highs generally are in the 70's at Yellow Dog River while nighttime lows are commonly in the 50's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 20's, and night lows at Yellow Dog River during the wintertime mostly fall into the 0's. The annual precipitation here at Yellow Dog River is about average. For the period of the month of September you get the most rain around here while February is typically the driest month.

Yellow Dog River, Mulligan Truck Trail to CR510 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 Yellow Dog River.
 Whitewater Near Yellow Dog River:
Yellow Dog River, Marquette County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 8.3 miles long (Mulligan Truck Trail to CR510)
Yellow Dog River, Marquette County, 4 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.1 miles long (CR510 to CR550)
Salmon Trout River, Marquette County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 8.7 miles long (Confluence of W Br Close to Cty 550)
Big Garlic River, Marquette County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 3.3 miles long (Goldmine Road to Cty 550)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 9.3 miles long (White City Falls to 1 mile above CR565)
Dead River, Marquette County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6.9 miles long (McClure Dam to Forestville Road)
Huron River - East Br., Baraga County, 20 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 5.6 miles long (AAA Road to Skanee Rd)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 20 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.6 miles long (1.2 mile above CR565 to 0.4 mile below CR565)
Huron River - West Br., Baraga County, 22 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 3.9 miles long (Black C Highway Road to logging ford)
Michigamme River, Marquette County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.5 miles long (Lake Michigamme to Moose River Camp Ground)
 Ski Areas Near Yellow Dog River:
Marquette, Michigan , 27 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 , 65 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 72 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
 Beaches Near Yellow Dog River:
Squaw Beach, Marquette , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Yellow Dog River:
Jasper Ridge Inn Ishpeming, Ishpeming , 12 miles away
Magnuson Hotel Country Inn, Ishpeming , 12 miles away
Cedar Motor Inn, Marquette , 16 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Marquette, MI, Marquette , 25 miles away
Comfort Suites Marquette, Marquette , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yellow Dog River:
Perkins County Park, Big Bay, 6 miles away
Country Village RV Park, Ishpeming, 12 miles away
Michigamme Shores Campground, Champion, 16 miles away
 Trails Near Yellow Dog River:
Holyoke Trail, Marquette , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Yellow Dog River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 57 miles away
Van Riper State Park, Michigan , 17 miles away
Craig Lake State Park, Michigan , 27 miles away
Fort Wilkins State Park, Michigan , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yellow Dog River:
Wawonowin Country Club, Champion , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Yellow Dog River
Mountain Lake, Marquette , 12 miles away
Greenwood Reservoir, Marquette , 13 miles away
Sunson Lake, Marquette , 20 miles away

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