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Michigan whitewater, Yellow Dog River

Marquette county, CR510 to CR550 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V     5.1 miles
  The CR510 to CR550 section of Yellow Dog River in Michigan is 5.1 miles long and is a class II-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Michigan and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The average Michigan whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers in this state
    are suitable for beginners. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are campgrounds
quite near the river where you can camp. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. The starting location is a short drive from Marquette, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There  
are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
Squaw Beach is in the vicinity of Yellow Dog River if you're in a beach type of mood, and you can go for a hike on the Holyoke Trail. You'll meet a lot of people from Big Bay here. Yellow Dog River is a good spot of common rainfall. Through September this area sees the most rain while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. During the summer months here at Yellow Dog River, high temperatures ordinarily get into the 70's, and throughout the night it cools down to the 50's.

Yellow Dog River, CR510 to CR550 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, 2 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.1 miles long (CR510 to CR550)
Big Garlic River, Marquette County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 3.3 miles long (Goldmine Road to Cty 550)
Yellow Dog River, Marquette County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 8.3 miles long (Mulligan Truck Trail to CR510)
Salmon Trout River, Marquette County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V - 8.7 miles long (Confluence of W Br Close to Cty 550)
Dead River, Marquette County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6.9 miles long (McClure Dam to Forestville Road)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, Marquette County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 9.3 miles long (White City Falls to 1 mile above CR565)
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)
Carp River, Marquette County, 20 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Carp Lake dam to CR553)
Dead River, Marquette County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.3 miles long (CR 550 Bridge)
Carp River, Marquette County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (CR553 to Highway 41)
 Ski Areas Near Yellow Dog River:
Marquette, Michigan , 22 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 47 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 61 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 78 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
 Beaches Near Yellow Dog River:
Squaw Beach, Marquette , 4 miles away
 Hotels Near Yellow Dog River:
Jasper Ridge Inn Ishpeming, Ishpeming , 11 miles away
Magnuson Hotel Country Inn, Ishpeming , 11 miles away
Cedar Motor Inn, Marquette , 12 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Marquette, MI, Marquette , 19 miles away
Comfort Suites Marquette, Marquette , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yellow Dog River:
Perkins County Park, Big Bay, 4 miles away
Country Village RV Park, Ishpeming, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Yellow Dog River:
Holyoke Trail, Marquette , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Yellow Dog River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 63 miles away
Van Riper State Park, Michigan , 23 miles away
Craig Lake State Park, Michigan , 34 miles away
Fort Wilkins State Park, Michigan , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yellow Dog River:
Wawonowin Country Club, Champion , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Yellow Dog River
Greenwood Reservoir, Marquette , 16 miles away
Mountain Lake, Marquette , 17 miles away

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