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Difficulty I-II
Length 2 Miles
Gauge ~ MIDDLE BRANCH ESCANABA RIVER NR PRINCETON, MI
Flow Range 200 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 56 minutes ago 136 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 03/09/2015 4:54 pm

River Description


If parking and access can be found (and are not disputed) around the dam, it appears there is a potentially fun short run to be had. A rip-snorting start (or park-and-play?) by the dam is followed by significantly ponded areas linking narrows and swifts. Access appears to be available for take-out via unimproved road toward the river opposite Poplar Street.

Rapid Descriptions

USGS sampling site

Class - N/A Mile - 0.5
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USGS lists a site here with drainage area of 240 square miles.

First narrow rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 1.14
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A good narrowing of the river produces a fine chute and wave train, which may continue a bit downstream around an island.

Second Chute

Class - N/A Mile - 1.67
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After a few slight twists and turns, the river narrows a bit further, producing another fine chute, as the river passes two homes (river-right). Just as strong currents die out, your take-out for this short stretch will be on river-right.

It is certainly possible to continue downstream to the next listed section. It is nearly 7 full miles of very predominantly flatwater (a couple minor brief rips), so those primarily interested in whitewater may prefer to take-out at this point.

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MIDDLE BRANCH ESCANABA RIVER NR PRINCETON, MI
AW Gauge Info
136 cfs ℹ️ 00h56m Reference gauge (M.Br.Esc. near Princeton, drainage 210 square miles) may slightly understate flows here (flow may be 1.1428*gauge). Correlation not assured.
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