Michigamme, Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|MIDDLE BRANCH ESCANABA RIVER NR PRINCETON, MI|
|usgs-04058100||200 - 2000 cfs||I-II||01h21m||~ 83.7 cfs (too low)|
|Likely too low for areas of rapids/gradient. (Non-gradient areas likely boatable at all flows.) 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.|
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.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.5||USGS sampling site||N/A|
|1.1||First narrow rapids||N/A|
USGS lists a site here with drainage area of 240 square miles.
A good narrowing of the river produces a fine chute and wave train, which may continue a bit downstream around an island.
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.