Carp (Marquette) - A) River View Drive to Michigan Iron Industry Museum (1.67-2.0 miles)


Carp (Marquette), Michigan, US

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A) River View Drive to Michigan Iron Industry Museum (1.67-2.0 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 1.67 Miles
Avg. Gradient 35 fpm
Max Gradient 60 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MIDDLE BRANCH ESCANABA RIVER AT HUMBOLDT, MI
usgs-04057800 100 - 600 cfs II-IV 02h06m ~ 63.9 cfs (too low)
Almost certainly too low for adequate depth in gradient areas. Reference gauge (M.Br.Escanaba, 46 sq.mi.) *may* slightly overstate flow here (drainage ~40 sq.mi.). Correlation not assured.


River Description

Put-in likely requires permission from private property. Absent being able to secure that, it may be possible to park and carry up from Heritage Drive (or skip the upper gradient and just put in at Heritage). Take-out is at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum. Again, if use of this site for patking and take-out is disputed, it may be necessary to continue another 1/3-mile of flatwater downriver to Forge Road (at the Negaunee Cemetery).

This stretch includes a couple good areas of gradient, including "Upper Carp River Falls".


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-03-11 19:42:54

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.3Warm-upN/A
0.7Hwy.28/41I
0.9More low-grade rapidsII
1.0Upper Carp River FallsIVWaterfall
2.0Alternate take-outN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Warm-up (Class N/A, Mile 0.3)

Drainage area at listed put-in may be in the neighborhood of 40 square miles.



Hwy.28/41 (Class I, Mile 0.7)

Just downstream of these bridges, some low-grade rapids will be encountered.



Upper Carp River Falls (Class IV, Mile 1.0)

After you pass under Hwy.28/41, the river heads WSW to parallel the highway for a bit. As it takes a sharp left (South) bend, and another left (heading East), then a right (South), as it drops through the highlight of this run, Upper Carp River Falls.

Description and photos of these drops are available at: Waterfalls of the Keweenaw.

Nearly a half-mile of low-grade run-out rapids take you nearly to the Museum for your (earliest possible) take-out.




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