Carp (Marquette), Michigan, US
C) 'Lower': CR553 (Marquette Mtn.) to Hwy.41 (2.0 miles)
||II-III (for normal flows)
MIDDLE BRANCH ESCANABA RIVER AT HUMBOLDT, MI
120 - 420 cfs
Possible ELF (Extreme Low Flow) run. (Possibly 100-160cfs). (We need your input! Add a comment about gauge reading and corresponding runnability/difficulty.) Ref.gauge (M.Br.Escanaba, 46sq.mi.) may provide some correlation (not assured). Flow here could be ~1.33-1.5 times gauge.
This is a wonderful, fairly continuous stretch. At low to moderate flows, it may be suitable for
novice paddlers. At higher flows, it may be best reserved for aggressive
intermediate-to-advanced paddlers (with appropriate caution and safety). There are no significant
(named) drops which stand out, but the whole section is a rush if you catch it
at high water (I.E., a "full pipe")! Due to fast current, narrow and winding stream,
small to non-existent eddies, and high potential for strainers, the subjective rating of this
section (at high water) is somewhat higher than the actual rapids would otherwise merit. (That
is, the rapids still only rate class II-III, but you better have class III-IV skills and safety
From CR553, there is at least 1.5 miles of unrelenting gradient at 114FPM, before things peter
out for the flat-but-flowing paddle to the take-out. If the dirt road at the take-out is
passable, it is possible to drive upstream to its cul-de-sac, thus cutting out most of the
flatwater. At present there is a tree in the river and bright plastic tape tied around tree
trunks at this point on the river, providing excellent markers for this spot. The parking is a
short carry up a good path from the river.
Many boaters will combine this reach with a run on the (more challenging) upper. See Upper Carp for description
of that reach.
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Last Updated: 2015-03-11 18:13:07