Dropping through the Gogebic Range only six or so miles to the west of it's better known tributary, the Brunsweiler, the Marengo has a larger watershed and may serve as a good alternative should the Brunsweiler be a little low. The rating is an educated guess as I have no concrete data at this time. Some of the lower gradient water could be eliminated by locating a put-in off Marengo River Rd (located just east of the bridge) about 1.6 miles from Town Hall Rd and a take-out at the end of Stienstra Rd (located about a quarter mile south of the bridge on Four Corner). This would yield a run of 8.2 miles with an average gradient of 31'/mile.
Note that on the Topo map, the portion of the Marengo immediately downstream of the put-in is mislabeled as Hawkens Creek.
USGS lists a sampling site at E.Altamont Road citing drainage area of 49.7 square miles.
*This is a virtual gauge. The only currently active USGS gauge on this watershed is well downstream on the Bad River, thus is not completely reliable for water levels in this reach. Specifically (obviously) this reach will flow sooner than the downstream gauge rises to a level which results in the virtual gauge showing as 'boatable'. Similarly, this reach will fall to unboatable levels well before the downstream gauge falls enough to flag this reach as unboatable.
Visual inspection is recommended.
The listed "recommended minimum" is based off of the '10% flow' (which tends to be a good starting point to approximate the runnability of many 'upper Midwest' whitewater streams). The listed "recommended maximum" is a 'guesstimation' based solely upon streams of similar sized and character. As such, both of these values are highly tentative. We encourage anyone who has run this river, and who can provide info ('data points') on gauge readings versus runnability, to do so. (Please use the "Comments" tab, "Add a comment" button.)
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