Michigamme - C) Witbeck Rapids (3.78 miles)


Michigamme, Michigan, US

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C) Witbeck Rapids (3.78 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 3.78 Miles
Avg. Gradient 12 fpm
Max Gradient 12 fpm

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Photo by Ivan Bartha taken 08/22/13 @ 475 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MIDDLE BRANCH ESCANABA RIVER NR PRINCETON, MI
usgs-04058100 150 - 1050 cfs I-II 01h48m ~ 187 cfs (running)
Likely low-to-moderate flow (200-600 cfs). (Help your fellow boaters by adding a comment or report about gauge levels and boatability/difficulty.) Reference gauge (M.Br.Esc. near Princeton, 210sq.mi.) may understate flows, approximate conversion may be 1.333*gauge. Correlation not assured.


River Description

Jason Cowell provides:

The run consists of about 1 mile of decent (class 2) big-water rapids in the spring . It is a very easy stretch of boulder-bed rapids, and is a popular spring/summer canoe run. There is a set of waves at the end of the run that are a larger version of those found on other local rivers such as the Peshekee and the Paint.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-03-09 18:05:04

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.3Rapids beginN/A
1.6Second WindN/A
3.8Take-outN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Rapids begin (Class N/A, Mile 0.3)

You'll pass houses (on river-left) at about 0.1 and 0.2 miles into the run, and the rapids will begin very soon after, and scarcely let up until a full mile later!



Second Wind (Class N/A, Mile 1.6)

After a brief let-up (from the first mile-long rapids), lighter rapids pick up again for nearly 3/4-mile, at which point you will have about 1.5 miles of flat/flowing water to the take-out.



Take-out (Class N/A, Mile 3.8)

Interesting! If you zoom-in to full resolution on 'Satellite' view, you will see a vehicle and two canoes at the take-out! (At least, as of present satellite images, Spring, 2015.)




User Comments

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August 25 2013 (1459 days ago)
Ivan BarthaDetails
We paddled from the Whitbeck Rapids put in to the Chain of Lakes Rd. but could not find anyone at
the adjacent camp to talk about parking permission. It would be good karma for the UP paddlers to
post a contact for parking at the above take out. The take out is an eroded, steep sand back that
could benefit from a little rip rap which might be a good trade for access. We ran it as part of an
ACA L2 River Canoe Skills Assessment on 8/22/13. It was roughly 475 cfs, pretty boney but also a
great place to take new river canoeists to practice. We found everything we needed for teaching
which was fortunate, especially in August. Would definitely use this venue again!


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