Michigamme, Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||12 fpm|
|Max Gradient||12 fpm|
|MIDDLE BRANCH ESCANABA RIVER NR PRINCETON, MI|
|usgs-04058100||150 - 1050 cfs||I-II||00h50m||~ 108 cfs (too low)|
|Almost certainly too low for whitewater. (Areas of non-gradient likely boatable at nearly any flows.) Reference gauge (M.Br.Esc. near Princeton, 210sq.mi.) may understate flows, approximate conversion may be 1.333*gauge. Correlation not assured.|
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.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
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!
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.
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.)