Gauge Description:

Flow is moderated by dams upstream of run thus increasing the window of runnability slightly.

Visual from CR553 bridge (near Marquette Mountain Ski Area, at listed take-out for upper section, put-in for lower section) or visual inspection of rapids below dam at put-in.

At high flows, this run will be a real hands-full, and boaters should proceed with caution as there are many twists and turns, and the river is prone to having deadfall and snags since it seldom gets a chance to 'flush'. Boaters must be ready to catch 'one-boat-eddies'. With low-to-moderate flows the run is much more forgiving.

Best month to catch it is April, May (about half as likely), October and November (about half that likely), or immediately after heavy summer thunderstorms.

Gauge/flow analysis (based on gauge data 1961-07-01 through 1986-11-30): Drainage area at gauge (@Hwy.41) is 51.4 square miles. Minimum mean daily flow was 3.9 cfs (1969.07.29-30), 90% of time flow exceeds 29 cfs, 10% of time flow exceeds 103 cfs, maximum mean daily flow during gauge period was 853 cfs (1985.04.20), making a 10/90 ratio of 3.55 ('flashy-ness': under 3 is fairly steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy').

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MIDDLE BRANCH ESCANABA RIVER AT HUMBOLDT, MI
usgs-04057800 120 - 420 cfs III-V(V+) 01h28m ~ 24.3 cfs (too low)
gauge class Likely too low for reasonable whitewater run. (We need your input! Add a comment about gauge reading and corresponding runnability/difficulty of this run.)
Ref.gauge (M.Br.Escanaba, 46sq.mi.) may provide some correlation (not assured). Flow here could be ~1.33*gauge.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 66 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low III-V(V+) gauge is important or has warning Likely too low for reasonable whitewater run. (We need your input! Add a comment about gauge reading and corresponding runnability/difficulty of this run.)
66 - 120 cfs somewhat Low-barely Low III-V(V+) gauge is important or has warning Possible ELF (Extreme Low Flow) run. (Possibly 100-160cfs). (We need your input! Add a comment about gauge reading and corresponding runnability/difficulty.)
120 - 210 cfs barely runnable-med runnable III-V(V+) gauge is important or has warning Likely low flow (possibly 160-280cfs). (We need your input! Add a comment about gauge reading and corresponding runnability/difficulty of this run.)
210 - 300 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable III-V(V+) gauge is important or has warning Possibly moderate flow (Possibly 280-400cfs). (We need your input! Add a comment about gauge reading and corresponding runnability/difficulty of this run.)
300 - 420 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable III-V(V+) gauge is important or has warning Possibly high flows. (Possibly 400-560cfs). (We need your input! Add a comment about gauge reading and corresponding runnability/difficulty of this run.)
420 - 600 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High III-V(V+) gauge is important or has warning Likely very high flows. (Possibly 560-800cfs). (We need your input! Add a comment about gauge reading and corresponding runnability/difficulty of this run.)
600 -2500 cfs somewhat High-extremely High III-V(V+) gauge is important or has warning Very likely excessive high flows.

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
> 10 years Upper Carp River [MI] Drop 1 Upper Carp: Marquette, MI n/a Evan St. Peter
> 10 years Carp [MI] Carp (Mqt) Entrance Rapid Full-pipe Rob
> 10 years Carp [MI] Mqte Carp good Rob