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').
|MIDDLE BRANCH ESCANABA RIVER AT HUMBOLDT, MI|
|usgs-04057800||120 - 420 cfs||III-V(V+)||01h28m||~ 24.3 cfs (too low)|
|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.
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