Escanaba River

Gwinn, Michigan

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This swift and strong river flows through some of the Upper Peninsula’s most spectacular country. The Escanaba River sweeps through some of the Upper Peninsula’s most attractive and remote woodlands, making it an appealing option for paddlers with a taste for extended wilderness trips. But while the river has many charms—its waters are clear and strong and its scenic shoreline supports a rich variety of wildlife, including mink, otter, coyote, deer, and black bear—the Escanaba’s vulnerability to water-level fluctuations make timing an important factor when planning paddling expeditions on its waters. Canoeists who put in during the spring and other high-water periods, for example, should be seasoned whitewater paddlers. Wilderness trippers, meanwhile, may want to avoid putting in during the height of summer, when very shallow conditions prevail along much of the river.
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Paddling Michigan

by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)

This swift and strong river flows through some of the Upper Peninsula’s most spectacular country. The Escanaba River sweeps through some of the Upper Peninsula’s most attractive and remote woodlands, making it an appealing option for paddlers with a taste for extended wilderness trips. But while the river has many charms—its waters are clear and strong and its scenic shoreline supports a rich variety of wildlife, including mink, otter, coyote, deer, and black bear—the Escanaba’s vulnerability to water-level fluctuations make timing an important factor when planning paddling expeditions on its waters.

Canoeists who put in during the spring and other high-water periods, for example, should be seasoned whitewater paddlers. Wilderness trippers, meanwhile, may want to avoid putting in during the height of summer, when very shallow conditions prevail along much of the river.

©  Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Gwinn
Distance: 47
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 15 - 20 hours
Class: Class I-III
Season: Best May - June, September - October
Local Contacts: Escanaba River State Forest
Local Maps: USGS Gwinn, Anderson Lake, Swimming Hole Creek, Woodland, Cornell, Perkins, Gladstone
Driving Directions: Directions to Escanaba River

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