Ford River

Escanaba, Michigan

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This lively U.P. river is an ideal springtime destination for winter-weary canoeists with an itch to scratch. The Ford River is a relatively unheralded but nonetheless delightful Upper Peninsula river that offers fine day-trip opportunities from late April through early June. During those few weeks, spring runoff swells the Ford’s volume to levels that make it a swift and spirited river. As summer approaches, though, the stream’s water level drops significantly and the river becomes a much less enjoyable river to float. Indeed, bump-and-scrape conditions typically prevail through significant sections of the stream by early summer. Explore the Ford in springtime, then, when its cold, clear waters are still foaming and jumping.
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Paddling Michigan

by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)

This lively U.P. river is an ideal springtime destination for winter-weary canoeists with an itch to scratch. The Ford River is a relatively unheralded but nonetheless delightful Upper Peninsula river that offers fine day-trip opportunities from late April through early June. During those few weeks, spring runoff swells the Ford’s volume to levels that make it a swift and spirited river.

As summer approaches, though, the stream’s water level drops significantly and the river becomes a much less enjoyable river to float. Indeed, bump-and-scrape conditions typically prevail through significant sections of the stream by early summer. Explore the Ford in springtime, then, when its cold, clear waters are still foaming and jumping.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Escanaba
Distance: 16
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 - 7 hours
Class: Class I-III
Season: Best April - May, October
Local Contacts: Escanaba River State Forest
Local Maps: USGS Schaeffer, Chandler, Ford River
Driving Directions: Directions to Ford River

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