Escanaba River Professional Review and Guide
"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."