Canoeing the Marengo-Bad
River to the Bad River-
Ashland County-12 miles-The Marengo
River is largely spring fed and is
likely to be runnable during most
of the summer. During thesummer the
Bad River is generally too shallow
to run. Put in at the bridge due north
of the town of Highbridge. 1/2 mile
into the trip you pass the mouth of
Silver Creek where there is a short
Class 1 rapids.Watch out for downed
trees in this narrow part of the river.
At the 2 mile point is Billy Creek
with another Class 1 rapids just below
this. At 4.5 miles you merge with
the Bad River. At about 7 miles the
Potato River enters from the right.
A little while after that the Soo
Line trestle crosses the river. Take
out at Elm Hoist bridge. The Elm Hoist
Trail is really a dirt road so you
will probably need a 4-wheel drive.
County-19 miles-The river is best
run in spring when the water is higher.
Put in at the Elm Hoist Trail Bridge.At
two miles there is a Class II rapids.
At 3.5 miles you come to the Bad River
Falls.This must be portaged. There
is a footpath on the right bank. At
8 miles Camerons Creek enters from
the left. The first bridge upstream
from Odanah is the recommended take-out.