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Michigan whitewater, Gratiot River

Keweenaw county, Highway 41 to Lower Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     9.4 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Keweenaw County and the water flowing gracefully down Gratiot River have people coming here. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Houghton, as you can see on the road map further down. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Michigan you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're visiting
    here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. This
stretch of Gratiot River is 9.4 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of folks from Ahmeek come to Gratiot River. From a precipitation point of view Gratiot
 
River is a relatively common location. January is the month that gets the most snow; April is the month with the least moisture. All through the warmest time of the year at Gratiot River temperatures are mostly in the 70's. Summer nighttime lows dip down to the 50's. During the winter this place gets highs in the 20's; winter nights come with lows in the 0's to Gratiot River.

Gratiot River, Highway 41 to Lower Falls road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Gratiot River.
 Whitewater Near Gratiot River:
Gratiot River, Keweenaw County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.4 miles long (Highway 41 to Lower Falls)
Eagle River, Keweenaw County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.3 miles long (Phoenix to Eagle River Falls)
Montreal River, Keweenaw County, 26 miles away
      Class I(IV) - 13.8 miles long (Logging Road to Lake Superior)
Slate River, Baraga County, 27 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.7 miles long (Silver Road to Skanee Road)
Silver River, Baraga County, 27 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 4.2 miles long (Arvon Road to Silver Falls Park)
Ravine River, Baraga County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (Silver Road to Skanee Road)
Silver River, Baraga County, 29 miles away
      Class III-V - 2.3 miles long (Silver Road to Arvon Road)
Slate River, Baraga County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.5 miles long (Arvon quarry to Quartzite Falls)
Falls River, Baraga County, 29 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Mead Road to Lake Superior)
 Ski Areas Near Gratiot River:
Ski Brule, Michigan , 65 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 77 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 80 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 81 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 91 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Gratiot River:
Markham's Marina, Houghton , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Gratiot River:
AmericInn Calumet, Calumet , 7 miles away
Super 8 Houghton, Houghton , 16 miles away
Travelodge Houghton, Houghton , 16 miles away
Ramada Hancock Waterfront, Hancock , 17 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Houghton, MI, Houghton , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gratiot River:
Sunset Bay RV Resort, Allouez, 3 miles away
Gratiot River County Park, Allouez, 5 miles away
Village Park, Lake Linden, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gratiot River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 16 miles away
F. J. McLain State Park, Michigan , 16 miles away
Baraga State Park, Michigan , 28 miles away
Fort Wilkins State Park, Michigan , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gratiot River:
Calumet Golf Course, Calumet , 8 miles away
Portage Lake Golf Course, Houghton , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Gratiot River
Huron Lake, Houghton , 18 miles away

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