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Michigan whitewater, Michigamme River

Marquette county, Witbeck Rapids section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     2.5 miles
  If you're coming from Iron Mountain it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Michigan tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The wonderful Marquette County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream
     make the trip here worthwhile. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The Witbeck Rapids stretch of Michigamme River in Marquette County is 2.5 miles long and has been determined
by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. This stretch is short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure
 
    to encounter some great folks from Channing here; Van Riper State Park is a fine place to stretch your legs a bit. From a rain point of view Michigamme River is a quite normal place. The month with most of the rain is June,
  and the driest of the months is February. Through the warmest time of the year at Michigamme River highs are ordinarily in the 70's, and the night is a little colder of course, commonly in the 50's. Through the winter this place gets highs in the 20's; after the sun is down during the wintertime temperatures at Michigamme River plunge into the-10's.

Michigamme River, Witbeck Rapids 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 Michigamme River.
 Whitewater Near Michigamme River:
Michigamme River, MarquetteCounty, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.5 miles long (Witbeck Rapids)
Michigamme River, MarquetteCounty, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.5 miles long (Lake Michigamme to Moose River Camp Ground)
Escanaba River - Middle Branch, MarquetteCounty, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 9.3 miles long (White City Falls to 1 mile above CR565)
Brule River, FlorenceCounty, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.4 miles long (Brule River Dam to Ryneers Road)
Yellow Dog River, MarquetteCounty, 23 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 8.3 miles long (Mulligan Truck Trail to CR510)
Paint River, IronCounty, 24 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2.8 miles long (Little Bull Dam to Horserace Rapids)
Menominee River, MarinetteCounty, 24 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.9 miles long (Niagara to Highway 8)
Peshekee River, Baraga/MarquetteCounty, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.9 miles long (Peshekee Grade to Highway 41)
Salmon Trout River, MarquetteCounty, 25 miles away
      Class III-V - 8.7 miles long (Confluence of W Br Close to Cty 550)
Whitewater Outfitter - Kosirs Rapid Rafts, MarinetteCounty, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Michigamme River:
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 25 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 40 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 51 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 68 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Hidden Valley, Wisconsin , 97 miles away, 200 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
 Hotels Near Michigamme River:
Super 8 Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain , 21 miles away
Comfort Inn Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain , 22 miles away
Budget Host Inn Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain , 22 miles away
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites IRON MOUNTAIN, Iron Mountain , 22 miles away
Days Inn Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Michigamme River:
Silver Lake Resort, Channing, 5 miles away
Michigamme Shores Campground, Champion, 11 miles away
Norway Lake Park Paystation, Felch, 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Michigamme River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 57 miles away
Van Riper State Park, Michigan , 12 miles away
Craig Lake State Park, Michigan , 20 miles away
Bewabic State Park, Michigan , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Michigamme River:
Wawonowin Country Club, Champion , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Michigamme River
Little Squaw Lake, Marquette , 5 miles away
Sunson Lake, Marquette , 7 miles away
Lake Michigamme, Marquette , 12 miles away

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