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Michigan whitewater, Ontonagon River - Middle Branch

Gobebic Ontonagon county, Burned Dam Camp Ground to Bond Falls Flowage section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II(III)     8.4 miles
  This section of Ontonagon River - Middle Branch in Michigan is 8.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II(III) section of whitewater. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Houghton, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to
    get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Burned Dam Camp Ground to Bond Falls
Flowage stretch is just one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The natural beauty of Michigan and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding.  
This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Watersmeet love to come to Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, and don't leave without stopping by Ottawa National Forest. Don't leave Ontonagon River - Middle Branch without first paying a visit to Little Falls. At Ontonagon River - Middle Branch all through the summertime highs are in the 70's while overnight lows are ordinarily in the 50's. During the winter highs are mostly in the 10's; during the dark hours in the winter at Ontonagon River - Middle Branch temperatures sink to the 0's.

Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Burned Dam Camp Ground to Bond Falls Flowage 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 Ontonagon River - Middle Branch.
 Whitewater Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Gobebic/Ontonagon County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 8.4 miles long (Burned Dam Camp Ground to Bond Falls Flowage)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 7.7 miles long (Below Bond Falls to Highway 28)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Highway 2 to Highway 45)
Baltimore River, Ontonagon County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.4 miles long (Highway 45 to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River - South Branch, Ontonagon County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 19.4 miles long (Highway 28 to W Br Ontonagon)
Ontonagon River East Branch, Ontonagon County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (East Branch Road to Highway 45)
Sandstone Creek, Ontonagon County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Roadside along Highway 45)
Ontonagon River, Ontonagon County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.1 miles long (Highway 45 to Ontonagon)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Victoria Falls dam to Victoria Dam Road)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.4 miles long (Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
Ski Brule, Michigan , 31 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 44 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 61 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 63 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 70 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 80 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 89 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 90 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 94 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
Wild Eagle Lodge, Eagle River , 22 miles away
BEST WESTERN Derby Inn, Eagle River , 23 miles away
Days Inn Eagle River, Eagle River , 24 miles away
Bayside Motor Lodge, Eagle River , 24 miles away
Super 8 Eagle River, Eagle River , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
Burned Dam, Trout Creek, 3 miles away
Bond Falls Flowage, Watersmeet, 4 miles away
Marion Lake Campground and Picnic Area, Gogebic County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
North Country National Scenic Trail, Ontonagon , 17 miles away
Kentuck-Spectacle Lake Trail, Vilas , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 52 miles away
Ottawa National Forest, Michigan , 13 miles away
Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin , 27 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Michigan , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course, Watersmeet , 7 miles away
Perttus Big Spruce Golf Course, Bruce Crossing , 10 miles away
Big Sand Lake Golf Course, Phelps , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch
Kvidera Lake, Gogebic , 8 miles away
Stone Lake, Gogebic , 8 miles away
County Line Lake, Ontonagon , 13 miles away

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