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Michigan whitewater, Ontonagon River - Middle Branch

Ontonagon county, Highway 2 to Highway 45 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     25 miles
  This section of Ontonagon River - Middle Branch is 25 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Michigan and the cool fresh water beats anything. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. There arenít any
    hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. If
you're coming from Houghton 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. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time  
outdoors have people coming from far and near. The Highway 2 to Highway 45 section is one of many paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're popping by Ontonagon River - Middle Branch from Bruce Crossing, you won't be the only one. Take a hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail, and a tour to Three Rapids will fill your spirit with great feelings. This river is so wonderful. Going to Ottawa National Forest in close proximity to Ontonagon River - Middle Branch is a delightful thing to do. The warmest time of the year at Ontonagon River - Middle Branch comes with high temperatures in the 70's, and during the night it cools down to the 50's.

Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Highway 2 to Highway 45 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:
Baltimore River, Ontonagon County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.4 miles long (Highway 45 to Highway 45)
Sandstone Creek, Ontonagon County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Roadside along Highway 45)
Ontonagon River, Ontonagon County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.1 miles long (Highway 45 to Ontonagon)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Highway 2 to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River East Branch, Ontonagon County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (East Branch Road to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Victoria Falls dam to Victoria Dam Road)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 7.7 miles long (Below Bond Falls to Highway 28)
Ontonagon River - South Branch, Ontonagon County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 19.4 miles long (Highway 28 to W Br Ontonagon)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Gobebic/Ontonagon County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 8.4 miles long (Burned Dam Camp Ground to Bond Falls Flowage)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.4 miles long (Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 38 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 40 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 59 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 60 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 67 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 82 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 88 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 88 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 95 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
 Marinas Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
Marina Ontonagon, Ontonagon , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
AmericInn Silver City, Silver City , 20 miles away
Wild Eagle Lodge, Eagle River , 31 miles away
BEST WESTERN Derby Inn, Eagle River , 32 miles away
Days Inn Eagle River, Eagle River , 33 miles away
Super 8 Eagle River, Eagle River , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
Stannard Township Park, Bruce Crossing, 4 miles away
Bond Falls Flowage, Watersmeet, 9 miles away
Paulging Pond Campground and Picnic Area, Ontonagon County, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
North Country National Scenic Trail, Ontonagon , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 46 miles away
Ottawa National Forest, Michigan , 14 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Michigan , 23 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch:
Perttus Big Spruce Golf Course, Bruce Crossing , 5 miles away
Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course, Watersmeet , 15 miles away
Ontonagon Golf Club, Ontonagon , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Ontonagon River - Middle Branch
Courtney Lake, Ontonagon , 15 miles away
County Line Lake, Ontonagon , 16 miles away
Kvidera Lake, Gogebic , 17 miles away

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