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Michigan whitewater, Ontonagon River - South Branch

Ontonagon county, Highway 28 to W Br Ontonagon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     19.4 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. The starting location is a short drive from Houghton, as you can see on the road map further down. There's camping available near Ontonagon River - South Branch. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want
    to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. When you're paddling down a Gogebic Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This stretch is long
enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The Highway 28 to W Br Ontonagon stretch of Ontonagon River - South Branch in Michigan is 19.4 miles long and is a class I-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The wonderful Ontonagon County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water  
will make you feel great. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Bruce Crossing here, and you can have a great hiking adventure along the North Country National Scenic Trail. Yep, outdoors amusing stuff truly is abundant here in the Gogebic Range. Ottawa National Forest is a good location to explore on a lovely day. A typical amount of rain falls here at Ontonagon River - South Branch.

Ontonagon River - South Branch, Highway 28 to W Br Ontonagon road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Ontonagon River - South Branch.
 Whitewater Near Ontonagon River - South Branch:
Ontonagon River - South Branch, Ontonagon County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 19.4 miles long (Highway 28 to W Br Ontonagon)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Victoria Falls dam to Victoria Dam Road)
Baltimore River, Ontonagon County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.4 miles long (Highway 45 to Highway 45)
Sandstone Creek, Ontonagon County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Roadside along Highway 45)
Ontonagon River, Ontonagon County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.1 miles long (Highway 45 to Ontonagon)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.4 miles long (Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Highway 2 to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 7.7 miles long (Below Bond Falls to Highway 28)
Ontonagon River East Branch, Ontonagon County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (East Branch Road to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River, Ontonagon County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 9.7 miles long (Thayer Road to FS Road 178)
 Ski Areas Near Ontonagon River - South Branch:
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 29 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 47 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 50 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 52 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 58 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 80 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 80 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 85 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
 Marinas Near Ontonagon River - South Branch:
Marina Ontonagon, Ontonagon , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Ontonagon River - South Branch:
AmericInn Silver City, Silver City , 13 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 , 32 miles away
Super 8 Eagle River, Eagle River , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ontonagon River - South Branch:
Stannard Township Park, Bruce Crossing, 6 miles away
Tom's Tours and Campground, Ontonagon, 11 miles away
Robbins Pond Campground, Ontonagon County, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Ontonagon River - South Branch:
North Country National Scenic Trail, Ontonagon , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ontonagon River - South Branch:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 54 miles away
Ottawa National Forest, Michigan , 10 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 23 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Michigan , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ontonagon River - South Branch:
Perttus Big Spruce Golf Course, Bruce Crossing , 6 miles away
Ontonagon Golf Club, Ontonagon , 11 miles away
Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course, Watersmeet , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Ontonagon River - South Branch
County Line Lake, Ontonagon , 13 miles away
Beatons Lake, Gogebic , 16 miles away
Clark Lake, Gogebic , 19 miles away

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