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Michigan whitewater, Ontonagon River - West Branch

Ontonagon county, Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     13.4 miles
  The Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam stretch of Ontonagon River - West Branch in Ontonagon County is 13.4 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Michigan are easier than the national norm, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The beautiful scenery of Ontonagon County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the
    stream have people coming here. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your
sleeping bag. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. The beauty of the Gogebic Range is a great plus for this river. The starting  
location is a reasonable drive from Houghton, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to bump into some cheerful folks from Ewen here. While you're here at Ontonagon River - West Branch you can take a hike along the North Country National Scenic Trail; do put some time aside to spend at Sandstone Falls if you're here at Ontonagon River - West Branch. This is such a great river. Ottawa National Forest is both magnificent and beautiful, and it's near Ontonagon River - West Branch, and Gleason Creek Falls is a perfect local attraction.

Ontonagon River - West Branch, Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam 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 - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Ontonagon River - West Branch:
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.4 miles long (Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Victoria Falls dam to Victoria Dam Road)
Ontonagon River - South Branch, Ontonagon County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 19.4 miles long (Highway 28 to W Br Ontonagon)
Baltimore River, Ontonagon County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.4 miles long (Highway 45 to Highway 45)
Sandstone Creek, Ontonagon County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Roadside along Highway 45)
Ontonagon River, Ontonagon County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.1 miles long (Highway 45 to Ontonagon)
Ontonagon River East Branch, Ontonagon County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (East Branch Road to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Highway 2 to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 7.7 miles long (Below Bond Falls to Highway 28)
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 - West Branch:
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 25 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 46 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 48 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 52 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 55 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 76 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 77 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 87 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
 Marinas Near Ontonagon River - West Branch:
Marina Ontonagon, Ontonagon , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Ontonagon River - West Branch:
AmericInn Silver City, Silver City , 9 miles away
Wild Eagle Lodge, Eagle River , 35 miles away
BEST WESTERN Derby Inn, Eagle River , 35 miles away
Days Inn Eagle River, Eagle River , 35 miles away
Super 8 Eagle River, Eagle River , 36 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ontonagon River - West Branch:
River Pines RV Park and Campgrounds, Ontonagon, 9 miles away
Tom's Tours and Campground, Ontonagon, 10 miles away
Ontonagon Township Park, Ontonagon, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Ontonagon River - West Branch:
North Country National Scenic Trail, Ontonagon , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ontonagon River - West Branch:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 56 miles away
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 69 miles away
Ottawa National Forest, Michigan , 13 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 21 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Michigan , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ontonagon River - West Branch:
Ontonagon Golf Club, Ontonagon , 7 miles away
Perttus Big Spruce Golf Course, Bruce Crossing , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Ontonagon River - West Branch
County Line Lake, Ontonagon , 16 miles away
Beatons Lake, Gogebic , 17 miles away

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