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Michigan whitewater, Peshekee River

Baraga Marquette county, Peshekee Grade to Highway 41 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     17.9 miles
 
I have loved the Peshekee for over 63 years, watching rocks appear and disappear with the seasons. It's a special day when kayakers also appear, usually in early spring. I'm afraid the time for good kayaking is over for this year. Sorry! By the way, there are plenty of good motels in Marquette. Says Kay

The starting location is a short drive from Houghton, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The nature
    scenery of Michigan and the water flowing gracefully down Peshekee River attract people from near and far. 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 rivers. This section of Peshekee River in Baraga/Marquette County is 17.9 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camp stove. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The average Michigan whitewater  
rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. 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. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Peshekee Grade to Highway 41 section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Peshekee River you will meet lots of people from close by Michigamme. A trip to Craig Lake State Park revives the soul, and Van Riper State Park is a magnificent place to go.

Peshekee River, Peshekee Grade to Highway 41 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 Peshekee River.
 Whitewater Near Peshekee River:
Huron River - West Br., Baraga County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 3.9 miles long (Black C Highway Road to logging ford)
Huron River - East Br., Baraga County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 5.6 miles long (AAA Road to Skanee Rd)
Peshekee River, Baraga/Marquette County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.9 miles long (Peshekee Grade to Highway 41)
Ravine River, Baraga County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (Silver Road to Skanee Road)
Slate River, Baraga County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.5 miles long (Arvon quarry to Quartzite Falls)
Michigamme River, Marquette County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.5 miles long (Lake Michigamme to Moose River Camp Ground)
Slate River, Baraga County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.7 miles long (Silver Road to Skanee Road)
Salmon Trout River, Marquette County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V - 8.7 miles long (Confluence of W Br Close to Cty 550)
Silver River, Baraga County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 2.3 miles long (Silver Road to Arvon Road)
Yellow Dog River, Marquette County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 8.3 miles long (Mulligan Truck Trail to CR510)
 Ski Areas Near Peshekee River:
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 46 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 47 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 53 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 83 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
 Hotels Near Peshekee River:
Magnuson Country Inn Ishpeming, Ishpeming , 30 miles away
Cedar Motor Inn, Marquette , 35 miles away
AmericInn Calumet, Calumet , 36 miles away
Super 8 Houghton, Houghton , 38 miles away
Travelodge Houghton, Houghton , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Peshekee River:
Big Eric's Bridge State Forest Campground, Skanee, 8 miles away
Craig Lake State Park, Michigamme, 8 miles away
Beaufort Lake State Forest Campground, Michigamme, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Peshekee River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 38 miles away
Craig Lake State Park, Michigan , 7 miles away
Van Riper State Park, Michigan , 11 miles away
Baraga State Park, Michigan , 28 miles away
 Lakes Near Peshekee River
Craig Lake, Baraga , 8 miles away
Lake Michigamme, Marquette , 10 miles away
George Lake, Baraga , 11 miles away

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