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Michigan whitewater, Powder Mill Creek

Gogebic county, above Powderhorn Falls to Cty. 513 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV+     2 miles
  The scenic beauty of Gogebic County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The put-in location is a short drive from Merrill, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater paddling here in the Gogebic Range is a great experience. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that around here.
    And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The above Powderhorn Falls to Cty. 513 stretch of Powder Mill Creek is 2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-IV+ section. This is a pretty short section
so better bring some good walking shoes. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít  
have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
The best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Big Powderhorn Mountain. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Powder Mill Creek; Rainbow Falls Trail is a tremendous local trail. If you're dropping by Powder Mill Creek from Bessemer, you won't be the only one, and do put some time aside to spend at Powder Horn Falls while you're here at Powder Mill Creek. This river has so much to offer.

Powder Mill Creek, above Powderhorn Falls to Cty. 513 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 Powder Mill Creek.
 Whitewater Near Powder Mill Creek:
Powder Mill Creek, Gogebic County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 2 miles long (above Powderhorn Falls to Cty. 513)
Black River, Gogebic County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 7.9 miles long (Narrows Park to Conglomerate Falls)
Black River, Gogebic County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.7 miles long (Cty 513 to Ramsay)
Black River, Gogebic County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.2 miles long (Ramsey to above Gabbro Falls)
Black River, Gogebic County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2.6 miles long (Conglomerate Falls to Lake Superior)
Montreal River, Iron County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 3.2 miles long (Highway 2 to Erickson Road)
Montreal River, Iron County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.7 miles long (Erickson Road to Saxon Falls Dam)
Planter Creek, Gogebic County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.1 miles long (Highway 28 to Wirtanen Road)
Montreal River - West Fork, Iron/Geobegic County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.3 miles long (Gile Falls to Highway 2)
Copper Creek, Gogebic County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (logging road to Presque Isle)
 Ski Areas Near Powder Mill Creek:
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 1 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 5 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 7 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 23 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 33 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 71 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 80 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 98 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 99 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Powder Mill Creek:
AmericInn Ironwood, Ironwood , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 7 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 7 miles away
Days Inn Hurley, Hurley , 8 miles away
Lake Of The Torches Resort Casino, Lac du Flambeau , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Powder Mill Creek:
McDonald Lake County Park, Ramsay, 7 miles away
Curry Park, Ironwood, 8 miles away
Black River Harbor, Bessemer, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Powder Mill Creek:
Rainbow Falls Trail, Gogebic , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Powder Mill Creek:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 54 miles away
Island Lake, Michigan , 19 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan , 24 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Powder Mill Creek:
Boulder Creek Golf Course, Ironwood , 1 miles away
Gogebic Country Club, Ironwood , 4 miles away
Eagle Bluff Golf Club, Hurley , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Powder Mill Creek
McDonald Lake, Gogebic , 8 miles away
Moose Lake, Iron , 16 miles away
Lake Six, Iron , 20 miles away

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