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Michigan whitewater, Sturgeon River

Cheboygan county, Trowbridge Road to Indian River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     16 miles
While it may be easier than the Gully or other truly white rivers, the Sturgeon River is technical river and has an 80% tip over rate in a flat bottom kayak. Large canoes and kayaks over 13 feet also have a high trip over rate unless you are familiar with the river due to the log jams, narrow sections, sharp turns, switch backs and overgrown brush. This wilderness river will yank you right off you kayak if you even think about grabbing a
    tree branch to push it out of the way. While it may be a good place to get familiar with white water paddling before moving up to class III and Class IV rivers it is by no means ''often easier than elsewhere, so better not
forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. That might apply to other rivers, not the Sturgeon. It is true that the section from Trowbridge to Wolverine is easier. It is not a graceful paddle. Says Sheree Lincoln

This section of Sturgeon River is 16 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Cheboygan County and the water flowing gracefully
down Sturgeon River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Michigan is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The Trowbridge Road to Indian River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Sault Ste.

Sturgeon River, Trowbridge Road to Indian River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Sturgeon River.
 Whitewater Near Sturgeon River:
Sturgeon River, Cheboygan County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 16 miles long (Trowbridge Road to Indian River)
Bear River, Emmet County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Petoskey)
 Ski Areas Near Sturgeon River:
Treetops, Michigan , 14 miles away, 225 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Nubs Nob, Michigan , 22 miles away, 427 foot drop, 10 lifts, 53 runs
Boyne Mountain, Michigan , 24 miles away, 500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 60 runs
Boyne Highlands, Michigan , 25 miles away, 552 foot drop, 10 lifts, 54 runs
Hanson Hills, Michigan , 34 miles away, 225 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Skyline Ski Slide, Michigan , 37 miles away, 210 foot drop, 5 lifts, 14 runs
Shanty Creek, Michigan , 44 miles away, 450 foot drop, 10 lifts, 49 runs
Searchmont, Ontario , 80 miles away, 750 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Caberfae Peaks, Michigan , 93 miles away, 485 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Apple Mountain, Michigan , 96 miles away, 220 foot drop, 6 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Sturgeon River:
Blue Water Dock, Indian River , 4 miles away
Indian River Marina, Indian River , 5 miles away
Landings Resort & Marina, Indian River , 6 miles away
Two Loons Lagoon, Alanson , 14 miles away
Crooked River Marina, Alanson , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Sturgeon River:
Hometown Inn, Indian River , 4 miles away
Treetops Resort, Gaylord , 14 miles away
Otsego Club And Resort, Gaylord , 15 miles away
Quality Inn Gaylord, Gaylord , 15 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Gaylord, Gaylord , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sturgeon River:
Wolverine Camps, Wolverine, 2 miles away
Sturgeon River Campground, Wolverine, 4 miles away
Burt Lake State Park, Indian River, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sturgeon River:
Burt Lake State Park, Michigan , 5 miles away
Aloha State Park, Michigan , 14 miles away
Otsego Lake State Park, Michigan , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sturgeon River:
Wildwood Lake Golf Course, Wolverine , 4 miles away
Indian River Golf Club, Indian River , 5 miles away
Black Bear Golf Club, Vanderbilt , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Sturgeon River
Burt Lake, Cheboygan , 9 miles away
Mullett Lake, Cheboygan , 12 miles away
Long Lake, Cheboygan , 17 miles away

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