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Michigan whitewater, Sturgeon River - West Branch

Houghton county, Newberry Road to S Laird Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-IV     4.4 miles
  The nature scenery of Houghton County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Newberry Road to S Laird Road section is just one of them.
    And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There aren’t any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. On this section you
do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. If you're coming from Houghton it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Newberry Road to S Laird Road stretch of Sturgeon River - West Branch in Houghton County is 4.4 miles long and has  
been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-IV section.

Briefly about the general area:
A short journey to West Branch Sturgeon Falls is always worthwhile, and a tour here wouldn’t be complete without a journey to nearby Twin Lakes State Park. Near Sturgeon River - West Branch you find the Pelkie Creek Hunter Walking Trails which is a magnificent hiking trail, and since you're here you will meet lots of folks from nearby Nisula. This river is always fun. Hogger Falls is an inspiring spot to check out while here. An average amount of precipitation falls at Sturgeon River - West Branch.

Sturgeon River - West Branch, Newberry Road to S Laird Road 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 Sturgeon River - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Sturgeon River - West Branch:
Sturgeon River - West Branch, Houghton County, 2 miles away
      Class I-IV - 4.4 miles long (Newberry Road to S Laird Road)
Otter River - West Branch, Houghton County, 3 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 6.2 miles long (Pike Lake Road to Hazel Swamp Road)
Sturgeon River, Houghton County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Sturgeon Falls to road before Prickett Lk)
Perch River, Baraga County, 13 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.8 miles long (Highway 28 to Sturgeon River)
Sturgeon River, Baraga County, 16 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6.8 miles long (Plains Road to Sturgeon Gorge Road)
Ontonagon River East Branch, Ontonagon County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (East Branch Road to Highway 45)
Sturgeon River, Baraga County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.3 miles long (Highway 41 to Upper Falls)
Rock River, Baraga County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 5 miles long (Worm Lake outlet to Sturgeon River)
Falls River, Baraga County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Mead Road to Lake Superior)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Highway 2 to Highway 45)
 Ski Areas Near Sturgeon River - West Branch:
Ski Brule, Michigan , 34 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 60 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 78 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 82 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 83 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 84 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 91 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 95 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
 Beaches Near Sturgeon River - West Branch:
Agate Beach, Ontonagon , 17 miles away
Santa Monica Beach, Ontonagon , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Sturgeon River - West Branch:
Holiday Inn Express HOUGHTON-KEWEENAW, Houghton , 22 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Houghton, MI, Houghton , 23 miles away
Ramada Hancock Waterfront, Hancock , 24 miles away
Travelodge Houghton, Houghton , 24 miles away
Super 8 Houghton, Houghton , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sturgeon River - West Branch:
Emily Lake State Forest Campground, Toivola, 8 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Toivola, 9 miles away
Bob Lake Campground and Picnic Area, Houghton County, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Sturgeon River - West Branch:
Pelkie Creek Hunter Walking Trails, Baraga , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sturgeon River - West Branch:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 24 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Michigan , 9 miles away
Baraga State Park, Michigan , 20 miles away
F. J. McLain State Park, Michigan , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sturgeon River - West Branch:
Wyandotte Hills Golf Club, Toivola , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Sturgeon River - West Branch
Courtney Lake, Ontonagon , 10 miles away
Maggie Lake, Houghton , 16 miles away
Perch Lake, Iron , 20 miles away

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