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Michigan whitewater, Union River

Ontonagon county, Union River cabin to campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+     1.3 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Merrill, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The beautiful scenery of Michigan and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. This is a very short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. You can pitch a tent or park your RV
    at a nearby campground. 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 spots. There are some good sections to paddle in this river
system, the Union River cabin to campground section is one of them. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Michigan are often easier than in other states, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. This stretch of Union River in Michigan is 1.3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV+ section. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better  
reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whitewater paddling here in the Gogebic Range is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
During your spree to Union River you'll meet some folks from White Pine for sure. A tour to Porcupine Mountains State Park when you're here at Union River is a great idea; Union Bay is in the neighborhood and always glorious to go to. A river like this is too good to miss. Gotta ski! Porcupine Mountain is a good spot to do that. From a rainfall point of view Union River is a reasonably normal place. Of all the months in a year August is the one with the most rain, and February is the month with the least moisture.

Union River, Union River cabin to campground road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Union River.
 Whitewater Near Union River:
Union River, Ontonagon County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.3 miles long (Union River cabin to campground)
Little Iron River, Ontonagon County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 7.5 miles long (Nonesuch Falls to Highway 107)
Big Iron River, Ontonagon County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.3 miles long (White Pine to Silver City)
Carp River, Ontonagon/Gogebic County, 16 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.7 miles long (above Shining Cloud Falls to Lake Superior)
Presque Isle, Gogebic/Ontonagon County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.3 miles long (Underwood Tower Road to Steigers Bridge)
Little Carp River, Ontonagon/Gogebic County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.4 miles long (Greenstone Falls trail to Lake Superior)
Presque Isle, Gogebic County, 18 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Yondota Falls to Copps Mine Road)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.4 miles long (Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam)
Presque Isle, Gogebic/Ontonagon County, 19 miles away
      Class III-V - 8.4 miles long (Steigers Bridge to South Boundary Road)
Copper Creek, Gogebic County, 23 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (logging road to Presque Isle)
 Ski Areas Near Union River:
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 2 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 27 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 29 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 35 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 56 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 73 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 74 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 85 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 88 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
 Hotels Near Union River:
AmericInn Silver City, Silver City , 20 miles away
AmericInn Ironwood, Ironwood , 39 miles away
Comfort Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 40 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 41 miles away
Days Inn Hurley, Hurley , 42 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Union River:
Porcupine Mountains State Park - Union River Outpost, White Pine, 0 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park - Union Bay, White Pine, 1 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park - Group, White Pine, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Union River:
Alligator Eye Trail, Gogebic , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Union River:
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 56 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan , 11 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 16 miles away
Ottawa National Forest, Michigan , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Union River:
Ontonagon Golf Club, Ontonagon , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Union River
Lake Gogebic, Ontonagon , 14 miles away

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