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Wisconsin whitewater, Potato River

Iron county, Foster Falls to Highway 169 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-IV     7.2 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Wisconsin is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The wonderful Wisconsin scenery and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Foster Falls to Highway 169 stretch of Potato River in Wisconsin is 7.2 miles long and is a class I-IV section of whitewater according
    to American Whitewater. There arenít 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. Whitewater paddling here in the Gogebic
Range is a great experience. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Merrill, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. The Foster Falls to Highway 169 section is one of many paddling sections in this  
river system. This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
At Potato River you always meet someone from Upson; a day on the slopes of Whitecap Mountain is just what you need. Having a good time in the Gogebic Range is simple. You without doubt have to have a look at Copper Falls State Park since you're here at Potato River, and Potato River is next to Island Lake which is a lovely spot. This is a really good river. Potato River gets a typical amount of annual rainfall.

Potato River, Foster Falls to Highway 169 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 Potato River.
 Whitewater Near Potato River:
Potato River, Iron County, 2 miles away
      Class I-IV - 7.2 miles long (Foster Falls to Highway 169)
Potato River, Iron/Ashland County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6.5 miles long (Highway 169 to Potato River Road)
Tyler Forks, Iron County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 7.6 miles long (Moore Park to Vogues Road)
Potato River, Iron County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6.1 miles long (Upson Falls to Foster Falls)
Montreal River, Iron/Geobegic County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.1 miles long (below Saxon Falls to Highway 122)
Tyler Forks, Ashland County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.8 miles long (Gehrman Creek to Brownstone Falls)
Bad River, Ashland County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 18.8 miles long (Devil's Gate footbridge to Elm Hoist Road)
Bad River, Ashland County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.2 miles long (Highway 169 to Devil's Gate footbridge)
Bad River, Ashland County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 20.4 miles long (Elm Hoist Road to Odanah)
Chippewa River - East Fork, Ashland County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 21.6 miles long (Glidden to FR164)
 Ski Areas Near Potato River:
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 6 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 27 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 34 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 36 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 60 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 60 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 76 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 91 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
 Hotels Near Potato River:
Days Inn Hurley, Hurley , 20 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 22 miles away
Comfort Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 22 miles away
AmericInn Ironwood, Ironwood , 23 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Park Falls , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potato River:
Wren Falls, Upson, 3 miles away
Potato River Falls, Saxon, 3 miles away
Upson Community Park, Upson, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potato River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 30 miles away
Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 12 miles away
Island Lake, Michigan , 15 miles away
Big Bay State Park, Wisconsin , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potato River:
Eagle Bluff Golf Club, Hurley , 16 miles away
Mellen Country Club, High Bridge , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Potato River
Lake Six, Iron , 17 miles away

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