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Michigan whitewater, Baltimore River

Ontonagon county, Highway 45 to Highway 45 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+     5.4 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Michigan you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The Highway 45 to Highway 45 stretch of Baltimore River in Michigan is 5.4 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV+ section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Ontonagon County scenery and the cool fresh water beats anything. There arenít
    any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here
you'll find a large number of good spots. The Highway 45 to Highway 45 section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. The campgrounds here at Baltimore River are pretty good. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. The put-in location is a short drive from Houghton, please print out  
a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. When you're paddling down a Gogebic Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail, and Baltimore River is a location with many visitors from Rockland. All the outdoors amusing stuff in the Gogebic Range will keep you coming back many times. A journey to Baltimore River wouldnít be complete without a journey to close by Ottawa National Forest. Don't leave Baltimore River without first paying a visit to O Kun de Kun Falls.

Baltimore River, Highway 45 to Highway 45 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 Baltimore River.
 Whitewater Near Baltimore River:
Sandstone Creek, Ontonagon County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Roadside along Highway 45)
Baltimore River, Ontonagon County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.4 miles long (Highway 45 to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River, Ontonagon County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.1 miles long (Highway 45 to Ontonagon)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Victoria Falls dam to Victoria Dam Road)
Ontonagon River East Branch, Ontonagon County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (East Branch Road to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River - South Branch, Ontonagon County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 19.4 miles long (Highway 28 to W Br Ontonagon)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Highway 2 to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 7.7 miles long (Below Bond Falls to Highway 28)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.4 miles long (Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Gobebic/Ontonagon County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 8.4 miles long (Burned Dam Camp Ground to Bond Falls Flowage)
 Ski Areas Near Baltimore River:
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 34 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 44 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 56 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 58 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 64 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 78 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 86 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 90 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 99 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
 Marinas Near Baltimore River:
Marina Ontonagon, Ontonagon , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Baltimore River:
AmericInn Silver City, Silver City , 15 miles away
Wild Eagle Lodge, Eagle River , 34 miles away
Best Western Derby Inn, Eagle River , 35 miles away
Days Inn Eagle River, Eagle River , 36 miles away
Super 8 Eagle River, Eagle River , 36 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Baltimore River:
Stannard Township Park, Bruce Crossing, 6 miles away
Tom's Tours and Campground, Ontonagon, 8 miles away
Bond Falls Flowage, Watersmeet, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Baltimore River:
North Country National Scenic Trail, Ontonagon , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Baltimore River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 47 miles away
Ottawa National Forest, Michigan , 15 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Michigan , 24 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Baltimore River:
Perttus Big Spruce Golf Course, Bruce Crossing , 6 miles away
Ontonagon Golf Club, Ontonagon , 14 miles away
Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course, Watersmeet , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Baltimore River
Courtney Lake, Ontonagon , 16 miles away
County Line Lake, Ontonagon , 18 miles away

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