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Michigan whitewater, Bear River

Emmet county, Petoskey section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     1 miles
Is there a groomed trail for hike back on in the winter?

The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Sault Ste. Marie, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. The natural beauty of Emmet County
    and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling places. The Petoskey stretch of Bear River in Emmet
County is 1 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch is very short so better bring some good walking shoes. There are a few other sections in this river system that  
can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Petoskey love to come to Bear River, and stopping by Young State Park is a fine thing to do. A day on the slopes of Boyne Highlands is just what you need; a tour to Petoskey State Park is a great idea. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. From a rainfall point of view Bear River is a relatively common spot. September is the wettest month with most rain, and February is when it's the driest. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 70's to Bear River. All through the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 50's.

Bear River, Petoskey 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 Bear River.
 Whitewater Near Bear River:
Bear River, Emmet County, 0 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Petoskey)
Sturgeon River, Cheboygan County, 27 miles away
      Class I-II - 16 miles long (Trowbridge Road to Indian River)
 Ski Areas Near Bear River:
Boyne Highlands, Michigan , 5 miles away, 552 foot drop, 10 lifts, 54 runs
Nubs Nob, Michigan , 6 miles away, 427 foot drop, 10 lifts, 53 runs
Boyne Mountain, Michigan , 10 miles away, 500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 60 runs
Shanty Creek, Michigan , 26 miles away, 450 foot drop, 10 lifts, 49 runs
Treetops, Michigan , 30 miles away, 225 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Hanson Hills, Michigan , 38 miles away, 225 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Skyline Ski Slide, Michigan , 43 miles away, 210 foot drop, 5 lifts, 14 runs
Homestead, Michigan , 73 miles away, 320 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Caberfae Peaks, Michigan , 76 miles away, 485 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Michigan , 82 miles away, 375 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
 Marinas Near Bear River:
W B Marina, Petoskey , 0 miles away
Bay Harbor Lake Marina, Petoskey , 4 miles away
Bear Cove Marina, Petoskey , 6 miles away
Harborage Marina Association, Boyne City , 9 miles away
Windjammer Marina, Oden , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Bear River:
STAFFORDS PERRY HOTEL, Petoskey , 1 miles away
Days Inn Petoskey, Petoskey , 1 miles away
Apple Tree Inn, Petoskey , 1 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Petoskey MI, Petoskey , 1 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Petoskey, Petoskey , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear River:
Magnus Park, Petoskey, 1 miles away
Petoskey State Park - Tannery Creek, Petoskey, 3 miles away
Petoskey State Park - Dunes, Petoskey, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear River:
Petoskey State Park, Michigan , 4 miles away
Young State Park, Michigan , 9 miles away
Burt Lake State Park, Michigan , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear River:
Petoskey-Bay View Country Club, Petoskey , 3 miles away
Wequetonsing Golf Club, Harbor Springs , 3 miles away
Bay Harbor Golf Club, Petoskey , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear River
Walloon Lake, Charlevoix , 6 miles away
Deer Lake, Charlevoix , 10 miles away
Larks Lake, Emmet , 12 miles away

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