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Michigan whitewater, Black River

Gogebic county, Cty 513 to Ramsay section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     6.7 miles
  This stretch of Black River in Gogebic County is 6.7 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. The nature scenery of Gogebic County and the water flowing gracefully down Black River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the
    sections in this state are pretty easy. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of
paddling rivers. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. The starting location is a short drive from Merrill, as you can see on the road map further down. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. The beauty of the Gogebic Range  
is a great plus for this river. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
There's delightful hiking along the Rainbow Falls Trail, and Blackjack is a great local ski area. Yeah, come up here to the Gogebic Range for a great time. You'll meet a lot of people from Bessemer here. A typical amount of precipitation falls here at Black River. All through the month of June you get the most rain around here, and February is the month with the least moisture. High temperatures at Black River through the warm days of summer are in the 70's while nighttime lows are usually in the 50's.

Black River, Cty 513 to Ramsay 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 Black River.
 Whitewater Near Black River:
Black River, Gogebic County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.2 miles long (Ramsey to above Gabbro Falls)
Black River, Gogebic County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.7 miles long (Cty 513 to Ramsay)
Powder Mill Creek, Gogebic County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 2 miles long (above Powderhorn Falls to Cty. 513)
Black River, Gogebic County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 7.9 miles long (Narrows Park to Conglomerate Falls)
Planter Creek, Gogebic County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.1 miles long (Highway 28 to Wirtanen Road)
Turtle River, Iron County, 8 miles away
      Class I(III) - 16.5 miles long (Shea Dam to Turtle/Flambeau Flowage)
Black River, Gogebic County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2.6 miles long (Conglomerate Falls to Lake Superior)
Copper Creek, Gogebic County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (logging road to Presque Isle)
Montreal River, Iron County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 3.2 miles long (Highway 2 to Erickson Road)
Presque Isle, Gogebic County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (South Boundary Road to Lake Superior)
 Ski Areas Near Black River:
Blackjack, Michigan , 4 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 5 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 6 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 26 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 32 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 75 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 76 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 94 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 100 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Black River:
AmericInn Ironwood, Ironwood , 9 miles away
Comfort Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 10 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 10 miles away
Days Inn Hurley, Hurley , 12 miles away
Lake Of The Torches Resort Casino, Lac du Flambeau , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
McDonald Lake County Park, Ramsay, 3 miles away
Eddy Park, Wakefield, 6 miles away
Shay's Dam, Mercer, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Black River:
Rainbow Falls Trail, Gogebic , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 58 miles away
Island Lake, Michigan , 21 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan , 23 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
Boulder Creek Golf Course, Ironwood , 5 miles away
Gogebic Country Club, Ironwood , 7 miles away
Tahoe Lynx Golf Course, Mercer , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
McDonald Lake, Gogebic , 3 miles away
Moose Lake, Iron , 17 miles away

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