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Michigan whitewater, Black River

Gogebic county, Ramsey to above Gabbro Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     2.2 miles
  This stretch of Black River is 2.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. The wonderful Michigan scenery and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. 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. This river
    system is full of great paddling sections, the Ramsey to above Gabbro Falls section is just one of them. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. The wild scenery of the Gogebic
Range is great. The starting point is not too far from Merrill, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Michigan are easier than the national norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. Whether you're whitewater  
rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
The Rainbow Falls Trail offers hiking at its best, and a short journey to Neepikon Falls is always worthwhile. Be careful coming to the Gogebic Range, you might not ever wanna return home again. Everybody close by loves skiing at Blackjack; Neepikon Falls is a charming spot to go to while you're at Black River. This river has so much to offer. You're sure to bump into some wonderful folks from Ramsay here. At Black River all through the warm days of summer highs are in the 70's with overnight lows in the 50's.

Black River, Ramsey to above Gabbro Falls 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, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.2 miles long (Ramsey to above Gabbro Falls)
Planter Creek, Gogebic County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.1 miles long (Highway 28 to Wirtanen Road)
Black River, Gogebic County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.7 miles long (Cty 513 to Ramsay)
Powder Mill Creek, Gogebic County, 6 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)
Copper Creek, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (logging road to Presque Isle)
Black River, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2.6 miles long (Conglomerate Falls to Lake Superior)
Turtle River, Iron County, 10 miles away
      Class I(III) - 16.5 miles long (Shea Dam to Turtle/Flambeau Flowage)
Presque Isle, Gogebic County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (South Boundary Road to Lake Superior)
Presque Isle, Gogebic/Ontonagon County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 8.4 miles long (Steigers Bridge to South Boundary Road)
 Ski Areas Near Black River:
Blackjack, Michigan , 1 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 2 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 7 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 28 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 29 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 75 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 77 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 92 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 97 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Black River:
AmericInn Ironwood, Ironwood , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 12 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 12 miles away
Days Inn Hurley, Hurley , 14 miles away
Lake Of The Torches Resort Casino, Lac du Flambeau , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
Eddy Park, Wakefield, 4 miles away
McDonald Lake County Park, Ramsay, 5 miles away
Black River Harbor, Bessemer, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Black River:
Rainbow Falls Trail, Gogebic , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 60 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan , 20 miles away
Island Lake, Michigan , 24 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
Boulder Creek Golf Course, Ironwood , 5 miles away
Gogebic Country Club, Ironwood , 9 miles away
Tahoe Lynx Golf Course, Mercer , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
McDonald Lake, Gogebic , 5 miles away
Moose Lake, Iron , 20 miles away

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