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Michigan whitewater, Black River

Gogebic county, Narrows Park to Conglomerate Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     7.9 miles
  The natural beauty of Michigan and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Michigan are often more forgiving than in other states, so keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The river winds through the Gogebic Range and you get great scenery. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. If you're coming from Merrill it's not a long
    drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Narrows Park to Conglomerate Falls
section is just one of many. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Narrows Park to Conglomerate Falls section of Black River in Michigan is 7.9 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III+ section  
by American Whitewater. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
The slopes of Big Powderhorn Mountain are so inviting nobody can resist, and Chippewa Falls is an inspiring place to go to during your stay. That right there is loads of enjoyable stuff already but it goes on, the Gogebic Range has it all. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Rainbow Falls Trail, and you'll almost certainly meet some people from Bessemer here.

Black River, Narrows Park to Conglomerate Falls road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Black River.
 Whitewater Near Black River:
Black River, Gogebic County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 7.9 miles long (Narrows Park to Conglomerate Falls)
Black River, Gogebic County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2.6 miles long (Conglomerate Falls to Lake Superior)
Powder Mill Creek, Gogebic County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 2 miles long (above Powderhorn Falls to Cty. 513)
Black River, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.2 miles long (Ramsey to above Gabbro Falls)
Presque Isle, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (South Boundary Road to Lake Superior)
Black River, Gogebic County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.7 miles long (Cty 513 to Ramsay)
Copper Creek, Gogebic County, 9 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)
Planter Creek, Gogebic County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.1 miles long (Highway 28 to Wirtanen Road)
Montreal River, Iron County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.7 miles long (Erickson Road to Saxon Falls Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Black River:
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 4 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 6 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 8 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 24 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 31 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 67 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 84 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 95 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 98 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
 Hotels Near Black River:
AmericInn Ironwood, Ironwood , 9 miles away
Comfort Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 9 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 10 miles away
Days Inn Hurley, Hurley , 11 miles away
Lake Of The Torches Resort Casino, Lac du Flambeau , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
Black River Harbor, Bessemer, 3 miles away
Preque Isle State Campground, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park - Presque Isle, Ramsay, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Black River:
Rainbow Falls Trail, Gogebic , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 54 miles away
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 68 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan , 21 miles away
Island Lake, Michigan , 23 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
Boulder Creek Golf Course, Ironwood , 3 miles away
Gogebic Country Club, Ironwood , 7 miles away
Eagle Bluff Golf Club, Hurley , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
McDonald Lake, Gogebic , 11 miles away

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