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Michigan whitewater, Black River

Gogebic county, Conglomerate Falls to Lake Superior section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V(V+)     2.6 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Michigan is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The Conglomerate Falls to Lake Superior section of Black River in Gogebic County is 2.6 miles long and is a class IV-V(V+) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Michigan and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great.
    You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that. The campgrounds here at Black River are pretty good. There are plenty of other stretches in this
river system that can be paddled as well. This is a bit of a short stretch so no need to bring snacks. Whitewater paddling here in the Gogebic Range is a great experience. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The put-in location is a short drive from Merrill, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.  
Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
It's always splendid to have a look at Gorge Falls, and there are plenty of folks from Bessemer here. You'll really wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the entertaining stuff in the Gogebic Range. Black River is right by the Rainbow Falls Trail; a journey to Sandstone Falls will fill your spirit with good feelings. This river is so perfect. What would winter be without some skiing at Big Powderhorn Mountain. For the period of the summer here at Black River, high temperatures regularly get into the 70's, and the nighttime is fairly chillier of course, regularly in the 50's.

Black River, Conglomerate Falls to Lake Superior 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 IV-V(V+) - 2.6 miles long (Conglomerate Falls to Lake Superior)
Black River, Gogebic County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 7.9 miles long (Narrows Park to Conglomerate Falls)
Presque Isle, Gogebic County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (South Boundary Road to Lake Superior)
Powder Mill Creek, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 2 miles long (above Powderhorn Falls to Cty. 513)
Copper Creek, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (logging road to Presque Isle)
Black River, Gogebic County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.2 miles long (Ramsey to above Gabbro Falls)
Black River, Gogebic County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.7 miles long (Cty 513 to Ramsay)
Planter Creek, Gogebic County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.1 miles long (Highway 28 to Wirtanen Road)
Presque Isle, Gogebic/Ontonagon County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 8.4 miles long (Steigers Bridge to South Boundary Road)
Little Carp River, Ontonagon/Gogebic County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.4 miles long (Greenstone Falls trail to Lake Superior)
 Ski Areas Near Black River:
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 7 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 8 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 9 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 26 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 29 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 66 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 86 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 92 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 , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 12 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 12 miles away
Days Inn Hurley, Hurley , 13 miles away
Lake Of The Torches Resort Casino, Lac du Flambeau , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
Black River Harbor, Bessemer, 1 miles away
Preque Isle State Campground, Gogebic County, 6 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park - Presque Isle, Ramsay, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Black River:
Rainbow Falls Trail, Gogebic , 1 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 54 miles away
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 65 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan , 19 miles away
Island Lake, Michigan , 25 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
Boulder Creek Golf Course, Ironwood , 6 miles away
Gogebic Country Club, Ironwood , 10 miles away
Eagle Bluff Golf Club, Hurley , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
McDonald Lake, Gogebic , 13 miles away

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