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Michigan whitewater, Carp River

Ontonagon Gogebic county, above Shining Cloud Falls to Lake Superior section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV(V)     1.7 miles
  This section of Carp River is 1.7 miles long and has been rated as a class IV(V) section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Ontonagon/Gogebic County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting point is not too far from Merrill, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time
    in nature are great reasons to come. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Michigan is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. This river
system has a few good paddling stretches and the above Shining Cloud Falls to Lake Superior section is one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. When you're paddling down a Gogebic Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. You might be into whitewater  
rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here. This section is quite short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
Put some time aside to spend at Shining Cloud Falls while you're here at Carp River. Have a good hiking adventure along the Rainbow Falls Trail. Porcupine Mountains State Park is a good location to stretch your legs a bit, and Traders Falls is always fun to check out. This is such a wonderful river. Really fine skiing awaits you at Indianhead.

Carp River, above Shining Cloud 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 Carp River.
 Whitewater Near Carp River:
Carp River, Ontonagon/Gogebic County, 1 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.7 miles long (above Shining Cloud Falls to Lake Superior)
Little Carp River, Ontonagon/Gogebic County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.4 miles long (Greenstone Falls trail to Lake Superior)
Presque Isle, Gogebic/Ontonagon County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 8.4 miles long (Steigers Bridge to South Boundary Road)
Presque Isle, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (South Boundary Road to Lake Superior)
Copper Creek, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (logging road to Presque Isle)
Presque Isle, Gogebic/Ontonagon County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.3 miles long (Underwood Tower Road to Steigers Bridge)
Planter Creek, Gogebic County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.1 miles long (Highway 28 to Wirtanen Road)
Black River, Gogebic County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2.6 miles long (Conglomerate Falls to Lake Superior)
Union River, Ontonagon County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.3 miles long (Union River cabin to campground)
Black River, Gogebic County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.2 miles long (Ramsey to above Gabbro Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Carp River:
Indianhead, Michigan , 14 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 15 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 16 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 19 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 40 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 72 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 81 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 88 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 88 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
 Hotels Near Carp River:
AmericInn Ironwood, Ironwood , 24 miles away
Comfort Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 25 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 25 miles away
Days Inn Hurley, Hurley , 26 miles away
AmericInn Silver City, Silver City , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Carp River:
Porcupine Mountains State Park - Presque Isle, Ramsay, 8 miles away
Preque Isle State Campground, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park - White Pine Extension, White Pine, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Carp River:
Rainbow Falls Trail, Gogebic , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Carp River:
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 57 miles away
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 66 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan , 6 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 25 miles away
Island Lake, Michigan , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Carp River:
Boulder Creek Golf Course, Ironwood , 18 miles away

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