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Michigan whitewater, Montreal River

Keweenaw county, Logging Road to Lake Superior section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I(IV)     13.8 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Houghton, as you can see on the road map further down. The natural beauty of Keweenaw County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The Logging Road to Lake Superior stretch of Montreal River is 13.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I(IV) section. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. Since you're on this
    site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are not so many other good spots for that around here. The campgrounds here at Montreal River are pretty good. This is one of a small number of
paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Michigan are often easier than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations  
you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Bete Grise Bay is rather next to Montreal River, and spots like Fort Wilkins State Park are great to have a look at. Here at Montreal River you'll almost certainly meet some folks from Copper Harbor. For the duration of the warm days of summer at Montreal River temperatures are generally in the 70's, and through summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. Highs through the winter are ordinarily in the 20's; night lows in the 0's for Montreal River. The yearly rainfall here at Montreal River is about average.

Montreal River, Logging Road 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 Montreal River.
 Whitewater Near Montreal River:
Montreal River, Keweenaw County, 6 miles away
      Class I(IV) - 13.8 miles long (Logging Road to Lake Superior)
Eagle River, Keweenaw County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.3 miles long (Phoenix to Eagle River Falls)
Gratiot River, Keweenaw County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.4 miles long (Highway 41 to Lower Falls)
Huron River - East Br., Baraga County, 29 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 5.6 miles long (AAA Road to Skanee Rd)
Salmon Trout River, Marquette County, 29 miles away
      Class III-V - 8.7 miles long (Confluence of W Br Close to Cty 550)
 Ski Areas Near Montreal River:
Marquette, Michigan , 55 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 76 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 83 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 94 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
 Hotels Near Montreal River:
AmericInn Calumet, Calumet , 37 miles away
Super 8 Houghton, Houghton , 45 miles away
Jasper Ridge Inn Ishpeming, Ishpeming , 46 miles away
Magnuson Hotel Country Inn, Ishpeming , 46 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Houghton, Houghton , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Montreal River:
Fanny Hooe Resort and Campground, Copper Harbor, 4 miles away
Fort Wilkins State Park, Copper Harbor, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Montreal River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 46 miles away
Fort Wilkins State Park, Michigan , 5 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Montreal River:
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Copper Harbor , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Montreal River
Lake Medora, Keweenaw , 4 miles away
Lake Superior, Keweenaw , 7 miles away

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