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Michigan whitewater, Ontonagon River

Ontonagon county, Highway 45 to Ontonagon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     23.1 miles
  This stretch of Ontonagon River is 23.1 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The average Michigan whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The starting point is not too far from Houghton, please print out a copy of the road
    map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to
come. The river winds through the Gogebic Range and you get great scenery. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The Highway 45 to Ontonagon stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The scenic beauty of Ontonagon County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. Not too many  
hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Ontonagon River is not far at all from Rockland. Go for a hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail. Ontonagon River gets a typical amount of rainfall. Most of the rain falls during August while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Summertime highs at Ontonagon River commonly tend to be in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures sink down into the 50's. All through the wintertime the highs are typically in the 10's while Ontonagon River night low temperatures during the winter are in the-10's.

Ontonagon River, Highway 45 to Ontonagon 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 Ontonagon River.
 Whitewater Near Ontonagon River:
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Victoria Falls dam to Victoria Dam Road)
Ontonagon River, Ontonagon County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.1 miles long (Highway 45 to Ontonagon)
Sandstone Creek, Ontonagon County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Roadside along Highway 45)
Baltimore River, Ontonagon County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.4 miles long (Highway 45 to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.4 miles long (Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam)
Ontonagon River - South Branch, Ontonagon County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 19.4 miles long (Highway 28 to W Br Ontonagon)
Ontonagon River East Branch, Ontonagon County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (East Branch Road to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Highway 2 to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 7.7 miles long (Below Bond Falls to Highway 28)
Big Iron River, Ontonagon County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.3 miles long (White Pine to Silver City)
 Ski Areas Near Ontonagon River:
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 28 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 52 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 52 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 54 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 60 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 72 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 82 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 93 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
 Marinas Near Ontonagon River:
Marina Ontonagon, Ontonagon , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Ontonagon River:
AmericInn Silver City, Silver City , 8 miles away
Wild Eagle Lodge, Eagle River , 40 miles away
Best Western Derby Inn, Eagle River , 40 miles away
Days Inn Eagle River, Eagle River , 41 miles away
Super 8 Eagle River, Eagle River , 41 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ontonagon River:
Tom's Tours and Campground, Ontonagon, 3 miles away
Ontonagon Township Park, Ontonagon, 6 miles away
River Pines RV Park and Campgrounds, Ontonagon, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Ontonagon River:
North Country National Scenic Trail, Ontonagon , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ontonagon River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 50 miles away
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 66 miles away
Ottawa National Forest, Michigan , 19 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Michigan , 27 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ontonagon River:
Ontonagon Golf Club, Ontonagon , 8 miles away
Perttus Big Spruce Golf Course, Bruce Crossing , 13 miles away

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