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Michigan whitewater, Ontonagon River

Ontonagon county, Thayer Road to FS Road 178 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(IV)     9.7 miles
  If you're coming from Merrill it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The nature scenery of Ontonagon County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a
    short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Michigan you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable,
so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. The Gogebic Range scenery is wonderful. 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, this area has a large number of paddling rivers. There are plenty of other stretches in this  
river system that can be paddled as well. The Thayer Road to FS Road 178 section of Ontonagon River in Michigan is 9.7 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II(IV) section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Ontonagon River is a location with many visitors from Ewen, and Ottawa National Forest is a good place to go. There's no way anybody can get bored here in the Gogebic Range. Good hiking is available along the Alligator Eye Trail, and Lake Gogebic State Park is worth visiting. This is a great river. Ontonagon River gets a common amount of annual precipitation.

Ontonagon River, Thayer Road to FS Road 178 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, Ontonagon County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 9.7 miles long (Thayer Road to FS Road 178)
Ontonagon River - South Branch, Ontonagon County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 19.4 miles long (Highway 28 to W Br Ontonagon)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.4 miles long (Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 7.7 miles long (Below Bond Falls to Highway 28)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Victoria Falls dam to Victoria Dam Road)
Baltimore River, Ontonagon County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.4 miles long (Highway 45 to Highway 45)
Presque Isle, Gogebic County, 20 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Yondota Falls to Copps Mine Road)
Sandstone Creek, Ontonagon County, 22 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Roadside along Highway 45)
Ontonagon River - Middle Branch, Ontonagon County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Highway 2 to Highway 45)
Ontonagon River, Ontonagon County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.1 miles long (Highway 45 to Ontonagon)
 Ski Areas Near Ontonagon River:
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 28 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 40 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 42 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 48 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 51 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 69 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 72 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 92 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Ontonagon River:
Black Bear Lodge, Saint Germain , 23 miles away
Best Western Derby Inn, Eagle River , 23 miles away
Wild Eagle Lodge, Eagle River , 23 miles away
Rustic Manor Motor Lodge, Saint Germain , 23 miles away
Days Inn Eagle River, Eagle River , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ontonagon River:
Matchwood Campground, Gogebic County, 6 miles away
Cedar Campground, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
Langford Lake Campground and Picnic Area, Gogebic County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Ontonagon River:
Alligator Eye Trail, Gogebic , 11 miles away
North Country National Scenic Trail, Ontonagon , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ontonagon River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 68 miles away
Ottawa National Forest, Michigan , 8 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 13 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ontonagon River:
Gateway Golf Club, Land O Lakes , 11 miles away
Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course, Watersmeet , 16 miles away
Perttus Big Spruce Golf Course, Bruce Crossing , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Ontonagon River
Beatons Lake, Gogebic , 3 miles away
Clearwater Lake, Gogebic , 6 miles away
Cisco Lake, Gogebic , 7 miles away

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