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Michigan whitewater, Paint River

Iron county, Hemlock River to Bates Amasa Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     5.6 miles
  The wonderful Michigan scenery and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This stretch of Paint River is 5.6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length
    for a morning trip. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. The put-in location is a short drive from Iron Mountain, please print out a copy of the road map further down
the page so you won’t get lost. The campgrounds here at Paint River are pretty good. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots.

Briefly about the general
Lower Hemlock Rapids is an inspiring location to pop by while here, and at Paint River you always meet someone from Amasa. A short visit to Hemlock Rapids is always worthwhile, and Bewabic State Park is a great spot to stretch your legs a bit. This river is so great. Near Paint River you come across the Lauterman Trail which is a good hiking trail. High temperatures at Paint River during the summer are in the 70's. Once the sun is down it drops down to the 50's. Through the winter highs are in the 20's with winter lows in the 0's overnight here at Paint River. From a rainfall point of view Paint River is a relatively typical spot.

Paint River, Hemlock River to Bates Amasa Road 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 Paint River.
 Whitewater Near Paint River:
Paint River, Iron County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.6 miles long (Hemlock River to Bates Amasa Road)
Pine River, Florence County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.2 miles long (Goodman Grade to Highway 101)
Brule River, Forest/Florence County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.8 miles long (Highway 189 to FS2150)
Pine River, Florence County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 9.3 miles long (Chipmunk Rapids to Goodman Grade)
Rock River, Baraga County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 5 miles long (Worm Lake outlet to Sturgeon River)
Paint River, Iron County, 18 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2.8 miles long (Little Bull Dam to Horserace Rapids)
Sturgeon River, Baraga County, 20 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6.8 miles long (Plains Road to Sturgeon Gorge Road)
Perch River, Baraga County, 20 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.8 miles long (Highway 28 to Sturgeon River)
Popple River, Florence County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 11.2 miles long (Morgan Lake Road to Pine River)
Sturgeon River, Baraga County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.3 miles long (Highway 41 to Upper Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Paint River:
Ski Brule, Michigan , 17 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 47 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 75 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 86 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Paint River:
AmericInn Iron River, Iron River , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites IRON MOUNTAIN, Iron Mountain , 34 miles away
Comfort Inn Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain , 34 miles away
Country Hearth Inn Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain , 35 miles away
Econo Lodge Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Paint River:
Iron River KOA Kampground, Iron River, 5 miles away
Bewabic State Park, Crystal Falls, 6 miles away
Pentoga County Park, Gaastra, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Paint River:
Lauterman Trail, Florence , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Paint River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 45 miles away
Bewabic State Park, Michigan , 6 miles away
Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin , 27 miles away
Baraga State Park, Michigan , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Paint River:
George Young Golf Course, Iron River , 7 miles away
Iron River Country Club, Iron River , 12 miles away
Crystal View Golf Course, Crystal Falls , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Paint River
Camp Lake, Iron , 5 miles away
Cable Lake, Iron , 11 miles away
Perch Lake, Iron , 15 miles away

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