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Michigan whitewater, Paint River

Iron county, Little Bull Dam to Horserace Rapids section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     2.8 miles
I just took a 30 mile trip down this river with a group of 6 and three canoes. I thought it was great overall. There are a few shallow spots where we had to get out of the boat and pull it through the water but otherwise the depth is good. As far as the quote ''pretty good campgrounds'' go, these were not easily found but can be set up in the less dense forests alongside the water. The stretch over the hemlock rapids is a bit difficult on
    the lower hemlock but the upper is an exciting though slightly wet ride. The overall current throughout the river is not too fast so some paddling is needed. Thats about it, this is a great river. The scenery is beautiful,
and if your staying overnight the stars are miraculous, so enjoy the view. If your in the trees alot watch out for ticks, (they found me well) but other than that, enjoy the ride. Says Blake Myers

The beautiful scenery of Michigan and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Iron Mountain, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down
the page. The Little Bull Dam to Horserace Rapids section of Paint River in Michigan is 2.8 miles long and has been rated as a class II(III) section by American Whitewater. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Michigan tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. This is a short paddling stretch so no need to bring snacks. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Paint River, Little Bull Dam to Horserace Rapids road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Paint River.
 Whitewater Near Paint River:
Paint River, Iron County, 0 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2.8 miles long (Little Bull Dam to Horserace Rapids)
Brule River, Florence County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.4 miles long (Brule River Dam to Ryneers Road)
Pine River, Florence County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 2.2 miles long (LaSalle Falls to Power Dam Road)
Pine River, Florence County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.2 miles long (Goodman Grade to Highway 101)
Paint River, Iron County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.6 miles long (Hemlock River to Bates Amasa Road)
Popple River, Florence County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 11.2 miles long (Morgan Lake Road to Pine River)
Pine River, Florence County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 9.3 miles long (Chipmunk Rapids to Goodman Grade)
Pike River - North Branch, Marinette County, 21 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3.2 miles long (Twin Lake Road to Eight Foot Falls)
Pike River - South Branch, Marinette County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.9 miles long (FR510)
Menominee River, Marinette County, 23 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.9 miles long (Niagara to Highway 8)
 Ski Areas Near Paint River:
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 29 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 30 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 63 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 86 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Hidden Valley, Wisconsin , 90 miles away, 200 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
 Hotels Near Paint River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites IRON MOUNTAIN, Iron Mountain , 17 miles away
Comfort Inn Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain , 17 miles away
Country Hearth Inn Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain , 17 miles away
Econo Lodge Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain , 18 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Iron Mountain, MI, Iron Mountain , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Paint River:
Little Bull Dam - WI Elec Power, Alpha, 1 miles away
Peavy Pond Site 27, Florence, 3 miles away
Golden Eagle Park and Campground, Florence, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Paint River:
Lauterman Trail, Florence , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Paint River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 58 miles away
Bewabic State Park, Michigan , 12 miles away
Craig Lake State Park, Michigan , 29 miles away
Van Riper State Park, Michigan , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Paint River:
Spread Eagle Golf Course, Florence , 4 miles away
Crystal View Golf Course, Crystal Falls , 6 miles away
Eagle Mountain Golf Course, Iron Mountain , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Paint River
Montgomery Lake, Florence , 8 miles away
Jule Lake, Iron , 9 miles away
Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes, Florence , 10 miles away

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