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Michigan whitewater, Rock River

Baraga county, Worm Lake outlet to Sturgeon River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     5 miles
  This section of Rock River is 5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III+ section. The natural beauty of Baraga County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Michigan tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The put-in is not
    too far from Houghton, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Getting a good
workout and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

about the general area:
Rock River is a place with many visitors from Covington. Going for a hike along the Pelkie Creek Hunter Walking Trails will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. Baraga State Park is a good location to check out on a wonderful day. The annual rain here at Rock River is about average. August is the month that gets the most rain while February is typically the driest month. Through the summertime months at Rock River highs are frequently in the 80's, and the night is a tad cooler of course, typically in the 50's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 20's while Rock River night low temperatures all through the winter are in the 0's.

Rock River, Worm Lake outlet to Sturgeon River 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 Rock River.
 Whitewater Near Rock River:
Rock River, Baraga County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 5 miles long (Worm Lake outlet to Sturgeon River)
Sturgeon River, Baraga County, 4 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6.8 miles long (Plains Road to Sturgeon Gorge Road)
Sturgeon River, Baraga County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.3 miles long (Highway 41 to Upper Falls)
Falls River, Baraga County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Mead Road to Lake Superior)
Perch River, Baraga County, 10 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.8 miles long (Highway 28 to Sturgeon River)
Sturgeon River, Houghton County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Sturgeon Falls to road before Prickett Lk)
Tioga River, Baraga County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.2 miles long (Highway 41 to Sturgeon River)
Silver River, Baraga County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 4.2 miles long (Arvon Road to Silver Falls Park)
Silver River, Baraga County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V - 2.3 miles long (Silver Road to Arvon Road)
Paint River, Iron County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.6 miles long (Hemlock River to Bates Amasa Road)
 Ski Areas Near Rock River:
Ski Brule, Michigan , 28 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 59 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 76 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 79 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 100 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 100 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Rock River:
Best Western Baraga Lakeside Inn, Baraga , 10 miles away
Ojibwa Marina, Baraga , 10 miles away
 Beaches Near Rock River:
Second Sand Beach, Baraga , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Rock River:
AmericInn Iron River, Iron River , 24 miles away
Holiday Inn Express HOUGHTON-KEWEENAW, Houghton , 26 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Houghton, MI, Houghton , 26 miles away
Super 8 Houghton, Houghton , 26 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Houghton, Houghton , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rock River:
Big Lake State Forest Campground, Covington, 4 miles away
King Lake State Forest Campground, Covington, 9 miles away
Sturgeon River, Watton, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Rock River:
Pelkie Creek Hunter Walking Trails, Baraga , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rock River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 26 miles away
Baraga State Park, Michigan , 10 miles away
Bewabic State Park, Michigan , 24 miles away
Craig Lake State Park, Michigan , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rock River:
L'Anse Golf Club, Lanse , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Rock River
Cable Lake, Iron , 11 miles away
Perch Lake, Iron , 14 miles away

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