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Michigan whitewater, Slate River

Baraga county, Arvon quarry to Quartzite Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     2.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. This stretch of Slate River is 2.5 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III+ section by American Whitewater. The put-in location is a short drive from Houghton, as you can see on the road map further down. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,
     this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The natural beauty of Michigan and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have
a lot of people coming here. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular place for people from Skanee, and time
spent at Second Sand Beach is always good. Places like Craig Lake State Park are tremendous to take a look at. The amount of rain that falls at Slate River is close to the national average. The month of January is the wettest with most of the snow, and the driest of the months is April. High temperatures at Slate River during the summer months are in the 70's. Once the sun is down it falls down to the 50's. The winter brings highs down to the 20's, and winter nights come with lows in the 0's to Slate River.

Slate River, Arvon quarry to Quartzite Falls 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 Slate River.
 Whitewater Near Slate River:
Slate River, Baraga County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.5 miles long (Arvon quarry to Quartzite Falls)
Slate River, Baraga County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.7 miles long (Silver Road to Skanee Road)
Ravine River, Baraga County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (Silver Road to Skanee Road)
Peshekee River, Baraga/Marquette County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.9 miles long (Peshekee Grade to Highway 41)
Silver River, Baraga County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 2.3 miles long (Silver Road to Arvon Road)
Silver River, Baraga County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 4.2 miles long (Arvon Road to Silver Falls Park)
Huron River - West Br., Baraga County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 3.9 miles long (Black C Highway Road to logging ford)
Tioga River, Baraga County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.2 miles long (Highway 41 to Sturgeon River)
Huron River - East Br., Baraga County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 5.6 miles long (AAA Road to Skanee Rd)
Falls River, Baraga County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Mead Road to Lake Superior)
 Ski Areas Near Slate River:
Ski Brule, Michigan , 48 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 53 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 58 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 93 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 98 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Slate River:
Ojibwa Marina, Baraga , 18 miles away
Best Western Baraga Lakeside Inn, Baraga , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Slate River:
Second Sand Beach, Baraga , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Slate River:
AmericInn Calumet, Calumet , 27 miles away
Super 8 Houghton, Houghton , 28 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Houghton, Houghton , 28 miles away
Ramada Hancock Waterfront, Hancock , 29 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Houghton, MI, Houghton , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Slate River:
Craig Lake State Park, Michigamme, 9 miles away
Big Eric's Bridge State Forest Campground, Skanee, 11 miles away
Beaufort Lake State Forest Campground, Michigamme, 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Slate River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 28 miles away
Craig Lake State Park, Michigan , 10 miles away
Baraga State Park, Michigan , 18 miles away
Van Riper State Park, Michigan , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Slate River:
L'Anse Golf Club, Lanse , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Slate River
Craig Lake, Baraga , 9 miles away
George Lake, Baraga , 11 miles away
Lake Michigamme, Marquette , 18 miles away

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