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Michigan whitewater, Slate River

Baraga county, Silver Road to Skanee Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV(V)     2.7 miles
  The Silver Road to Skanee Road section of Slate River in Michigan is 2.7 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV(V) section. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. 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. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Silver Road to Skanee Road stretch is one of them. The beautiful
scenery of Michigan and the water flowing gracefully down Slate River will make you feel great. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Houghton, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The campgrounds here at Slate River are pretty good. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. Getting a good workout and a  
chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. This stretch is short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Slate River without first paying a visit to Slate River Falls, and nearby you locate Snug Harbor. Craig Lake State Park is a splendid site; a day at delightful Second Sand Beach near Slate River is a nice thing to do. At this river you will never have a bad time. You're sure to run into some wonderful folks from Skanee here. At Slate River through the summertime months highs are in the 70's.

Slate River, Silver Road to Skanee 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 Slate River.
 Whitewater Near Slate River:
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)
Slate River, Baraga County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.5 miles long (Arvon quarry to Quartzite Falls)
Peshekee River, Baraga/Marquette County, 7 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, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 3.9 miles long (Black C Highway Road to logging ford)
Huron River - East Br., Baraga County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 5.6 miles long (AAA Road to Skanee Rd)
Tioga River, Baraga County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.2 miles long (Highway 41 to Sturgeon River)
Falls River, Baraga County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Mead Road to Lake Superior)
 Ski Areas Near Slate River:
Ski Brule, Michigan , 49 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 55 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 59 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Gladstone Ski Park, Michigan , 95 miles away, 200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 6 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 97 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Slate River:
Ojibwa Marina, Baraga , 17 miles away
Best Western Baraga Lakeside Inn, Baraga , 17 miles away
 Beaches Near Slate River:
Second Sand Beach, Baraga , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Slate River:
AmericInn Calumet, Calumet , 25 miles away
Super 8 Houghton, Houghton , 26 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Houghton, Houghton , 27 miles away
Ramada Hancock Waterfront, Hancock , 27 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Houghton, MI, Houghton , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Slate River:
Craig Lake State Park, Michigamme, 11 miles away
Big Eric's Bridge State Forest Campground, Skanee, 11 miles away
L'Anse Township Park, Lanse, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Slate River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 26 miles away
Craig Lake State Park, Michigan , 12 miles away
Baraga State Park, Michigan , 18 miles away
Van Riper State Park, Michigan , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Slate River:
L'Anse Golf Club, Lanse , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Slate River
Craig Lake, Baraga , 11 miles away
George Lake, Baraga , 13 miles away
Lake Michigamme, Marquette , 20 miles away

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