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Michigan whitewater, Sturgeon River

Baraga county, Plains Road to Sturgeon Gorge Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     6.8 miles
  The Plains Road to Sturgeon Gorge Road section of Sturgeon River is 6.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-IV section. The nature scenery of Michigan and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Michigan are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. There arenít any hotels right nearby but
    if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The Plains Road to Sturgeon Gorge Road section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. If
you're coming from Houghton it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. There's camping available near Sturgeon River. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great  
reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
Tibbets Falls is a good local attraction, and Baraga State Park is a good spot to go. Here at Sturgeon River there are plenty of people from Watton, and the Pelkie Creek Hunter Walking Trails is a perfect hiking trail nearby. This is a really good river. Sturgeon River is a good spot of normal rainfall. August is when you get the most rain here; the driest month of the year is February. Through the warm months here at Sturgeon River, high temperatures commonly reach the 80's with nighttime lows in the 50's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Sturgeon River are in the 0's.

Sturgeon River, Plains Road to Sturgeon Gorge 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 Sturgeon River.
 Whitewater Near Sturgeon River:
Sturgeon River, Baraga County, 3 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6.8 miles long (Plains Road to Sturgeon Gorge Road)
Perch River, Baraga County, 4 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.8 miles long (Highway 28 to Sturgeon River)
Sturgeon River, Houghton County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Sturgeon Falls to road before Prickett Lk)
Rock River, Baraga County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 5 miles long (Worm Lake outlet to Sturgeon River)
Sturgeon River, Baraga County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.3 miles long (Highway 41 to Upper Falls)
Falls River, Baraga County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Mead Road to Lake Superior)
Sturgeon River - West Branch, Houghton County, 16 miles away
      Class I-IV - 4.4 miles long (Newberry Road to S Laird Road)
Otter River - West Branch, Houghton County, 16 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 6.2 miles long (Pike Lake Road to Hazel Swamp Road)
Tioga River, Baraga County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.2 miles long (Highway 41 to Sturgeon River)
Silver River, Baraga County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 4.2 miles long (Arvon Road to Silver Falls Park)
 Ski Areas Near Sturgeon River:
Ski Brule, Michigan , 27 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 64 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 73 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 83 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 94 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 96 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 96 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
 Marinas Near Sturgeon River:
Best Western Baraga Lakeside Inn, Baraga , 12 miles away
Ojibwa Marina, Baraga , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Sturgeon River:
AmericInn Iron River, Iron River , 23 miles away
Holiday Inn Express HOUGHTON-KEWEENAW, Houghton , 25 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Houghton, MI, Houghton , 25 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Houghton, Houghton , 26 miles away
Ramada Hancock Waterfront, Hancock , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sturgeon River:
Sturgeon River, Watton, 3 miles away
Big Lake State Forest Campground, Covington, 3 miles away
Norway Lake, Sidnaw, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Sturgeon River:
Pelkie Creek Hunter Walking Trails, Baraga , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sturgeon River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 26 miles away
Baraga State Park, Michigan , 12 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Michigan , 23 miles away
Bewabic State Park, Michigan , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sturgeon River:
L'Anse Golf Club, Lanse , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Sturgeon River
Perch Lake, Iron , 11 miles away
Cable Lake, Iron , 11 miles away

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