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Michigan whitewater, Sturgeon River

Houghton county, Sturgeon Falls to road before Prickett Lk section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     4 miles
  The wonderful Houghton County scenery and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section of Sturgeon River in Michigan is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Michigan are often more forgiving than in other states, so
    you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. 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. This is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. The starting location is a short drive from Houghton, as you can see on the road map further down. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for  

Briefly about the general area:
There is a pleasant hiking trail in the vicinity of Sturgeon River called the Pelkie Creek Hunter Walking Trails; lots of people from Pelkie come here. Sturgeon Falls is a beautiful location to pop by while you're at Sturgeon River. A normal amount of rainfall falls here at Sturgeon River. The month with most of the rain is August while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Summer at Sturgeon River arrives with high temperatures in the 80's, and the night is somewhat cooler of course, mostly in the 50's. Through the winter highs are in the 20's with winter lows in the 0's overnight here at Sturgeon River.

Sturgeon River, Sturgeon Falls to road before Prickett Lk 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, Houghton County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Sturgeon Falls to road before Prickett Lk)
Perch River, Baraga County, 7 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.8 miles long (Highway 28 to Sturgeon River)
Sturgeon River - West Branch, Houghton County, 8 miles away
      Class I-IV - 4.4 miles long (Newberry Road to S Laird Road)
Otter River - West Branch, Houghton County, 9 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 6.2 miles long (Pike Lake Road to Hazel Swamp Road)
Sturgeon River, Baraga County, 10 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6.8 miles long (Plains Road to Sturgeon Gorge Road)
Sturgeon River, Baraga County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.3 miles long (Highway 41 to Upper Falls)
Rock River, Baraga County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 5 miles long (Worm Lake outlet to Sturgeon River)
Falls River, Baraga County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Mead Road to Lake Superior)
Silver River, Baraga County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 4.2 miles long (Arvon Road to Silver Falls Park)
Ontonagon River East Branch, Ontonagon County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (East Branch Road to Highway 45)
 Ski Areas Near Sturgeon River:
Ski Brule, Michigan , 30 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 66 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 71 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 88 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 89 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 89 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 89 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 96 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
 Marinas Near Sturgeon River:
Best Western Baraga Lakeside Inn, Baraga , 16 miles away
Ojibwa Marina, Baraga , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Sturgeon River:
Holiday Inn Express HOUGHTON-KEWEENAW, Houghton , 23 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Houghton, MI, Houghton , 23 miles away
Ramada Hancock Waterfront, Hancock , 24 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Houghton, Houghton , 24 miles away
Super 8 Houghton, Houghton , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sturgeon River:
Sturgeon River, Watton, 5 miles away
Big Lake State Forest Campground, Covington, 10 miles away
Lower Dam Lake Campground, Houghton County, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Sturgeon River:
Pelkie Creek Hunter Walking Trails, Baraga , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sturgeon River:
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton - MI , 24 miles away
Baraga State Park, Michigan , 15 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Michigan , 15 miles away
F. J. McLain State Park, Michigan , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sturgeon River:
Wyandotte Hills Golf Club, Toivola , 16 miles away
L'Anse Golf Club, Lanse , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Sturgeon River
Perch Lake, Iron , 14 miles away
Cable Lake, Iron , 17 miles away
Courtney Lake, Ontonagon , 17 miles away

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