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Wisconsin whitewater, Potato River

Iron county, Upson Falls to Foster Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     6.1 miles
  This section of Potato River is 6.1 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III(IV) section by American Whitewater. The put-in location is a short drive from Merrill, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Wisconsin are often easier than in other states, so better not forget that many runs in this state are very easy. The nature scenery
    of Iron County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Gogebic Range scenery is wonderful. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system,
the Upson Falls to Foster Falls stretch is just one of many. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve  
in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
A visit to Island Lake when you're here at Potato River is a great idea; the snow is fine at Whitecap Mountain. You just can't imagine the amount of outdoors exciting stuff the Gogebic Range has to offer. Lots of people from Upson come to Potato River, and a journey to Copper Falls State Park when you're here is never a bad idea. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Potato River gets a normal amount of rain. The month with most of the rain is August, and the driest month is February.

Potato River, Upson Falls to Foster 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 Potato River.
 Whitewater Near Potato River:
Potato River, Iron County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6.1 miles long (Upson Falls to Foster Falls)
Potato River, Iron County, 2 miles away
      Class I-IV - 7.2 miles long (Foster Falls to Highway 169)
Tyler Forks, Iron County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 7.6 miles long (Moore Park to Vogues Road)
Potato River, Iron/Ashland County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6.5 miles long (Highway 169 to Potato River Road)
Montreal River, Iron/Geobegic County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.1 miles long (below Saxon Falls to Highway 122)
Tyler Forks, Ashland County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.8 miles long (Gehrman Creek to Brownstone Falls)
Bad River, Ashland County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 18.8 miles long (Devil's Gate footbridge to Elm Hoist Road)
Montreal River - West Fork, Iron/Geobegic County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.3 miles long (Gile Falls to Highway 2)
Bad River, Ashland County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.2 miles long (Highway 169 to Devil's Gate footbridge)
Montreal River, Iron County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.7 miles long (Erickson Road to Saxon Falls Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Potato River:
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 3 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 24 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 31 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 33 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 58 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 63 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 78 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 87 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
 Hotels Near Potato River:
Days Inn Hurley, Hurley , 17 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 19 miles away
Comfort Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 19 miles away
AmericInn Ironwood, Ironwood , 20 miles away
AmericInn Ashland, Ashland , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potato River:
Upson Community Park, Upson, 2 miles away
Weber Lake County Park, Upson, 3 miles away
Wren Falls, Upson, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potato River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 34 miles away
Island Lake, Michigan , 11 miles away
Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 15 miles away
Big Bay State Park, Wisconsin , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potato River:
Eagle Bluff Golf Club, Hurley , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Potato River
Lake Six, Iron , 13 miles away
Moose Lake, Iron , 17 miles away

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