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Wisconsin whitewater, Potato River

Iron Ashland county, Highway 169 to Potato River Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV(V)     6.5 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Wisconsin you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The beautiful scenery of Wisconsin and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. 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. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. A bit of exercise and
just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The put-in is not too far from Merrill, as you can see on the road map further down. The Highway 169 to Potato River Road stretch of Potato River in Iron/Ashland County is 6.5 miles long  
and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-IV(V) section. When you're paddling down a Gogebic Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
Potato River is a location with many visitors from Saxon, and when you're here it's always fun to explore Copper Falls State Park. But wait, there's more amusing things to do in the Gogebic Range. Don't leave Potato River without first paying a visit to Potato River Falls. The skiing at Whitecap Mountain is nice. Throughout the warm days of summer highs here at Potato River reach the 70's.

Potato River, Highway 169 to Potato River 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 Potato River.
 Whitewater Near Potato River:
Potato River, Iron/Ashland County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6.5 miles long (Highway 169 to Potato River Road)
Tyler Forks, Ashland County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.8 miles long (Gehrman Creek to Brownstone Falls)
Potato River, Iron County, 6 miles away
      Class I-IV - 7.2 miles long (Foster Falls to Highway 169)
Tyler Forks, Iron County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 7.6 miles long (Moore Park to Vogues Road)
Bad River, Ashland County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 18.8 miles long (Devil's Gate footbridge to Elm Hoist Road)
Bad River, Ashland County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.2 miles long (Highway 169 to Devil's Gate footbridge)
Bad River, Ashland County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 20.4 miles long (Elm Hoist Road to Odanah)
Potato River, Iron County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6.1 miles long (Upson Falls to Foster Falls)
Montreal River, Iron/Geobegic County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.1 miles long (below Saxon Falls to Highway 122)
Marengo River, Ashland County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.8 miles long (Government Road to Bad River)
 Ski Areas Near Potato River:
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 11 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 31 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 38 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 40 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 58 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 64 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 73 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 94 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
 Hotels Near Potato River:
AmericInn Ashland, Ashland , 22 miles away
Best Western The Hotel Chequamegon, Ashland , 24 miles away
Days Inn Hurley, Hurley , 24 miles away
Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield , 25 miles away
Super 8 Ashland, Ashland , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potato River:
Potato River Falls, Saxon, 1 miles away
Wren Falls, Upson, 4 miles away
Waverly Campground, Ashland County, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potato River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 26 miles away
Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 8 miles away
Big Bay State Park, Wisconsin , 19 miles away
Island Lake, Michigan , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potato River:
Mellen Country Club, High Bridge , 14 miles away

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