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Wisconsin whitewater, Turtle River

Iron county, Shea Dam to Turtle/Flambeau Flowage section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I(III)     16.5 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Merrill, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This section of Turtle River in Iron County is 16.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I(III) section of whitewater. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. There's camping available near Turtle River. No matter if you're whitewater rafting
    or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The beautiful Gogebic Range scenery is an added bonus. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near.
You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The scenic beauty of Wisconsin and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. 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. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state  
you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of people from Mercer come to Turtle River; what would winter be without some skiing at Big Powderhorn Mountain. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Gogebic Range. Summer brings highs in the 70's to Turtle River. Summer night lows descend down to the 50's. For the period of the winter highs are in the 10's; night lows at Turtle River throughout the winter generally drop into the-10's. A typical amount of rainfall falls here at Turtle River.

Turtle River, Shea Dam to Turtle/Flambeau Flowage 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 Turtle River.
 Whitewater Near Turtle River:
Turtle River, Iron County, 7 miles away
      Class I(III) - 16.5 miles long (Shea Dam to Turtle/Flambeau Flowage)
Black River, Gogebic County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.7 miles long (Cty 513 to Ramsay)
Black River, Gogebic County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.2 miles long (Ramsey to above Gabbro Falls)
Powder Mill Creek, Gogebic County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 2 miles long (above Powderhorn Falls to Cty. 513)
Flambeau River - North Fork, Iron/Ashland County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 14.1 miles long (Turtle Dam to Agenda Landing)
Flambeau River - South Fork, Price County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.5 miles long (FR144 to FR149)
Montreal River, Iron County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 3.2 miles long (Highway 2 to Erickson Road)
Montreal River - West Fork, Iron/Geobegic County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.3 miles long (Gile Falls to Highway 2)
Planter Creek, Gogebic County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.1 miles long (Highway 28 to Wirtanen Road)
Black River, Gogebic County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 7.9 miles long (Narrows Park to Conglomerate Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Turtle River:
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 14 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 15 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 15 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 24 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 41 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 67 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 82 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 95 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 97 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Turtle River:
Greer's Pier, Manitowish Waters , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Turtle River:
AmericInn Ironwood, Ironwood , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 13 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 14 miles away
Days Inn Hurley, Hurley , 14 miles away
Lake Of The Torches Resort Casino, Lac du Flambeau , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Turtle River:
Big 6 RV Resort and Campground, Mercer, 1 miles away
Shay's Dam, Mercer, 5 miles away
Porcupine Campground, -blank-, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Turtle River:
Newman Springs Ski Trail, Price , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Turtle River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 60 miles away
Island Lake, Michigan , 16 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan , 34 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Turtle River:
Tahoe Lynx Golf Course, Mercer , 3 miles away
Gogebic Country Club, Ironwood , 13 miles away
Boulder Creek Golf Course, Ironwood , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Turtle River
McDonald Lake, Gogebic , 9 miles away
Moose Lake, Iron , 10 miles away
Duck Lake, Iron , 11 miles away

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