Paint River

Iron River, Michigan

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An easygoing, scenic alternative to the brawling waterways that rumble through other areas of the western U.P. The Paint River ranks as one of the Upper Peninsula’s most family-friendly rivers. An important tributary of the Menominee River, the Paint ambles through remote forestland for much of its length, passing through patches of both Ottawa National Forest and Copper Country State Forest. Wide and slow, it is primarily a float-type river best known for the rich variety of wildlife that roam its banks and skyways. Still, occasional flashes of faster water prevent you from sliding too deeply into a “drifting-and-dreaming” mode, and the river does bare its teeth at Hemlock Rapids, a double-barreled blast of class III whitewater that should be portaged by all but advanced whitewater paddlers.
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Paddling Michigan

by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)

An easygoing, scenic alternative to the brawling waterways that rumble through other areas of the western U.P. The Paint River ranks as one of the Upper Peninsula’s most family-friendly rivers. An important tributary of the Menominee River, the Paint ambles through remote forestland for much of its length, passing through patches of both Ottawa National Forest and Copper Country State Forest.

Wide and slow, it is primarily a float-type river best known for the rich variety of wildlife that roam its banks and skyways. Still, occasional flashes of faster water prevent you from sliding too deeply into a “drifting-and-dreaming” mode, and the river does bare its teeth at Hemlock Rapids, a double-barreled blast of class III whitewater that should be portaged by all but advanced whitewater paddlers.

©  Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Iron River
Distance: 30
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 12 - 15 hours
Season: Best May to October
Local Contacts: Ottawa National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Gibbs City, Sunset Lake, Amasa, Kelso Junction, Crystal Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to Paint River

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