This list represents the most popular whitewater kayaking & canoeing in Michigan. Use this list to plan your next Michigan whitewater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.
#1 Pine River
Swift and strong, the Pine River has a North Country ambience and challenging runs that make it one of the Lower Peninsula’s ...
#2 Boardman River
A spirited, attractive stream that flows past conifer forests and northcountry cottages before emptying into Grand Traverse ...
#3 Sturgeon River
A fast and challenging river that promises great fun for experienced paddlers and great misery for beginners. The Sturgeon ...
#4 Pigeon River
A beautiful trout stream with a wilderness feeling and an unpredictable character. The crystal-clear waters of the Pigeon ...
#5 Brule River
Iron River, MI
A wild and picturesque river that serves as part of the border between Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. ...
#6 Sturgeon River
An exciting whitewater run through the rugged and beautiful Sturgeon River Gorge. Not to be confused with the two other major ...
#7 Escanaba River
This swift and strong river flows through some of the Upper Peninsula’s most spectacular country. The Escanaba River sweeps ...
#8 Presque Isle River
An exciting whitewater river that runs through a gorgeous section of Michigan northcountry. The Presque Isle is perhaps Michigan’s ...
#9 Paint River
An easygoing, scenic alternative to the brawling waterways that rumble through other areas of the western U.P. The Paint ...
#10 Ontonagon River, East Branch
Runnable for only a few weeks of the year, this river offers continuous whitewater thrills in a wild setting. The East Branch ...
#11 Ford River
This lively U.P. river is an ideal springtime destination for winter-weary canoeists with an itch to scratch. The Ford River ...
#12 Menominee River
A short, scenic stretch of river that features one of the most challenging whitewater runs in the Midwest. For a brief but ...
#13 Ontonagon River, Middle Branch
Canoeable throughout the summer, this river offers a mix of placid water and light rapids as it carries paddlers through ...
#14 Ontonagon River, South Branch
A rugged and scenic river that alternates between flatwater and rollicking class I–II rapids. On U.P. maps, the Ontonagon ...
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