Paint River

Iron River, Michigan 49935

Paint River

Paint River Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Iron River
Nearby City
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
12 - 15 hours
Best May to October
Ottawa National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Gibbs City, Sunset Lake, Amasa, Kelso Junction, Crystal Falls
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Jul 2018