This river is under Congressional study for designation to the Wild and Scenic River System. It is currently under the protection of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act pursuant to Section 7 (b) of the Act.
Main stem of the Ontonagon River system. Flows through western upper peninsula wild country. Watershed heavily forested with very little development. Excellent floating and fishing. Located in a deeply incised valley in an area of high hills with land flattening out near mouth. Many high gravel banks. Proposed by state for study for inclusion in State Natural Rivers System.
Canoe access and parking is available at a Forest Service wayside in the town of Watersmeet where US-45 crosses the river. A portage is necessary at Mex-i-min-e falls which is approximately 9 miles down the river before Burned Dam campground. The rest of the trip to Bond Falls Flowage has moderate rapids and quiet pools for fishing. There are approximately 11 additional miles to Bond Falls Flowage. Just about any kind of native fish can be caught from the campground to Bond Falls Flowage.
A tributary to Ontonagon River. Flows through largely primitive watershed. Good fishing and can be canoed (difficult at times). Flows through very scenic valley with no cultural intrusions in lower 25 miles.
THE SEGMENT FROM ITS ORIGIN TO THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF THE OTTAWA NATIONAL FOREST WAS ADDED AS A COMPONENT OF THE NATIONAL WILD AND SCENIC rivers SYSTEM ON 3/3/92.
This 25.3 mile river stretch begins at the M-28 bridge in Ewen and ends at the Victoria Dam. These are the only available access sites. Rapids located within the last 2 miles can be very difficult during medium to high water.
Part of the Ontonagon system. Essentially primitive with small amount of farming. Flows in part in Ottawa National Forest. Good recreational opportunity.
THE SEGMENT FROM ITS ORIGIN AT CISCO LAKE DAM TO ITS CONFLUENCE WITH TEN-MILE CREEK SOUTH OF EWEN WAS ADDED AS A COMPONENT OF THE NATIONAL WILD AND SCENIC rivers SYSTEM ON 3/3/92.
Scenic attraction especially when river is running full usually during spring breakup and in late fall. Native brook trout fishing . Popular for canoeing.
A tributary to Ontonagon. Good fishing and floating. Flows in part through land owned by the U.S. Forest Service. Good to excellent water quality. Receives moderate recreational use.
THE SEGMENT FROM ITS ORIGIN TO THE OTTAWA NATIONAL FOREST BOUNDARY WAS ADDED AS A COMPONENT OF THE NATIONAL WILD AND SCENIC rivers SYSTEM ON 3/3/92.
Part of Ontonagon River system. Excellent canoeing and good fishing opportunity. Flows through western upper peninsula wild country with minimal cultural intrusions.
THE SEGMENT FROM ITS CONFLUENCE WITH CASCADE FALLS TO VICTORIA RESERVOIR WAS ADDED AS A COMPONENT OF THE NATIONAL WILD AND SCENIC rivers SYSTEM ON 3/3/92.
View of Trap Hills to north. Flows through gorge-like landscape.
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