N4017 US Highway 2 (at the M-95-US-2 Junction), Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Phone: 906-563-5450 or E-mail:

Northwoods Adventures offers thrilling Whitewater Rafting trips in the south central Upper Peninsula. All rafting adventures leave from our new Outpost on the north side of Iron Mountain, MI at the junction of US-2 and M-95. Walk-ins are always welcome, but we recommend a reservation as rafting is a popular summer adventure and space is limited.

RENTALS: Canoes, Kayaks, and Stand-Up Paddleboards 

Enjoy the excitement of whitewater rafting with Northwoods Adventures Rafting Trips through Piers Gorge on the Menominee River,  the Sturgeon River Rapids, and Horserace Rapids on the Paint River between Florence WI and Crystal Falls, MI.  As Michigan’s white water hospitality experts, we will do our best to provide you with an action packed adventure on the water. 

Our experienced guides have hundreds of hours paddling these rivers
and will take you on a safe and exciting adventure on the waters of the Upper Peninsula.
May through September: Rafting trips daily
October: Weekend rafting trips. Enjoy the beautiful fall color.

Our rafting trips through Piers Gorge and down the Sturgeon River are by paddle rafts and accommodate 7-8 people.  Rafters have paddles and help maneuver the raft  through the white water and around the rocks on our exciting trip. We use a “Duckie” or an inflatable kayak, for a fun scenic trip down Horserace Rapids.

Take a thrilling ride through the gorge, a class IV rapids,  as you paddle the raft by rugged bluffs and stunning scenery. Rafters must be 11 years old and at least 100 pounds. Younger or lighter children over 4 years old accompanied by an adult may ride to the Piers Gorge Trail and watch the rafters as they head down this challenging river.

PIERS GORGE TRIPS  for Beginners to experts. No previous experience needed to enjoy this adventure.
Multiple departure times during the morning and afternoon
Adult: Weekday - $47.50                        Weekend - $52.95
Child: Weekday - $41.95                        Weekend - $45.95

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PIERS GORGE HALF DAY TRIP with Riverside Lunch
Memorial Day through Labor Day

This 3 ½ hour trip departs at 9:30 CST and provides additional opportunities for enjoying the wildlife and the stunning scenery. Our riverside lunch includes Whitewater Wraps with local meats, cheese, and produce; appetizers; and deserts. Let us know and we will try to accommodate food allergies and vegetarian diets. We provide Artesian well water from Norway Springs.
Adult: Weekday - $59.95                        Weekend - $63.95
Child: Weekday - $51.95                        Weekend - $56.95

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This trip departs from our Outpost at 5 pm during June and July. The trip is similar to our ½ day trip. Enjoy a delightful evening paddling through the rapids.
Adult: Weekday - $49.95                        Weekend - $54.95
Child: Weekday - $41.95                        Weekend - $45.95

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STURGEON RIVER  Class IV-V Intermediate to Advanced.
This approximately 2 hour trip is by reservation only and depends on water level to ensure an exciting rafting adventure. Early spring is generally very thrilling with the high water from the winter snowmelt.
Half Day Trip. 
Rates: Adults Only
Weekday: $57.95                        Weekend: $62.95

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Rafting Trips leave at 10 am & 3 pm
2-3 Hour Trip for ages 12 and up.

Ride Horserace Rapids in a “Duckie”, also called an inflatable kayak, for a really fun and scenic rafting adventure. Enjoy the rugged rocky bluffs and the stunning scenery as you paddle down the Paint River.

Weekdays: $30 Weekends: $35

We provide US Coast Guard approved life jackets, helmets, and paddles. We offer rental gear such as wetsuits, splash jackets, and river booties if you would like additional equipment. Don’t forget your river shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, and a change of clothes for after your trip. Please check our main website for appropriate clothing for your trip, including our rafting trips on those cooler days.  Be sure to notice that there are several items of clothing that we do not recommend for safety reasons.

Please arrive 30 minutes before any rafting trip for picking up your gear and instructional information about being safe on the water and paddling as a team.

We offer 4 large primitive group camping sites at our outpost. Amenities include a fire ring and a picnic table. Portolettes
cleaned regularly. We also offer a dishwashing station and dumpster.  


Phone 906-563-5450 or E-mail:
For additional information and reservations

Please visit our main website for detailed information on each of our rafting trips,
suggested clothing, and answers to many questions.

Visit us on Facebook for the latest updates on our whitewater rafting trips.

Northwoods Adventures is currently checking out a new river for a family rafting trip that will include those with small children. Visit our Facebook page for the latest updates on this new trip through over 2.5 miles of continuous rapids.


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