Whitewater Rafting: The Adventure of a Lifetime

Have you ever paddled an inflatable raft through a veritable sea of whitewater, working together with a team of people all striving toward the same goal: make it to the other side in one piece? If you haven’t, Iron Mountain offers the perfect place to try it for the first time.

You won’t have to worry about anything. We’ll set you up with an outfitter who will provide the raft, a lifejacket and other water gear, and even transportation to the put-in site. All you’ll have to do is get in the boat, hold onto your paddle, and follow your guide’s simple instructions. Think you’re game?

Rafting in Piers Gorge

Piers Gorge offers scenic views and some of the best whitewater the Menominee River has to offer. It is the deepest gorge in the midwest and its whitewater reminiscent of that most commonly seen in larger rivers out west.

Most rafting tours of Piers Gorge start out with an easy float over class I and II rapids. These are basically smooth waters, offering rafters the chance to get used to their boat, their paddle, and their guide. You’ll practice following the guide’s instructions so that, once you enter the class IV rapids in the gorge, you’ll know exactly what to do.

Most tours also stop at the Piers Gorge Portage Trail before they take you through the gorge. This allows you to walk forward, with your guide, to see the rapids you’re about to drop into. This short hike prepares you for what is ahead and gives you a visual experience of the whole river. Once you’re on the rapids, you won’t have time to look around.

Some tours even run the gorge twice. If you do this, you’ll put out at the bottom and use the portage trail to take your raft back to the top again. This can give you a chance to really get to know the area and experience the rapids in a fuller way.

Other Rafting Options

If big rapids don’t sound like your thing, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy rafting. Most of the outfitters in the area recognize that not everyone wants that kind of wild ride. They provide other rafting trips for people who aren’t interested in braving the gorge.

The Menominee is full of wide, peaceful waters, too. Class I and II rapids (which aren’t really rapids at all) are perfect for beginning rafters or those who prefer to sit back and enjoy the scenery rather than listen to their own hearts pound. Ask us about a gentle rafting trip, and we’ll help you get connected with the perfect outfitter for you.

No matter whether you prefer a long, languid float on a peaceful river or a heart-pounding adventure through some rapids, the Menominee River is the place to go for rafting. Let us know you’re interested when you book your cabin, and we’ll help you get everything set up before you arrive.