Beyond the many country back roads through the forests, along Lake Superior, and near our waterfalls, the Pines and Mines Mountain Bike Trail System offers 300 miles of marked and mapped mountain biking opportunities. This trail system runs through the abundant public lands of Iron County and the nearby Ottawa National Forest. Trails incorporate many of the county's historic transportation, mining and lumbering sites, as well as plenty of forests, lakes and waterfalls.
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Kayak and canoe route abound on the lakes and rivers of our north woods paradise. Some of the examples of what you can experience includes:
For the Expert
The Montreal River is one of those rare rivers that flow northward. For hundreds of years it was known to the Chippewa as "Kawasiji-wangsepi" or White Falls River. The final miles of this river - in the spring time when water is particularly high as our bountiful snow melts - is truly an epic adventure. During the spring this river that forms a border between Wisconsin and Michigan offers you thrilling white water through the Montreal River Canyon running for about three miles between the base of Saxon Falls and the top of the dam just before Superior Falls. This is a deep and beautiful canyon, but once you start you are committed. At levels above 2.5' the rapids become continuous, rescue difficult, eddies few and far between. In many places hiking out is impossible.
For All Skill Levels
Wisconsin's "north coast" along the southern shores of mighty Lake Superior offers the kayak and canoe enthusiast a chance to step back in time. As far back as 1650, Native Americans would paddle from their settlement on Madeline Island to the mouth of the Montreal River in large lake canoes. From there they would follow the Flambeau Trail south. Paddling along the shores will give you a variety of coastal views, from gentle sandy beaches to steep, red clay cliffs. Along the shoreline you can find agates. Stick close to shore on Lake Superior as bad weather is known to come up quickly and Lake Superior can become extremely rough with waves more than 10 feet high. Beginners should not venture out very far alone.
The Turtle River Trail from North Turtle Lake to Lake of the Falls County Park offers you 27 miles with many put-in and take-out possibilities.
Whether you want to explore Lake Superior and her shoreline or some of the exciting whitewater in the Montreal River Canyon, trained guides can outfit you and take you where few have gone before. Check them out at:
Cross country ski trails in the Hurley area offer you a variety of outdoor experiences and skill levels to truly enjoy the natural beauty of the north woods. Among the Nordic ski centers in the area, you will discover:
The Montreal Trails with 15 km that pass by remnants of the Montreal Mining operation and give you a variety of options to ski the right distance and difficulty for your ability.
For the ultimate in scenic beauty and challenging skiing, the Uller Trail with its 30 km and Krankala Spur with an additional 5 km surpass all others. The trail winds through the Penokee Range to Montreal, with shorter spurs that offer you great scenery without the distance.
The Cedar Trail in Gurney follows ravines and plateaus to Lake Superior - watch out for the deer.
In neighboring Ironwood, the ABR cross country ski trails offer you another 40 km of x-country options along the Michigan side of the Montreal River.
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