Canoeing in Hurley WI at Montreal River - West Branch

Canoeing in Hurley WI at Montreal River - West Branch

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.

One of the Midwest's most challenging whitewater kayak rivers under high water conditions. Site of the 1994 ICF Junior World Kayak Championships. Water levels fluctuate greatly by season. Class II-Class V rapids and numerous falls. Lower portion flows through 300-foot-deep Montreal River Canyon. Take out at Hwy 122 near Lake Superior. NOTE: This river has not been officially surveyed. For expert kayakers only. Low water conditions make river impassable.

Water levels fluctuate greatly since the West Branch is used for hydro-electric power generation. The river marks the boundary between Michigan and Wisconsin. During spring high water conditions, the West Branch can offer thrilling white water experiences for experienced kayakers.

The Montreal River Canyon is located on private property. Canyon walls are steep-sided and not barricaded or marked. Permission should be asked of landowners before entering this area. Paddlers should be cautioned that there is no land access out of the canyon once it is entered.

Before planning a trip on this river, we encourage paddlers to contact Trek & Trail Outfitters, U.S. 2, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: 906-663-4791 for condition updates on this route.

Montreal River map

Montreal River - West Branch for Canoeing in the City of Hurley - Iron County (Northwest Wisconsin).


Montreal River - West Branch
P.O. Box 97
Hurley, WI 54534
United States
715) 561-2922
Fax: (715) 561-3103

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