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Ontonagon River, Michigan

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Ottawa National Forest

Designated Reach:

March 3, 1992. The East Branch from its origin to the Ottawa National Forest boundary. The Middle Branch from its origin to the northern boundary of the Ottawa National Forest. The Cisco Branch from its origin at Cisco Lake Dam to its confluence with Ten-Mile Creek south of Ewen. The West Branch from its confluence with Cascade Falls to Victoria Reservoir.


Wild — 43.0 miles; Scenic — 35.0 miles; Recreational — 92.0 miles; Total — 170.0 miles.

Ontonagon River


Ontonagon River Management Plan (1.4 MB PDF)

Photo Credit: Steve Brimm, Brimmages.com

Ontonagon River

In this back country setting, the gorge-like landscape, exposed sandstone cliffs and waterfalls provide a unique recreational area for the Midwest. The river also has excellent fishing for resident brown trout, Lake Superior run salmon and steelhead. The river's outstandingly remarkable values include scenery, recreation, geology, fish and wildlife.