Paint River Forks Campground
This campground is a small rural campground that offers river bank camping. Located at the fork of the South and North Branch of the Paint River it offers canoeing and fishing opportunities.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Services begin May 15, 2022. Fee-free campground, toilets available, no water, pack in-pack out|
|Area Amenities:||Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets|
|Fees:||No Charge, please be aware that there are no services provided at this location. Please pack in pack out supplies and garbage.|
|Open Season:||May 15 - September 30|
|Restrictions:||This campground is open but with limited services at this time. There is currently no charge for camping. Pack in and Pack out. No water available at this site.|
|Closest Towns:||Iron River, Michigan is approximately 10 miles to the southeast.|
From Iron River, Mi., travel west on US 2, turn right (north) on CR 657, travel approximately 9 miles north, turn left to continue following CR 657, travel approximately 1 1/2 miles west to campground on right.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
This campground is a small rural campground that offers river bank camping. Located at the fork of the South and North Branch of the Paint River it offers canoeing and fishing opportunities. From Iron River, Mi., travel west on US 2, turn right (north) on CR 657, travel approximately 9 miles north, turn left (west) to continue following CR 657, travel approximately 1 1/2 miles west to campground on right.
|No. of Sites||4|
|Reservation Info||No Reservations|
|Fire Information||Yes in Fire Rings|
|No. of Accessible sites||0|
|Fees:||No Fee Campground|
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Intermediate|
River and Stream Fishing
Golden Creek located in Iron County on the Iron River Ranger District runs northeast to southwest where it empties into the North Branch of the Paint River. To get to this stream from Iron River, MI take County Road 657 north, County Road 657 will become Ponozzo Road, turn left onto FR 2197, Golden Creek is at the end of the road.
|Fish Species||Brook Trout|
|Fishing Mode||Bank, Wade, or Float|
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Difficult|
Boating - Non-Motorized
North Branch Paint River 12.5 miles of floatable/canoeable river. FH16 to FR 3152, 5.5 miles; FR 2152 to Paint River Forks Campground, 7 miles. Access and limited parking at pull-off on FH16. Canoeable below FR 2152 during average summers. Some portage around man-made and beaver dams may be necessary even during peak flow periods.
|Class of rapids||Class I|
|Type of Craft||Canoe/Kayak|
|Water/Flow Level||High Flow period is the 1-15 May|
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to More Difficult|
|Boat ramp:||Canoe Put In|