Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Spring at Sturgeon River Falls

The Wild and Scenic Sturgeon River rushes out of the northern portion of this wilderness, over the 20 foot volcanic outcroppings of Sturgeon Falls, and through a gorge that reaches 350 feet in depth and a mile in width. Throughout this rugged, steep Wilderness, the Sturgeon and Little Silver Rivers and their tributaries have carved falls, rapids, ponds, oxbows, and terraces. Stunning views are possible from the eastern rim of the gorge. Except for a few naturally bare slopes, most of the land is forested with pine, hemlock, aspen, sugar maple, birch, and basswood. When the leaves of the hardwoods change color in the fall, they form a vivid tapestry. There are few established trails in Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness, and the few overgrown logging roads are hard to find and follow. The North Country National Scenic Trail parallels the northern and eastern boundaries for about eight miles. Sturgeon River Campground offers seven sites on the southeastern boundary. In spring and during peak runoff, kayaking and white water canoeing are challenging, and only recommended for advanced paddlers.

Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness Map

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets,Parking
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: May-October
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles of any kind are authorized within the Wilderness boundaries.
Closest Towns: Sidnaw, Mi is 3 miles to the south.
Water: None
Restroom: None

General Information

Directions:

From Sidnaw, Mi., travel east on M 28 approximately ¼ mile to FR 2200, turn left onto FR 2200. There are several locations you are able to enter into the Wilderness, it is recommended that you use the campground or approved trailhead. To access the campground travel north on FR 2200 approximately 5 miles. To access the southern most trailhead travel north on FR 2200 approximately 3 miles to FR 2224, the trailhead is on the right on FR 2224.


Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Hiking

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Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

There are several trails located within the boundries of the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness that will allow you to explore deep into the Wilderness.  To view a map of the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness click here.

Fire InformationNone
Status: Open
Open Season: January-December
Best Season: June-September
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Backpacking

Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

There are few established trails in Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness and the few old logging roads are overgrown and hard to follow.  However, you can still enjoy the area while backpacking.  The North Country Trail borders the wilderness on the north and east for about 8 miles.  There are also several shorter trails that will allow you to enter into the wilderness and explore. 

There are several trails that traverse the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness.  Click here to view a Map of the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness.

General Info:

Seasonal Information

The Wilderness and trails are open year round, however snowfall can make travel very dificult.  Please plan appropriately.


Fire InformationNo fires permitted

Nature Viewing

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Amenities

Toilets
Parking
Tent camping
Camping trailer


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