Michigan isn't usually the first state that comes to mind when thinking about taking a whitewater rafting trip.

Typically, people tend to think of places like Colorado or West Virginia as the go-to spots for the most ferocious rapids. However, while these locations do have some of the best rapids in the country, it doesn't mean you can't experience the same thrill here in Michigan.

Michigan has over 120 major rivers throughout the state. The question is whether or not they're perfect for whitewater rafting.

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Is There Anywhere to Go Whitewater Rafting in Michigan?

The answer is yes. There are places to go whitewater in Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

I found it more of a surprise that you could go whitewater in the Lower Peninsula. I honestly thought you could only go whitewater rafting in the Upper Peninsula. You'll face classes 1 and 2 on a section of the Sturgeon River in Cheboygan County in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

If you travel to the Upper Peninsula you'll face more intense rapids on the Menominee River which is on the border of Michigan and Wisconsin in the town of Niagara just across the river from Norway, Michigan. According to Wildman Adventure Resort, you'll tackle class 3 and 4 rapids.

What are Class Levels in Whitewater Rafting?

According to Raft Masters, classes 1 and 2 are float trips. Class 3 is a typical beginner level for rafting. Class 4 is intermediate to advanced and good for adventure rafters. Class 5 is advanced and recommended only for experienced rafters. Anything beyond that, you should just stay away.

I've taken on some class 5 rapids in West Virginia and it was one of the most thrilling experiences in my life.

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