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Rapid-River is nestled along Lake Michigan's Little Bay de Noc in Delta County in the state's Upper Peninsula. The village of Rapid River was named after the River, which has a series of rapids that run for miles from the mouth of the river to its headwaters. Approximately 30,000 acres make up the Little Bay de Noc and 90,000 the Big Bay de Noc, making it a fisherman's paradise. Some of the best fishing in the U.S.A. can be found here, and the Bays de Noc are best known for their trophy walleyes. Parks and recreation areas abound in Delta County near Rapid Rive, including beaches with lifeguards, playgrounds, picnic areas, sand volleyball, hiking and bike paths and eight golf courses. The rivers provide canoeing, tubing and kayaking opportunities. The climate in Rapid River is milder than the rest of the Upper Peninsula, making it perfect as a year round vacation destination. In autumn, the woods are beautiful in their colors of red, gold, yellow and orange. Winter brings cross-country skiing, ice-skating, snowmobiling and ice fishing. Places to visit near Rapid River include the Sand Point Lighthouse, the Delta County Historical Society Museum in Escanaba's Ludington Park, Miners Castle, Pictured Rocks, Horserace Rapids and several beautiful waterfalls.

Surrounding areas: Gladstone, Michigan (7.7 mi), Escanaba, Michigan (14.3 mi), Manistique, Michigan (30.9 mi), Au Train, Michigan (36.0 mi), Munising, Michigan (36.4 mi), Gwinn, Michigan (36.9 mi)

Rapid River Vacation Rentals

Rapid River Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
All Seasons Motel9911 Hwy 2Rapid River, MI (906) 474-6062
Terrace Bay Inn7146 P RdGladstone, MI10.9 mi.(906) 786-7554
Days Inn2603 N Lincoln RdEscanaba, MI13.5 mi.(906) 789-1200
Escanaba Super 82415 N Lincoln RdEscanaba, MI13.5 mi.(906) 786-1000
Econo Lodge921 N Lincoln RdEscanaba, MI14.1 mi.(906) 789-1066
Comfort Suites3600 Ludington StEscanaba, MI15.6 mi.(906) 786-9630

Rapid River Weather & Climate

During late autumn and winter, cold arctic air sweeps across the Great Lakes, and can bring locally heavy snow, known as "snow squalls." Often, while squalls hit one area, blue skies will prevail just a short distance away. Lake effect snowfall contributes between 30% and 50% of the annual snowfall on the eastern and southern shores of the Great Lakes. In summer, the cooling lake breezes have a positive effect on the climate, keeping it from becoming too hot and uncomfortable. Spring and summer in northern Michigan experiences precipitation in the form of rain showers and thunderstorms. Autumn is sunny with mild days and cool nights - too cold for swimming, but just right for other activities such as fall color tours, antiquing, golfing, and exploring the countryside.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 25°F 7°F 1.44 in. -
February 27°F 7°F 0.95 in. -
March 35°F 17°F 1.87 in. -
April 46°F 30°F 1.95 in. -
May 59°F 42°F 2.74 in. -
June 70°F 51°F 3.02 in. -
July 76°F 57°F 3.36 in. -
August 74°F 56°F 3.52 in. -
September 66°F 48°F 3.20 in. -
October 54°F 38°F 2.49 in. -
November 41°F 27°F 2.53 in. -
December 30°F 14°F 1.46 in. -

Rapid River Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Delta County airport (ESC) located about 16 miles southwest of Rapid River in Escanaba, Michigan, the Sawyer International airport (SAW) located approximately 39 miles northwest of Rapid River in Marquette, Michigan, the Ford airport (IMT) located roughly 59 miles west of Rapid River in Iron Mountain Kingsford, Michigan, and finally the Menominee Marinette Twin County airport (MNM) located around 65 miles southwest of Rapid River in Menominee, Michigan.

Rapid River Attractions

Golf Courses
Gladstone Golf CourseGladstoneMI7.8 mi.
Irish Oaks Golf CourseGladstoneMI7.8 mi.
Terrace Bluff Golf ClubGladstoneMI7.8 mi.
Nahma Golf CourseNahmaMI11.9 mi.
Country Meadows Golf CourseEscanabaMI14.5 mi.
Escanaba Country ClubEscanabaMI14.5 mi.
Highland Golf ClubEscanabaMI14.5 mi.
TriValley Golf & Country ClubGardenMI18.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Marquette MountainMarquetteMI50.1 mi.
Pine MountainIron MountainMI57.2 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI82.5 mi.
Ski BruleIron RiverMI85.3 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI90.5 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI97.2 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI103.5 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI106.4 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI108.2 mi.
State Parks
Palms Book State ParkMI25.9 mi. 
Indian Lake State ParkMI26.7 mi. 
Rock Island State ParkWI34.8 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI110.9 mi.

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