Sparrow Rapids Trail

Sparrow Rapids Trail

Address: 46.504719, -88.947490
Countie(s) trail is located in: Houghton
Trail Type(s): Hiking <> Fishing <> Camping <> Canoe/Kayak
Trail Measurement: 1/4 mile with hills at the campground and 8 1/2 mile long for Davidson Lakes Hunter Trail
If you are at the trail and this trail needs the latitude and longitude please click the link below and add it to the Add/Edit Trail Form to give us the information.

Click to view your current location on a map.

Although we camped here we did not see any references to Davidson Lake Hunter Trail. The campground itself has a small trail about 1/4 mile long that goes along the river with beautiful scenery. The campsite itself is usually full but if you wait a day or two you can usually get a spot. Fire rings and outhouses are provided with 6 campsites spaced out enough with trees in-between to give you seclusion. From other reviews and our own experience, the campground was very quiet so we were able to enjoy listening to the river. My wife was able to find one Yooper Light (a rock that glows in the dark under a blacklight) just in the driveway.

Sparrow Rapids Campground provides visitors with an opportunity to be near wilderness and a Wild/Recreation River at the same time. This campground has six campsites that can accommodate tents, trailers, and motor homes. It is a limited-service campground.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: No Fee for Camping – Limited Services are Provided
Open Season: June 13, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2020
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Kenton, Mi. is 4 miles to the south.
Water: None
Restroom: Pit Toilet


From Kenton take FH 16 north 1/4 mile to FR 1100. Turn left onto FR 1100 and travel northwest for 3 miles to the campground.


Fire Information: Yes in Fire Rings
No. of Sites: 6
Reservation Info: No Reservations
Sleeping Shelter: No
Status: Open
Fees: No Charge – Limited Services
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


River and Stream Fishing
East Branch Ontonagon River. This river can be accessed from the Picnic area at the intersection of M-28 and FH 16 in Kenton or from the Sparrow Rapids Campground. To get to the campground from Kenton take FH 16 north 1/4 mile, turn left onto FR 1100. Take FR 1100 northwest for 3 miles to the campground.

Accessible Platform: None
Fishing Platform: None
Fish Species: Brook Trout, Rainbow, Brown Trout, Steelhead, Salmon, Small Mouth Bass & Walleye
Fishing Mode: Bank, Wade or Float
Cleaning Station: None
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult


Day Hiking
Davidson Lakes Hunter Trail is a loop trail, approximately 8 1/2 miles long. The trail can be made shorter by taking different branches. The Trail takes you through pine and northern hardwood forest on rolling sandy ground. There are several lakes and ponds to be seen along the trail. The difficulty of walking is between easy and medium. Nice walk with lots of opportunities to see waterfowl and other forest animals.

Fire Information: None
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Sparrow Rapids Picnic Area provides a quiet small area for families to enjoy a picnic next to the river.

Water Activities

Boating – Non-Motorized
East Branch Ontonagon River provides 15.5 miles of floatable/Canoeable river(Onion Creek to Middle Branch). Access to the river can be gained at the bridge on Gardner Road 1 1/4 miles SW of FR 1180, which is 8 miles south of Mass City, MI; Bridge 5.5 miles south of Mass City (gauging station); Military Bridge on Highway US45 (Roadside Park) which is 11 miles north of Bruce Crossing, MI. Low flow or other hazards causes this river to be only canoeable in the northern-most portions of the forest. The remaining sections are impassable due to down trees, beaver dams, thick vegetation, and long rock stretches.

Trailer Parking: No
Type of Craft: Canoe/Kayak
Fuel availability: No
Marina/Mooring: No
Water/Flow Level: High Flow period is April 15 to June.
Launch Ramps: No
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult


  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Camping trailer


References and More Info

  • USDA
  • Compass Latitude: 46° 30′ 16.9884” N
  • Compass Longitude: 88° 56′ 50.964” W
  • Numeric Latitude: 46.504719
  • Numeric Longitude: -88.947490
  • Elevation in Feet:
  • Elevation in Meters:
  • Trail Measurement: 1/4 mile with hills at the campground and 8 1/2 mile long for Davidson Lakes Hunter Trail


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *