Not quite whitewater, the river has an average descent of 14 feet per mile, which keeps the water cold and well oxygenated. On its 40 mile journey north to Burt Lake, the river has plenty of fantastic fishing opportunities. Quick turns, scenic bluffs and a variety of flora and fauna make this a very beautiful river. With a fair amount of road crossings, access to the river is not difficult, however much of the riparian shoreline is privately owned, so once in the water it is best to stay in the river. With its quick flow, the Sturgeon has great runs and riffles as well as deep outlying pools which hold a very good population of brown and rainbow trout. As with most of our rivers in northern Michigan, the Sturgeon gets a little larger in the lower stretches and can hold trout over the 20 inch mark. In the heat of the summer, the Sturgeon also gets a push of summer-run rainbow and brown trout out of Burt Lake which can lead to a good shot at a trophy class fish on a dry fly. Steelhead are also available in the spring throughout the system.