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Situated on the north end of Little Bay de Noc, Rapid River, Michigan is an unincorporated community in Masonville Township, Delta County, in the Upper Peninsula.

The Tacoosh River and the Rapid River flow through the community, emptying into the bay, and the mouth of the Whitefish River is just east of the community.

US Highway 2 passes through Rapid River, where it intersects with US Highway 41, the two running concurrently as they exit the community in the west. Other routes serving Rapid River include Bay Shore Drive, Brampton 27.5 Road, S. 75 Road, and S. 6 Road.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Rapid River include Gladstone, Garden, and Escanaba, while the unincorporated communities of Maywood, Perkins, and Beaver are within ten miles.

The community was named for the waterway of the same name, which has a series of rapids for miles, from its mouth to its headwaters.

Rapid River was founded as a railroad town when a railroad stop was established there by the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad. Later, a junction of the Soo Line ran north to Alger County. For a time, this branch was used to transport iron ore between the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad and St. Ignace, making a connection with the main line at Trout Lake. In 1890, the Soo Line built a small passenger and freight station.

Originally, the community was known as Rapid Siding, but it was changed to Rapid River in 1887 when a village site was platted and recorded by Mr. Hibbard, of Hibbard & Wright, which operated a sawmill and grocery store there. Additional plats were later made by W.H. Cole and August Schram.

Although platted, Rapid River was never incorporated as a village, although a post office was established on March 3, 1888, with Perry G. Wright as postmaster. The Rapid River post office serves the Delta County townships of Baldwin, Bay de Noc, Brampton, Ensign, Garden, Maple Ridge, Masonville, and Nahma, as well as a small area in Mathias Township in Alger County.

Today, Rapid River is a popular destination for fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts, given its proximity to Little Bay de Noc, Lake Michigan, and several waterways. The Hiawatha National Forest is just east of town, and there are several guest lodging and summer lodging facilities in Rapid River and the surrounding region.

K-12 public school education in Rapid River is provided by Rapid River Schools, a one-campus school east of the community.

Fire coverage is provided through the Masonville Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Ensign Township Fire Department, while emergency medical services are provided by the Masonville Township Volunteer EMS Service.

The focal point of this portion of our guide is on the unincorporated locality known as Rapid River, Michigan. Appropriate topics include websites representing any governmental bodies within the town, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities.



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