With 80% of its length as flowing flatwater, for whitewater paddlers, this beautiful stretch of the Pine River is best considered as a way to add 1.3 miles of class 1-2 rapids to a trip from Hwy 55 by taking out at Hwy 139. Or, it could be a way to add some distance and a rapids onto a downriver trip by starting above Chipmunk Rapids. The whole trip from Stevens Lake Rd to Chipmunk Rapids takes about 4 hours. The Pine River is a state of Wisconsin designated Wild River however, all of the public-owned riparian land along this section of the Pine is USFS land that is managed similar to but not the same as WI DNR managed land further downriver. Camping, continuously running artesian spring water, and pit-toilet are available at the USFS campground at Chipmunk Rapids.
Put-in is on river-left, upriver of the bridge. Parking is along the road only.
Near the end of this 1/3-mile long class 1-2 rapids is Stevens Creek on the left. An excellent tent camping spot is available at the confluence, on the upriver point of land.
This mile long, stretch of class 1 and swifts starts shortly after the end of Stevens Creek Rapids continues all the way to the Hwy 139 Bridge
This optional takeout is on river-left just downriver from the bridge. Current is swift so be in place to make the eddy and avoid getting swept downriver. There is a parking area off the NE guardrail end of the bridge.
Swifts and Class 1 rapids continue for another 0.6 miles past the bridge.
This is another optional takeout and a way to adjust trip length. Access is undeveloped but generally on river-left, upriver of the bridge. Parking is along the road.
1.4 miles above the start of Chipmunk Rapids. In 2019, a local effort will look at the potential to locate access (with short walk-in distance) in this area that would be on USFS land at 1.4 miles above the start of Chipmunk Rapids.
Two sets of class 2 rapids (higher water may decrease the need for maneuvering and lower the rapids to a fast, class 1). A small, close-to-river house on river-left signals the approach with rapids starting around the right turn. Land on both sides of the river along the first rapids is private. USFS land, on both sides, starts just after the end of the upper rapids.
Photo: Chipmunk Rapids (1520cfs at USGS flow station). Photo taken by John, 5/6/2018
The landing is tucked in on river-right, 150 feet downriver from the bridge. There is a staff gauge mounted on the downriver, river-right side of the center bridge support (interpretation in tab on flow). 100 feet up the path to the parking lot is the continuously running artesian spring water. The USFS campground starts just to the left as you get to the parking lot. A pit-toilet building is available
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Permits are not required for this reach.
From the Stevens Lake Rd. put-in drive 1.5 miles south and turn left onto Long Lake Rd. (FS2168). Drive 1.4 miles and turn right to continue on Long Lake Rd 1/3 mile to Hwy 139. Turn left on Hwy 139. Drive 5.7 miles north and turn right on Hwy 70. Drive 1.1 miles and turn right on Dream Lake Rd (FS2450) into Tipler. Drive 2.6 miles on Dream Lake Rd by turning left at the T intersection just past Tipler. Turn right on Chipmunk Rapids Rd. (FS2156) and drive 2.5 miles to parking lot entrance, on left, just past the bridge. The put-in at Chipmunk Rapids landing is down a 100 foot trail off of the parking lot. Total shuttle one-way length is 12.5 miles.
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