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Difficulty I-II at this flow (I-II normally)
Length Miles
Flow Range 250 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago ~ 558 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 10/11/2014 12:07 pm

River Description

The Lily River put-in is no longer used as commonly as the Hwy 52 west put-in, just downstream from the blue suspension bridge. (Lily River enters on the left, just 0.2 mile downstream.)

The character of the Wolf River changes south of Lily. Upstream you'll find a marshy, winding and mostly quietwater river. Downstream, the Wolf become the classic boulder garden river for which it has become known.

There are two Class II rapids and a few Class I riffle rapids in this short, 3.5 mile stretch. At about 2.5 miles you'll reach Big Slough Gundy, a low Class II rapid in a wide stretch of river. Less than a mile later, Little Slough Gundy is a Class II rapid through a beautiful narrow stretch, with a couple of small ledge drops.

The recommended take out is at Wolf Road, just after Little Slough Gundy, on river left.

For those continuing on for the 'full reach', the remainder of the distance to Hollister Road (the normal put-in for the next section) is flatwater and light (class I) rapids.

For those interested in history, logging era timber is commonly seen on this stretch. Those willing to put in the time can find timber company brands burned into the ends of eight-footers that haven't rotted away.

Recommended reading: Paddling Northern Wisconsin, by Mike Svob, Wisconsin Trails Press, Madison, WI.

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: 333 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Drainage area at our listed put-in is approximately 333 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software).

minor rips

Class - I Mile - 0.58
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St. Claire Rapids

Class - I Mile - 1
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Nearly a half-mile of light rapids.

marked 'rapids'

Class - I Mile - 1.9
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Not long after St.Claire Rapids peter out, another minor rips is encountered.

Big Slough Gundy Rapids

Class - II Mile - 2.59
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The river narrows considerably through here, which may create increasing waves and 'push' as flows increase.

Little Slough Gundy Rapids

Class - II Mile - 2.85
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A relatively brief pool separates the end of Big Slough Gundy from the start of Little Slough Gundy.

Big Sheen Rapids

Class - I Mile - 3.4
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Our recommended take-out lies right at the head of this minor (class I) rapids.

Little Sheen Rapids

Class - I Mile - 3.82
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minor shoals/rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 6.25
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At low/moderate flows, some minor shoals may be encountered around mile 6.25. It is likely at higher flows that these will be well covered and won't create anything meaningful.

Burnt Point Rapids

Class - II Mile - 6.46
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This is rapids lies at the take-out for 'long section 1', and the put-in for 'section 2'.


Gage Descriptions

The stretch is paddleable at any level, but more enjoyable at something above 400 cfs.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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1195450 06/12/09 Rob
1196112 09/21/09 Rob
1203716 10/11/14 Rob very minor edit
1196115 09/22/09 Rob modify rapids description