Wolf, Wisconsin, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||15 fpm|
|Max Gradient||26 fpm|
|WOLF RIVER AT LANGLADE, WI|
|usgs-04074950||250 - 3000 cfs||I-II||01h06m||396 cfs (running)|
|Low-to-moderate boatable flow. Gauge (463 sq.mi. drainage) is at the end of this reach, thus quite accurately reflects actual flow.|
This 8-mile stretch is commonly know as "Section II" of the Wolf. It is often paddled
by beginners, because it offers a variety of Class I and II rapids with good surfing waves and
Put in at Hollister Road, at the top of Burnt Point Rapids. After this Class II rock-garden there is about 2.5 miles of flatwater to reach a succession of three Class II rapids: Oxbow, Cedar and Hemlock. The last one, Hemlock, is the shortest but offers the biggest challenge with its higher gradient.
Another two miles of flatwater follows, which passes "Irrigation Ditch". Boaters commonly run this 3-mile section ("Short II") from the Ditch down to Langlade, as the shuttle is easy and the trip is less than two hours.
Three rapids follow on this section. The second - Sherry Rapid - is by far the most difficult on the entire stretch.
Take out on river right just past the Langlade Bridge. The Wisconsin DNR maintains the public access, complete with outhouses and a large parking area.
Good reference: "Paddling Northern Wisconsin," by Mike Svob. Wisconsin Trails Press.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Burnt Point Rapids||II|
This is right at the put-in.
A minor boulder garden as the river passes a number of islands and approaches a railroad trestle.
This occurs at (no surprise) at a big 'oxbow' in the river.
This is an alternate access point to do 'short section II'.