Wolf - C) Hollister Rd to Langlade (Hwy 64) (8 miles)

Wolf, Wisconsin, US


C) Hollister Rd to Langlade (Hwy 64) (8 miles) (Section 2 of the Wolf)

Usual Difficulty I-II (varies with level)
Avg. Gradient 15 fpm
Max Gradient 26 fpm

Oxbow Rapids

Oxbow Rapids
Photo of Oxbow Rapids by John Lee taken 04/27/07 @ 408 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
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.

River Description

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 countless eddies.

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-06-12 13:10:37

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Burnt Point RapidsII
1.0Nine-mile RapidsI
2.8Oxbow RapidsII
3.8Cedar RapidsII
4.2Hemlock RapidsII
5.6Irrigation DitchN/AAccess
6.4Sherry RapidsII
7.3Larzelere RapidsII

Rapid Descriptions

Burnt Point Rapids (Class II)

This is right at the put-in.

Nine-mile Rapids (Class I, Mile 1.0)

A minor boulder garden as the river passes a number of islands and approaches a railroad trestle.

Oxbow Rapids (Class II, Mile 2.8)

This occurs at (no surprise) at a big 'oxbow' in the river.

Irrigation Ditch (Class N/A, Mile 5.6)

This is an alternate access point to do 'short section II'.

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