Difficulty I-II at this flow (I-II normally)
Length Miles
Flow Range 250 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 47 minutes ago 721 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/02/2019 12:51 am

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.

Rapid Descriptions

Burnt Point Rapids

Class - II Mile - 0
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This is right at the put-in.

Nine-mile Rapids

Class - I Mile - 1
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A minor boulder garden as the river passes a number of islands and approaches a railroad trestle.

Oxbow Rapids

Class - II Mile - 2.8
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This occurs at (no surprise) at a big 'oxbow' in the river.

Cedar Rapids

Class - II Mile - 3.75
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Hemlock Rapids

Class - II Mile - 4.2
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Irrigation Ditch

Class - N/A Mile - 5.6
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This is an alternate access point to do 'short section II'.

Sherry Rapids

Class - II Mile - 6.35
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Larzelere Rapids

Class - II Mile - 7.3
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Gage Descriptions

The local (paddlers) gauge is located at the intersections of Highways 64 and 55, Langlade, Wis. Park at the motel on the corner and walk down the stairs behind the motel. The gauge measures the level in inches.
Low flow is below 6 inches, medium between 6-12, and high above 12. Spring flood levels run in the 20s.
One inch on this gauge is roughly equal to 50 cfs on the USGS gauge.

Directions Description

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192112 08/25/04 n/a
1195449 06/12/09 Rob Insert distances on rapids
1211686 04/02/19 Rob updated image position