Wolf - D) Section 3: Langlade (Hwy 64) to Wild Wolf Inn (3.9 or 10.3 miles)


Wolf, Wisconsin, US

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D) Section 3: Langlade (Hwy 64) to Wild Wolf Inn (3.9 or 10.3 miles)

Usual Difficulty II(III) (varies with level)
Length 10.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 19 fpm
Max Gradient 40 fpm

Surfing @ Hansen's


Surfing @ Hansen's
Photo of Helge Klockow by Mark Mastalski taken 06/15/02

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
WOLF RIVER AT LANGLADE, WI
usgs-04074950 200 - 1250 cfs II(III) 00h19m 396 cfs (running)
~4-8": low boatable flow. Gauge (463 sq.mi. drainage) is at the beginning of the (full) reach, thus very accurately reflects actual flow in this reach.


River Description

Commonly referred to as Section III of the Wolf, this 10.3 mile stretch includes several Class II+ (III) rapids and some long flatwater stretches. With most of the river bank under state ownership (until the end of the run), you get the feeling of paddling in a wilderness setting.

The full run begins at Langlade, however paddlers often run an abbreviated section (called "Short III") by putting in at the DNR landing off of County Highway M. This put-in is below Twenty-Day Rapid and above Boy Scout, making for a 3.9 mile trip catching the three main drops. In either case, the run finishes immediately around the bend after Gilmore's Mistake.

Please note: this access point is privately owned by Buettner's Wild Wolf Inn. Don't drive your car down to the take-out point. Carry your boat to the boater's parking lot. Don't let your dog run around unleashed. Spend a few dollars at the bar and restaurant to thank the owners for access. Also be aware that immediately downstream of this take-out lies the county line. Proceeding downstream is trespassing within the Menominee Nation, and can be done only after paying a 'trespass fee' and getting a wrist-band to boat this next stretch of the river.


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Last Updated: 2016-05-26 12:03:36

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Surfing @ Hansen's

Detail Trip Report  Surfing @ Hansen's  Wolf section III, WI(55.94KB .jpeg)

Gilmore's Surf Wave

Detail Trip Report  Gilmore's Surf Wave  Wolf, WI(228.68KB .jpeg)

Gilmore's Mistake (Ned)

Detail Trip Report  Gilmore's Mistake (Ned)  Wolf, WI(103.29KB .jpeg)

Gilmore's Mistake (middle part)

Detail Trip Report  Gilmore's Mistake (middle part)  Wolf, WI(100.15KB .jpeg)

Gilmore's Mistake (middle part)

Detail Trip Report  Gilmore's Mistake (middle part)  Wolf, WI(101.50KB .jpeg)

Hanson's (lower part)

Detail Trip Report  Hanson's (lower part)  Wolf, WI(189.71KB .jpeg)

Gilmore's Mistake (Ned)

Detail Trip Report  Gilmore's Mistake (Ned)  Wolf, WI(103.29KB .jpeg)

Gilmore's Mistake

Detail Trip Report  Gilmore's Mistake  Wolf, WI(111.55KB .jpeg)

Gilmore's Mistake

Detail Trip Report  Gilmore's Mistake  Wolf, WI(154.93KB .jpeg)

Gilmore's Mistake (lower)

Detail Trip Report  Gilmore's Mistake (lower)  Wolf, WI(175.30KB .jpeg)

Boy Scouts Rapid (2nd foot bridge)

Detail Trip Report  Boy Scouts Rapid (2nd foot bridge)  Wolf, WI(2.27MB .jpeg)

Boy Scout Rapids (lower)

Detail Trip Report  Boy Scout Rapids (lower)  Wolf, WI(110.17KB .jpeg)

Put In @ Langlade

Detail Trip Report  Put In @ Langlade  Wolf, WI(129.84KB .jpeg)

Flatwater- Between 20 Day & Boy Scouts Rapids

Detail Trip Report  Flatwater- Between 20 Day & Boy Scouts Rapids  Wolf, WI(93.14KB .jpeg)

Gilmore's Mistake

Detail Trip Report  Gilmore's Mistake   @Wolf D) Section 3: Langlade (Hwy 64) to Wild Wolf Inn (3.9 or 10.3 miles), WI(6.40MB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

The minimum level given here (200 cfs) applies only to the more popular "short section 3" from the access point off Hwy M to Gilmore's Mistake. While the section may be run lower, it becomes scrapy in parts.
For the entire ('long section three') reach listed here, minimum should be considered 250 cfs with higher flows preferable.

The 'recommended maximum' (750 cfs) is meant only an indicator of 'high water'. There is virtually no level at which the river is 'unrunnable' (too high), and many experienced boaters will thrill to see it at these higer levels. However, levels above ~15"/~750 cfs will make the river much 'pushier' and generally make the rapids a step tougher (generally a solid class III). Some of the rapids will develop holes which beginners might best avoid.

Gauge Data (using data from 1966 through 2011):

Drainage area at gauge 463 sq.mi.
Elevation at gauge 1240 feet
Minimum mean daily flow during gauge period  127 cfs (Aug.13, 2009)
Maximum mean daily flow during gauge period  2420 cfs (April 26, 1996)
10% of time flow exceeds 732 cfs
90% of time flow exceeds 230 cfs
10/90 Ratio 3.18
Average runnable days/year 341 (93%)
(obviously winter/ice diminishes this number)

The 10/90 of 3.18 confirms that this river has what would be considered relatively uniform flow (which is why it is runnable most of the year, and will sustain the rafting businesses in the area).

 

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
WOLF RIVER AT LANGLADE, WI
usgs-04074950 200 - 1250 cfs II(III) 00h19m 396 cfs (running)
~4-8": low boatable flow.
Gauge (463 sq.mi. drainage) is at the beginning of the (full) reach, thus very accurately reflects actual flow in this reach.
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 200 cfs extremely Low-barely Low I-II Less than 4"; Too low.
200 - 400 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II(III) ~4-8": low boatable flow.
400 - 750 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II+(III) ~8"-15"; intermediate level.
750 -1250 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable III+ ~15"-25"; high flow.
1250 -2000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High III+ ~25"-40"; Unusually high flow.
2000 -9999 cfs somewhat High-extremely High III+(IV) ~40"+; Epic flows.

Report - Reports of Wolf D) Section 3: Langlade (Hwy 64) to Wild Wolf Inn (3.9 or 10.3 miles) and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Wolf [WI] Gilmore's Mistake (Ned) 8.95ft Richard Brooks
4y90d22h48m /Wolf-D) Section 3: Langlade (Hwy 64) to Gilmore's Mistake (Wild Wolf Inn) [WI] Gilmore's Mistake 1400 cfs Kirsten Frickle
8y14d19h17m WolfD) Section 3: Langlade (Hwy 64) to Wild Wolf Inn (3.9 or 10.3 miles) [WI] Account of 07/15/09 n/a 0
8y91d00h48m Wolf [WI] Flatwater- Between 20 Day & Boy Scouts Rapids 412
> 10 years Wolf [WI] Put In @ Langlade 412 cfs
> 10 years Wolf [WI] Gilmore's Mistake 428 cfs
> 10 years Wolf [WI] Gilmore's Mistake (Ned) 8.95ft Richard Brooks
> 10 years Wolf [WI] Gilmore's Surf Wave n/a Chris Arnold
> 10 years Wolf section III [WI] Surfing @ Hansen's n/a Mark Mastalski

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
1.0Crowle RapidsI
1.8Horserace RapidsI
4.0Twenty Day RapidsII
6.5Access for 'Short 3'N/AAccess
7.6Garfield (A.K.A. Boyscout) RapidsII+Photo
8.6marked 'Rapids'I
8.9Hansen's RapidsIIPhoto
10.2Gilmore's MistakeIIIPlayspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Twenty Day Rapids (Class II, Mile 4.0)

An obvious horizon line as the river narrows signals Twenty-Day Rapid, a short but relatively steep pitched class II. It is followed by three miles of flatwater before you reach Boy Scout Rapid. Midway through this flatwater you will come across the landing which is the put-in for "Short III".



Access for 'Short 3' (Class N/A, Mile 6.5)

Most paddlers forego the aforementioned distance and rapids and use this access point to catch just the final 3.9 miles containing the three best rapids on the run (often called "Short Section III" or just "Short 3").



Garfield (A.K.A. Boyscout) Rapids (Class II+, Mile 7.6)

Boy Scouts Rapid (2nd foot bridge)

Boy Scouts Rapid (2nd foot bridge)
Photo of Grade 3 Rapid by John Lee taken 04/29/07 @ 412 cfs

A footbridge signals Boy Scout Rapid (named for the Scout camp on river left). Class II rapids lead to a second footbridge, which is the heart of this half-mile, somewhat 'technical', boulder-garden rapid. In high water, Boy Scout rapid becomes pushy. Deaths have occurred there, and the rocks under the second footbridge have caused foot-pins. (Float with your feet as near the surface as possible! Do not try to stand in moving water!) With enough water, the rocks are all covered, and the rapids is far less technical.



Hansen's Rapids (Class II, Mile 8.9)

Hanson's (lower part)

Hanson's (lower part)
Photo of Hanson's (lower part) by Falk Eichhorn taken 04/02/07 @ 8.95ft

A mile downstream you'll find Hansen's Rapid. A large eddy on river right, just below the entrance allows you to boat-scout the rapids. Just across from this eddy is a very consistent side-surfing wave often filled with boaters.

Each year this is one of the sites for the "Buttercup Series" of slalom races. This event can be great fun for participants and spectators, and can always use set-up and take-down volunteers. Participating in slalom boating is a great way to challenge yourself and improve skills, having to make moves to go through the gates, taking lines through the rapids that you would unlikely otherwise take!



Gilmore's Mistake (Class III, Mile 10.2)

Gilmore's Mistake

Gilmore's Mistake
Photo of Gilmore's Mistake by Falk Eichhorn taken 04/02/07 @ 8.95ft

Another 1.5 miles downstream lies Gilmore's Mistake, which can be scouted on the left. A large shelf of rocks (and its accessibility from the Wild Wolf Inn) makes this rapid the perfect place for spectators and park-and-play boaters.

The rapid starts with a constriction with good playboating possibilities, followed by a shelf drop. Below the drop is a hole popular with many playboaters. Be aware that this is shallow and rocky at low levels. Face plants here usually mean some bruises or blood, or both.

As you head around a left-hand-bend, short bit of boulder-garden rapids and one final ledge/drop lead to the take out immediately on river left. DO NOT PASS THIS TAKEOUT unless you have paid the 'trespass fee' and gotten a wristband to enter the Menominee Nation which lies immediately downstream. Tribal law provides that punishment may include being fined, imprisoned, and/or impoundment of any and all gear used in committing the trespass (which could include not only your boating equipment, but also your shuttle vehicle(s)!).




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 D) Section 3: Langlade (Hwy 64) to Wild Wolf Inn (3.9 or 10.3 miles), Wolf Wisconsin, US (mobile)