This stretch is not commonly paddled. Due to its location on Menominee tribal lands, it requires the purchase of a permit. These can be purchased from Big Smoky Falls Rafting (715-799-3359) or Shotgun Eddy Campground and Rafting (715-882-4461). When paddled, this reach is likely to be combined with Section 4 for a long day of paddling (12.5 miles). It is also possible to combine this with a short Section 3 trip using Shotgun Eddy's campground or Otter Slide as a take-out. (Make arrangements with the outfitter when you purchase your permit to do the trip.) Or you can go for a big day and do short 3, plus this run, plus the lower Section 4, for a total of 16 miles, getting all the best the river has to offer. (NOTE: there will be a stretch of four miles of dead-flat water surrounding the Otter Slide location (normal put-in for trips on Sec.IV.)
In the first mile of the stretch you reach a Class II boulder garden, Burnt Shanty Rapid. After another mile of flatwater, you'll enter Shotgun Eddy Rapids, a solid Class II that goes about one-quarter mile (one of the longest rapids on the Wolf). If you are using Shotgun Eddy Campground as a take-out, it comes at the end of this rapid. (These boulder garden rapids, in relatively wide sections of the river, are the reason for the relatively high 'minimum' recommended water level.)Pissmire Falls is a Class II (III) rapid about a mile downstream. It starts just above the County WW bridge, and contains a river-wide ledge just below the County WW bridge which creates a nasty hole at the bottom (one of the most aggressive holes on the Wolf). Scouting is recommended. There is about two miles of flatwater from here to the Otter Slide take-out.
Additional Information: Paddling Northern Wisconsin, by Mike Svob, Wisconsin Trails Press
Put in for this reach is above Gilmore's Mistake, starting the run off with a bang. Almost immediately after running this drop, you leave Langlade County and enter the Menomonee Indian Reservation. It is MANDATORY to have paid a 'trespass' fee to proceed beyond this point.
A Class II boulder garden.
After another mile of flatwater, you'll enter Shotgun Eddy Rapids, a solid Class II that goes about one-quarter mile (one of the longest rapids on the Wolf). (These boulder garden rapids, in relatively wide sections of the river, are the reason for the relatively high 'minimum' recommended water level.)
If you are using Shotgun Eddy Campground as a take-out, it comes at the end of this rapid.
Marked on topo maps as "Wolf Rapids", I'm pretty sure this is what boaters refer to as Pismire Falls. (Not sure what inspired that rapid name. Pismire is middle-English or Scandinavian for an ant.)
A river-wide ledge just below the County WW bridge creates a nasty hole at the bottom (one of the most aggressive holes on the Wolf). Scouting is recommended. About two miles of flatwater from here gets you to the Otter Slide take-out.
Letter of transmittal dated 10/3/1969 from the Department of Interior to Congress for the documents classifying the Wolf River under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
* The 'virtual gauge' cited here has been created to approximate the 'paddlers gauge' for this river.
Odd as it may seem, throughout the normal range of water levels, the paddlers gauge (stage reading) for this river can be reasonably approximated by "50 cfs = 1 inch". The result is generally within an inch of the actual paddler's gauge reading!
Though paddleable at lower flows, this reach is perhaps best enjoyed a flows in excess of 500 cfs (about 10" on the local gage).
The local gauge is located at the intersections of Highways 64 and 55, Langlade. 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.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Since this stretch is on the Menomonee Tribal lands, it is necessary to pay a 'trespass fee' and receive a wrist band. For this fee you generally also get shuttled to your put-in, leaving your vehicle at the take-out.
This section is very seldom done by private boaters . . . part of it is somewhat commonly rafted, ending at Shotgun Eddy's Rafting & Campground). Private boaters who boat it are likely to do so only as a way of seeing more of this river, and will generally do so as an extension of the (already somewhat lengthy) trip on Section 4.
As a result of the above, the following shuttle map is relatively meaningless. There is nothing specifically stopping you from running your own shuttle, but DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT POACHING THIS RUN WITHOUT PAYING THE TRIBAL TRESPASS FEE!Use the text-entry box to enter your home (or other starting location) address, and press "Calculate" to get time/distance and driving directions from there to the put-in for this reach.
Solo canoe surf @ Gilmore's
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