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Difficulty I-II at this flow (I-II normally)
Length 10.4 Miles
Flow Range 8.00 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago ~ 8.42 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/25/2004 11:09 pm

River Description

This is a beautiful stretch, starting with a low Class II rapid, followed by flatwater and Class I rapids. There are a few private cottages, but most of the adjacent property is owned by the state DNR. Roadside access is easy and convenient, with gravel parking areas at the County Highway A put-in and the Highway 52 take-out.

Wendigo Rapid is located at the put-in on County Highway A. About 1/4 mile long, this is a boulder garden rapid, and can be frustrating at lower water levels. Following Wendigo is a 6-mile quietwater stretch inhabited by eagles, heron, otter, deer, mink and beaver. Wildlife is abundant as the stretch is not heavily traveled.
Just before Military Park (an alternate take-out at the 7 mile mark), you'll find a series of Class I rapids and moving water. The river narrows and passes through a cedar grove.
Past Military Park are more Class I rapids (called Overton Rapids), continuing for about one mile.
The take-out is at Lily Bridge, on Hwy 52.

For more information: "Paddling Northern Wisconsin," by Mike Svob, Wisconsin Trails Press, Madison, WI

Rapid Descriptions

Squaw Creek

Class - N/A Mile - 3.2
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Just as a waypoint, at 3.2 miles, a quite small tributary, Squaw Creek, enters on the right.

(very minor) Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 6.3
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After such a long stretch of flatwater, even a vey minor rips/shoals is likely to be a welcome sight.

minor shoals/rapid

Class - N/A Mile - 6.6
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Military Park (alternate egress)

Class - N/A Mile - 6.8
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You may shorten the trip (skipping class I Overton Rapids) if you set your take-out vehicle here.

minor rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 7.8
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Minor rapids begin here and may continue for nearly a half-mile, followed by a brief respite, then more light rapids.

Turtle Lake

Class - N/A Mile - 9.75
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If you're in the rightmost channel (there are a couple long islands or sandbars in the river, which may be covered in high water), you'll see the outlet for this lake.


Gage Descriptions

The Upper Wolf is paddleable year-round, but is generally more enjoyable at levels above 400 cfs.

Directions Description

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