Top 12 – Get Ready For Springtime Kayaking/Canoeing


It is finally Spring here in Northwest Wisconsin! That is why we’ve compiled a list of some of the best spots for premiere springtime kayaking/canoeing in the area.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, if you are out and about exploring these scenic spots be sure to practice social distancing to keep yourself and those around you SAFE!

If you DO decide to kayak/canoe alone, be sure to let somebody know when and where you are going as well as an estimated time for you to return home. Stay hydrated, and if possible, stay connected by bringing your phone in a waterproof cafe!



The Flambeau River

Rusk County The Flambeau River is a mighty, historic river that offers 150 miles of perfect paddling conditions. With varying environments, the Flambeau is ideal for paddlers of all levels- this river is a spectacular example of the beauty Rusk County has to offer. Learn More

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Ashland County The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore consists of 21 of the 22 Apostle Islands plus a 12-mile strip of mainland shoreline. Camping is allowed on 19 islands (with permits only). The islands beckon to explorers and vacationers who enjoy quiet, sandy beaches, rocky shorelines with sea caves carved by wind and water, island lighthouses, historical interpretive areas, wildlife viewing and wilderness camping. Learn More

Chippewa River

Chippewa County This wide, scenic river flows through a rural countryside of mixed hardwood and softwood forests, beautiful meadows, dairy farms, and agricultural communities. The majority of the 48 mile reach from the Arpin Dam outside Radisson, to the Flambeau River Confluence, features mostly calm water. The most challenging whitewater occurs in two places; at Bellile Falls Rapids, a long class 2 located just below Arpin Dam (C1), and in Segment C2 below the Highway D bridge. T Learn More

Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park

Washburn County Nearly half of the 100 miles of the Namekagon River flow directly through Washburn County, providing a stunning wilderness experience for paddling, fishing, hiking and much more. The Namekagon offers everything from rapids for the experienced kayaker/canoeist to wide, quiet flowages below the dams. Outfitters are plentiful in Washburn County to help you with your trip and campsites are available along the river for a longer trip. Learn More

Bois Brule River

Douglas County Stretching over 44 miles, the Bois Brule River is one of the best kayaking/canoeing rivers in Northwest Wisconsin. Whether you’re looking for a quiet float or crave the excitement of kayaking through Class II rapids, the Bois Brule River has something for everyone! Trips can take anywhere from 45 minutes to more than four hours depending on where you launch. Learn More

Red Cedar River

Barron County Spend a relaxing day on the Red Cedar River tubing, canoeing or kayaking. There are various float times: Hwy OO drop off to Hwy D landing is around 4 hours and Hwy D to Hwy I is around 2 1/2 hours. Learn More

The Flambeau River

Price County Young and old, beginner to expert, paddlers on the Flambeau River will experience its amazon array of moods, from whitewater to slow, gentle curves.  Traveling through Price County, the Flambeau showcases the beauty of the Northwoods as it flows for 150 miles to its confluence to the Chippewa.  For more information, contact Learn More

St. Croix National Scenic riverway

Polk County The St. Croix River is one of the last undisturbed, large floodplain rivers in the upper Mississippi River System. The best way to enjoy the Riverway is paddling out on the waters and camping on the banks. Learn More

Bear River Trail Flambeau Lake to Murray’s Landing (Turtle-Flambeau Flowage)

Iron County

This trip is tranquil and unspoiled by development. There is always an opportunity to see wildlife. Fishing is usually good. Only one low hazard rapids, better described as a “riffle”, will be encountered at the second bridge crossing. A good portion of this route passes through the historic Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation.

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St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

Burnett County There is nothing like spending the day on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Outfitters scattered throughout the area offer tube, canoe and kayak rentals as well as pick up and drop off services so you can enjoy a fun and relaxing float down the river with friends and family. Float lazily past the Sandrock Cliffs and through wooded passages, or get a glance of a majestic bald eagle and other wildlife. Learn More


Bayfield County Lake Superior has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake on our planet, containing 10% of all the fresh water on earth. The lake’s 32,000 square mile surface area stretches across the border between Canada and the U.S. Two countries, three states, one province, and many First Nations surround Superior’s magnificent shoreline. Learn More

Namekagon River Hayward to Trego

Sawyer County This section is a two day trip, the river is relatively narrow, has a good gradient, some rapids and generally a good water level. This section is characterized by more development. Learn More Evening kayaking in Ladysmith, Wisconsin.
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