Canoeing the Manitowish River,
51 to Hwy 47. 7.5 miles. The Manitowish
is the perfect river for the quietwater
canoeists who like to combine lake
and river paddling. Originating at
High Lake a few miles east of Boulder
Junction, it flows through one lake
after another toward the Turtle-Flambeau
Flowage. Forty-four miles from its
source it joins with the Bear River
to form the Flambeau. There are seven
campsites along this stretch of river.
Put in at the Hwy. 51 bridge downstream
left or right. There is room for several
cars. The river is quite scenic here.
After the river widens you enter Benson
Lake. Bear to the right, toward the
outlet. After the lake, woods again
close in on both sides. After you
pass Circle Lilly Creek you will see
the first of several canoe access
campsitesAfter that you will pass
the Hwy 51 wayside landing at about
4 miles. Hwy 51 is close by for awhile.
The river begins to get very marshy.
Once you see woods and road traffic
you are nearing the Hwy 47 bridge.Take
out downstream right from the Hwy.
47 bridge, near a restaurant.
Hwy 47 to Murrays Landing. 12.5 miles.
this is a more isolated section of the
river that ends wiyh a couple miles
of paddling on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage.
If you liked the remoteness and seclusion
of the previous section, you will enjoy
this section even more. Once you paddle
away from the Hwy 47 bridge you won't
come acrss any landings until the end.
Camping is available at several primitive
sites along the river. Put in at the
Hwy 47 bridge downstream right. Mixed
woods and marsh are found throughout
this section. There are several sloughs
that make "doglegs" off the
main channel. In a number of place the
river bends so sharply back upon itself
that you can see it flowing in the opposite
direction just a few feet away. At 15.2
miles, the Bear River enters on the
left. At this point the Manitowish ends
and the Flambeau begins. After a series
of bends you enter the Turtle- Flambeau
Flowage. Bear right as you paddle toward
the narrow neck of water where the landing
is located.. There is a prominent landmark
called Baptism Rock that some canoeists
aim for when paddling toward the landing..
Take out at Murrays Landing, a sandy
beach on the right where the flowage