Canoeing the Rib River, Wisconsin

Expert paddler Mike Svob has been canoeing and kayaking the rivers of the Midwest for 30 years. He paddled more than a thousand miles to complete these books. Below are brief descriptions of the canoe trips that Mike goes into detail with in his books with maps. The maps are very useful, showing rapids, take in and take out points and other things of interest.


Big Rib River 1-Hwy. 64 to County F.-Taylor, Lincoln and Marathon counties-7 miles. Very nice section of river that begins with a section for experienced paddler only. Camping is not available on the river. This is generally a narrow stretch of river with good seclusion. Water levels are best in spring. The first couple miles can be very dangerous when water levels are high. For info on water levels call the DNR in Medford. 715-748-4955. Put in at the Hwy. 64 bridge 13 miles east of Medford. There is little room on the highway for parking. The beginning has some Class II + and Class III + rapids. Take out at Amco County Park downstream left from the County F bridge.

Map of Big Rib river, wisconsin




Big Rib River 2-County F to Rib Falls.-Marathon County-11.3 miles. This is a nice isolated stretch that provides an enjoyable day trip for beginners and experienced paddlers. The Rib River Valley is flanked by beautiful, heavily wooded hills. Camping is not available on the river, but there is camping nearby. Water levels are best in spring. With low water conditions you will be doing alot of walking. Contact the DNR in Medford for water levels.Put in at the County F bridge downstream left. Take out upstream left from Class III Rib Falls which ca be seen and heard ahead. The county S bridge is several hundred feet downstream from the falls.


Map of Big Rib river, wisconsin for canoeing