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Canoe and kayak trips on rivers in northern Wisconsin-Descriptions of rivers and maps of 26 rivers and 87 canoe trips in northern Wisconsin.

For descriptions of southern Wisconsin rivers go to southern rivers

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.

Northern Wisconsin

Bear River-La Du Flambeau-Vilas County-25 miles. Put in below dam at Flambeau Lake. This is a good novice trip. Class 1 rapids along the way. Several campsites on the river. Pull out at Flambeau Flowage.

Big Rib River-The little known Big Rib River is delightful for both whitewater and flatwater enthusiasts and is especially enjoyed by paddlerswho prefer intimate little streams.

Black River-Originating near Chelsea in Taylor county the Black River changes character many times as it flows southwestward to the Mississippi.

Bois Brule-One of the most famous rivers in the Midwest, the Bois Brule is also one of the most popular canoeing streams in Wisconsin.

Brule River-The Brule River forms part of the border between Wisconsin and Michigan, flowing southeast to its confluence with the Michigamme River.

Chippewa River-Few rivers in Wisconsin are as historically rich as the Chippewa. Together with such tributaries as the Flambeau, Jump, Yellow, Red Cedar, Eau Claire and Couderay, the Chippewa drains one sixth od the total area of the state.

Couderay River-Sawyer county from. Windigo Lake to Radisson

Deertail Creek-Rusk County-7 miles. A trip on the lower Deer Tail is for those who want to "pioneer it'". Water levels should be medium or better for a pleasant trip.

Eau Claire River-The west and east forks of the Eau Claire converge 3 miles west of Antigo. After that it goes all the way to the Wisconsin River at Wausau encountering 3 dams alon the way.

Flambeau River-Originating in Iron County where the Manitwish and Bear rivers come together the north and south forks have canoeing for everyone.

Fox River-Route begins on Portage Canal connecting the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers. Easy paddle along historic trade route.Dam portage.Flatwater paddling on Buffalo Lake. Take out in Montello.

Jump River-The Jump River has a little of everything. High banks, pine groves, quitwater sections and a couple of difficult rapids.

Kickapoo River-Once you have had a taste of this enchanting little river you will be hooked for life.

Lemonweir River-A tributary that joins the Wisconsin River a few miles north of the dells, the Lemonweir has a wild peacefulness.

Main Creek-Price County-The trip on main creek is for those that want solitude and good fishung. The trip is very difficult unless the levels are medium-high or better

Manitowish River-The Manitowish River is the perfect river for quietwater canoeists who like to combine lake and river paddling.

Marengo-Bad River-The Marengo River is largely spring fed and is likely to be runnable during most of the summer. During thesummer the Bad River is generally too shallow to run.

Menominee River-The Menominee is not generally considered a good paddling river.It does have a couple of short stretches that are highly popular with highly skilled whitewater paddlers.

Montreal River-Everything about the Montreal River is spectacular, from the uniquely intimidating access at put -in, through the breathtaking canyons and awesome waterfalls.

Namekagon River-Despite the nearness of highways and the presence of several dam, the river has a consistantly wild character.

Oconto River-Originating in northern Oconto county near Lakewood, the Oconto River flows through varied countryside, lowland swamp, upland forest, agricultural fields before emptying in Green Bay.

Peshtigo River-One of the great paddling rivers of Wisconsin, the Peshtigo River provides enjoyable paddling over most of its length.

Pike River-One of the prettiest and most unspoiled rivers in Wisconsin, the Pike River was given special protection by the Wisconsin Wild Rivers Act of 1965.

Pine River-A delightfully small river, the Pine mixes long, quiet stretches with riffles and rapids, often becoming quite narrow as it winds through a wild environment.

Popple River-A small river that flows almost wholly through wild surroundings, the Popple River is protected from development by its location in the Nicolet National Forest.

Prairie River-A lovely little stream that is very popular with trout fishermen, the Prairie River is paddleable for about 25 miles before it is dammed north of Merrill.

Red River-Scarcely 4 miles long this stretch serves up two of the most popular and challenging whitewater rapids in Wisconsin.

Red Cedar River-A wonderful river for families, novice canoeists, anglers and anyone interested in tranquil surroundings, the Red Cedar is paddleable its whole length.

Saint Croix River-Part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the St. Croix flows 154 miles from the dam near Gordon to the Mississippi.

Tomahawk River-22 miles of the Tomahawk River constitute one of the least paddled but most attractive canoeing streams in the state.

Totogatic River-This trip is prime whitewater canoeing when waters are above average

Turtle River-the Turtle River is a delightful combination of small scenic lakes and constantlt changing stream. the stream sections vary from slow quiet reaches to the dancing waters of 10 rated rapids.

White River- A wonderfully isolated, winding river with miles of riffles and class I-II rapids, this is a delight for experienced canoeists.

Wisconsin River-Beginning as a small North Woods stream at Lac Vieux Desert, the Wisconsin travels almost the entire length of the state before emptying into the Mississippi.

Wolf River-This popular river famous for trout fishing, whitewater paddling and wild scenic beauty winds its way into Langlade county where it become a premiere whitwater and trout stream.

Yellow River-An intimate and scenic river, with many riffles and rapids.


Hunting in Wisconsin


Wisconsin public hunting land -Maps and location of public hunting land in Wisconsin. Get size, location, what type of habitat and principal wildlife. Also find out other types of recreation land is used for.
Bowhunting-Looking for the newest in hunting equipment? Check out all the new products like bows, arrows, rests, sights and releases. See the new air-rest magnetic floating rest system.
Field dressing a whitetail deer-A simple step-by-step guide to field dressing your deer. Whether you call it field dressing, gutting, skinning or cleaning a deer
Hunting Guides -list of guides and outfitters in Wisconsin
Deer Weight-figure a deer weight using measurements.
CWD-chronic wasting disease information

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Fishing in Wisconsin


Wisconsin Lake Maps-Tired of guessing where to fish on an unfamiliar lake? Print out your favorite lake.Over 1,800 printable topographic maps of Wisconsin lakes.
Wisconsin Fishing Reports- wisconsin fishing guides with their weekly fishing reports.
Wisconsin fishing pics -Did you catch some nice fish. Get your fishing pics posted in our photo section.

Fishing Guides -Wisconsin fishing guide list. Guide services with web sites are listed first. Do you want to be listed. Contact us.

Fishing Knots-Check out our extensive rope knots and fishing knots. Learning how to tie knots has never been easier via our extensive animated knots section
Lake Link- Here you will find a wealth of information dedicated to the angler. From ice fishing to fly fishing and everything in between, you will find some great info here to make your next angling adventure a safe and successful one.
Fishing Records-Wisconsin fishing records. From musky to bluegill and everything in between.
Lake Summary-Number of named and unnamed lakes in Wisconsin, with total acreage by county. Wisconsin has over 15,000 named and unnamed lakes covering almost 1 million acres..
Lake Facts-Interesting Wisconsin lake facts, biggest lakes, deepest lakes, most common lake names, counties with the most lakes, counties with the least lakes.
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Camping in Wisconsin


Campgrounds in Wisconsin are as varied as the areas around them--there are forests, prairies, lakes, rivers, hills, and valleys. You'll find campgrounds, trails, historic and archaeological sites, places for solitude and places for large group gatherings. There are also Campgrounds in county parks, state parks and national forests.

A typical campsite is in a natural setting with road access, a fire ring, and a picnic table, and can be used by either vehicle or tent campers. But there also are backpack, walk-in, and canoeing -in sites, sites with electrical hookups, and sites designed specifically for either tent or vehicle campers. Some sites are accessible for people with disabilities. Some are for people with horses. Others accommodate large groups of campers There are Campgrounds in State Parks and forests that are open for winter camping

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Wisconsin Outdoor Links


Public Hunting - Maps and location of public hunting land in Wisconsin. Get size, location, what type of habitat and principal wildlife. Also find out other types of recreation land is used for.

Lake Maps - It's easy to fall in love with Wisconsin's 15,081 lakes. Enjoying the peaceful atmosphere, fishing, boating, swimming, or just relaxing are favorite pastimes.

US Directory - Outdoor directory containing information on hunting and fishing guides and outfitters in the US. If you are looking to hunt or fish the from the wilds of Alaska to southern Florida, or camp in the wilderness you will find what you are looking for here. Listings of hunting and fishing guides and outfitters across the United States.

World Directory - The Worldwide Directory has information on outdoor resources for North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand

State Parks - Wisconsin has over 80 state parks, forests and recreation areas within its borders. Listings include size, lcation areas of interest. Many locations have maps and addresses for more information.

County Parks - Wisconsin has over 600 county parks throughout the state. Most parks provide facilities for picnicking, camping, boating and softball. Some are easy to find and others are out of the way. Information listed on how to get to the parks also.

National Forest - The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is located in Wisconsin's Northwoods, covering over a million and a half acres. The Chequamegon side of the forest covers about 858,400 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor, and Vilas counties while the Nicolet side covers nearly 661,400 acres in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida, and Vilas counties.

Hiking - Wisconsin has 37 state trails totaling 1,607 miles. They have a variety of surfaces, summer and winter, for a variety of activities--walking/hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, horseback and all-terrain vehicle riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Printable trail maps

Canoeing - Descriptions of rivers and maps of 26 rivers and 87 canoe trips in northern Wisconsin.

ATV Trails - Listings of ATV trails in Wisconsin

ATV Clubs - Listing of ATV clubs by area.

- Taxidermy - Listing of taxidermists in WI.

Survival - Complete US Army Survival manual and other useful survival listings

Knives - Complete listing of different brands of knives.

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