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

Baraboo River -Originating near Elroy, not far from the headwaters of the popular Kickapoo River, the Baraboo twists 120 miles to the southeast before joing the Wisconsin a few miles downstream from portage
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.


If you enjoy using the maps and do some paddling please take a minute and click river reviews and post your trip.

Since water levels vary it is advisable to check ahead.


Door County Kayak Tours-A Door County Kayak Tour includes a Free (Intro to Kayaking) Lesson with every tour