Canoeing the Couderay 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.


Couderay River 1-Sawyer County-12 miles. Windigo Lake to Billy Boy Dam. This trip is mainly lake canoeing on Windigo, Grindstone, Court Oreilles, and Little Court Oreilles Lakes.There ia a 1/2 mile portage and 2 1/2 miles of upper Couderay River on the trail.The lakes have clear water and good fishing. The current is slow in the river and there are no rapids. The entire trip takes about 9 hours. Starting point is where the long eastern arm of Windigo Lake meets Hwy. 27. There is a portage from the western side of Windigo Lake to Grindstone Lake. The trail is Clearly marked. Take out is at the public landing on the right bank upstream from Billy Boy dam.


Couderay River 2-Sawyer County-16 miles. Billy Boy dam to Radisson. This trip features sporadic low rapids, high wooded hills and slow water widespreads where the fishing is excellent. This is a good stretch for canoeists of all skill levels. Avoid the trip when water levels are low. The trip takes about 6 hours. Put in just below the Billy Boy dam on the right bank.The first two miles of the river flows through hardwood forest grading to marshland. This is a good place for musky and pike fishing. Swift dam should be approached cautiously. It can be run easily by keeping in the chute to the left of center. Usual take out for this trip is at Radisson Park on the right bank just above the Hwy 40 bridge. Ann optional take out would be at the Poley Bridge on the Chippewa River, almost 3 miles further.