Canoeing the Jump 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.


Jump River 1-Price County-Oxbow to Big Falls-9.2 miles.If you are unfamiliar with the Jump this stretch of river will be a pleasant surprise. It has a little of everything, including high banks. pine groves, quitwater sections and a couple of difficult rapids. Less experienced paddlers can portage around Little Falls. Riverside camping is available at the take out at Big Falls County Park and downstream at Jump River village park. Eater levels are usually good until mid-June. The river is about 100 feet wide at the beginning with high banks and a rocky bottom. Big boulders soon appear along with many shallow riffles. Downstream in a big right hand bend is a good landing with picnic shelter and toilets. About 5.5 miles into the trip are steep embankments called the Yellow Banks. About a mile after Yellow Banks are a couple of Class I rapids. At about 7.5 miles you come to Little Falls a 200 yard Class II boulder garden. Get out on the right and portage if necessary. Take out at Big Falls County Park on the right upstream from the Falls. Big Falls is a 400 yard Class III dells with huge boulders on both sides.

Jump River 1 map




Jump River 2- Price, Taylor and Rusk County- Big Falls to Hwy 73-10 miles. Flowing through three counties, this stretch of the Jump begins with a mile of continous Class II rapids, then alternates for the rest of the trip betwwen quiet sections and gentle whitewater. There are several wide slow areas, especially during the last few miles, but riffles and Class I rapids are found throughout the trip. Water levels are best in spring. Put in at Big Falls county park well below the falls, take the access road to the right, and launch from the bank.At about 5 miles class I rapids and County M comes close on the right.. Soon after the river splits around a big island. Take out at the Hwy. 73 bridge, downstream left. There is excellent wayside parking there.An alternate take out, at the village of Jump River adds another half mile to the trip.

Jump River map