Canoeing the Menominee 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.


Menominee-Niagra to Piers Gorge Landing-3.2 miles. This is a short whitewater run on a big and powerful river. This is for advanced and expert paddlers only. The stretch downstream from the city of Niagra is definitely a Class III+ . At Sand Portage Falls at 1.6 miles enter the Class II+ rapids. The river splits around an island and the biggest rapids are on the right.. Another wide flatwater stretch follows. When you see a sandy landing on the left head for it to scout the big drops ahead. Some riffles and Class I rapids precede the 10 foot drop of Missicot Falls at 2.4 miles The main chute is about 35 feet from the right shore with huge waves at the bottom. Just downstream from that is a huge boulder known as Volkswagen Rock. Next the river bends through some gorges and drops several feet in the Twin Sisters rapids Class II-III. After some Class I rapids is the last drop, Terminal Surfer. Be careful of the huge hole in the middle of the ledge.It is best to stay to the fart right.Take out at the gravel landing on the left about 400 yards below terminal surfer. The landing is off Piers Gorge Road.

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