Canoeing the Montreal 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.


Montreal-Saxon Falls to Hwy. 122-Iron County- This is a spectacularly beautiful river for skilled paddlers through a Class II canyon. When the water is high this is a very hazardous stretch. There is no intermediate access so you must be sure when you begin the trip that your skills are adequate. Put in on river left just downstream from the powerhouse. Saxon Falls with a total drop of 78 feet is just upstream. You have to descend a long steel staircase and lower the canoes with a rope to get to the put in. It is not an easy task!! The river is only 40 feet wide at the beginning and stays that way for the next 2 miles.Then canyon walls begin to appear and you have reached the first of many Class II drops.The canyon walls are as tall as 200 feet. Once you are through the canyon walls the width of toe river doubles and there are a series of long boulder gardens.Take out upstream left at the Hwy. 122 bridge. It is best to call Northern States Power Co. for water level info. 715-893-2213. This is a recorded message. The water should be 250 to 300 cfs or higher for good paddling. Above 500 gets hazardous.

Montreal River map