Canoeing the Red Cedar River, Wisconsin


Red Cedar 1-Rice Lake to County W. Barron County-7.8 miles. This section is a rtanquil day trip for anglers and novice canoeists.The river is located in beautiful hilly countryside studded with dairy farms. There are no rapids and few riffles. Water levels are fairly dependable all year. Put in at Red Cedar River County Park at the west end of South St. in the city of Rice lake. There is an excellent county landing at the Sawyer Bridge, within sight of Hwy. 53. Take out at the Cty. W bridge.


Red Cedar 2-County W to County I-Barron County-11.2 miles. This is a good flatwater trip for beginners. Put in at the Barron County landing at the Cty. W bridge downstream right. After Hwy. 8 there is a large island where the river heads east. Look for deadfall if you take the narrow right channel. At about 2.4 miles Cranberry Creek enters on the left. At 5 miles you come to the Cty. OO bridge. After Brown Creek enters on the right the river flows through a long quiet stretch. Take out at Cty. I, another Barron County landing downstream right.


Red Cedar 3-County I to Hwy. 64-Barron and Dunn County-13.7 miles. This is one of the most popular stretches of the river. Put in at the public boat landing at the Cty. I bridge, a couple of miles southwest of Chetek.The river begins shallow but quickly becomes deeper The Chetek River joins from the left at 2.2 miles.Just before the Cty. 1-A bridge at 4 miles is a nice landing. From here to Myron Park at 9 miles it is extremely peaceful with many deep pools. Where Cty. V crosses the river you come to Sand Creek and a few miles past that is the Hwy. 64 bridge. Take out down stream left.


Red Cedar 4-Hwy 64 to Colfax-Dunn County-15.3 miles. This is perhaps the prettiest day trip on the river, with many attractive rock formations along the banks.Most of the river is deep and tranquil, until the last couple miles where it becomes narrower and quicker. Put in at the well maintained Hwy. 64 landing. At 4.1 miles there is a big island and Popple Creek enters from the left.Another mile down is another island and after that Eddies Creek enters. At 9.6 miles you will come to 22 Mile Ford Park.. During the last two miles you will encounter sandy bluffs and gravel bars, but most of the shoreline is low and wooded. Houses on the river signal the approach of the landing, an easy to miss spot on the right bank within site of the Hwy. 170 bridge.




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.