Canoeing the Red 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.


Red-Lower Red Lake Powerhouse to the Village of Red River-Shawano County-4.1 miles. This is a very popular run for intermediate and experienced paddlers.The put in is off of Lower Lake Road.Half mile after put in is First Drop a simple Class I-II river ledge. Double Drop, two small ledges is encounterd at 1.2 miles.Just around the corner is Monastery Falls an impressive series of Class III drops in a constricted mini-canyon. Scout or portage from river right. Half mile down from Monastery is Ziemers Falls, a solid Class II+. This is a complex set of rapids. Below Ziemers are several rocky riffles and easy drops. Take out at the County A bridge, upstream left. in the village of Red River. There is little room for parking here.