Canoeing the Tomahawk 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.


Tomahawk 1-Willow Flowage Dam to Swamp Lake Road-Oneida County-11.5 miles. This is a beautiful, wild and varied stretch of river with one Class II rapids.Water levels vary on the volume released from the Willow Flowage Dam. Put in downstream left from the Willow Flowage Dam. Oelhafen Creek enters from the left at 2 miles. At 3 miles Bear Creek enters from the left. At about 5.6 miles you come upon Half Breed Rapids. This is a solid Class II rapids several hundred feet long. The river narrow, falls several feet, and S curves with fast water, plenty of waves and many boulders. Take out on left above rapids to scout or portage. After that the river is lovely and wild. Take out upstream right or downstream left of the Swamp Lake Road bridge.


Tomahawk 2-Swamp Lake Road to Prairie Rapids Road-Oneida County-8.2 miles. This section has a mix of high banks, woods and wild lowlands, with a challenging rapids near the end. Put in at Swamp lake Road bridge.The first mile is winding and fairly narrow with many high pine covered banks. At 4.5 miles Swamp Creek enters from the right.. The next couple of miles are quite windy. Near the end after a sharp left bend, the a right is Prairie Rapids. You will hear it coming. This rapids has two solid Class II pitches. Inexperienced paddlers should portage. Take out at the Prairie Rapids Road bridge at the bottom of the rapids.