Canoeing the Tomahawk River,
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.
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.