Canoeing in Ladysmith WI at Flambeau River

Canoeing in Ladysmith WI at Flambeau River

One of the best whitewater rivers in the Midwest. The north fork provides the most stable water flow, traversing five Wisconsin counties as it falls from the Willow to the Holcombe Flowage.

Along its upper reaches, the eighteen miles from the Turtle Dam to Park Falls are rated Intermediate to Expert with many Class I & II rapids. (For maps and information, call the Iron County Development Zone at 715/561-2922.) The southern sections also provide the challenge of rapids and whitewater. The most traveled stretch is from Nine Mile Creek to Ladysmith. There are campsites and landings along the way in the Flambeau River State Forest. The Upper Flambeau above Nine Mile Creek and the stretch below Ladysmith to its junction with the Chippewa are also canoeable. Access is available at road crossings, impoundments and old logging roads.

Flambeau River, the best paddle in all of Northern Wisconsin. Price and Rusk Counties are home to the majority of the mighty Flambeau's course. As the Flambeau passes through these counties, the river shows an amazing array of moods, from whitewater to slow, gentle curves and pools. There is a stretch for every paddler, young and old, beginner or expert.

The North Fork of the Flambeau River offers excellent canoeing for both the beginner and the expert canoeist. The water level on the North Fork remain fairly constant throughout the summer. The water level on the South Fork can vary greatly, so contact a rental/shuttle/guide service regarding river conditions when planning a trip. Be safe - wear a life preserver.

Because of the length of the Flambeau River, it is advisable to make the trip in sections. Take your time; enjoy the adventure. You will average 3 to 4 miles per hour with steady paddling and an assist from the current.
Call for river maps, call Rusk County Tourism Information.

Flambeau River for Canoeing in the city of Ladysmith- Rusk County (Northwest Wisconsin).


Flambeau River
N7870 Flambeau Rd
Ladysmith, WI 54848
United States
(715) 532-5392, 800/535-7875
Toll Free: 800-269-4505

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