Canoeing in Rhinelander WI at Upper Wisconsin River

Canoeing in Rhinelander WI at Upper Wisconsin River

The upper Wisconsin (Vilas - Oneida County to Merrill) is a relaxing way to view the natural beauty of the Northwoods.

Winding through forest and farmland, the majority of the river offers a slow current with few obstacles. There is one portage at the Rainbow Lake Dam. Rainbow Rapids offer some excitement, but the rocks are usually submerged. For more information, contact the Wisconsin DNR station in Rhinelander.

Lincoln County has 726 lakes and 246 streams; drain to the Wisconsin River, which dissects the county. The combination of lakes and streams in Lincoln County provides a wide variety of fishing opportunities from panfish to musky and from walk-in fishing to canoe and large boat fishing. Ice fishing is also a popular winter sport.

Canoeists and kayakers can choose from hundreds of quiet lakes and rivers for a true wilderness paddling experience. Numerous launch sites make paddling in Hodag Country easy. Also scenic Wisconsin river cruises south of Rhinelander to the Hat Rapids Dam aboard the Wilderness Queen. The mighty Wisconsin River winds through Merrill and invites you to enjoy water sports or simply gaze and enjoy its beauty.

The Headwaters of the Wisconsin River flows south from Lac Vieux Desert down to Eagle River where it joins the Eagle River chain of lakes. It is a small scenic stream with good current and no rapids and is well suited to all paddlers including families with children. This picturesque river, which supports a merit of wildlife, winds through county forest land marked by forested shores and pretty marshland. On a day of serene paddling a paddler may see herons, hawks, eagles, ducks, beaver, deer, otters and more. The Wisconsin River offers fishing, boating and camping experiences.

Upper Wisconsin River for Canoeing in the city of Rhinelander- Lincoln County (Northwest Wisconsin).


Upper Wisconsin River Rhinelander, WI 54501
United States
715-365-8900, 715/362-7616
1-715-536-9474 Fax:1-715-539-2043, Toll Free 1-877-907-2757

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