Canoeing at Pine River

Canoeing in Florence WI at Pine River

Popular for a relaxing canoe trip. The upper river meanders through farmland while the lower stretch flows through a wildlife area to its mouth on the Wisconsin River. Access is available at Richland Center and a number of county roads.

A delightfully small river, the Pine mixes long, quiet stretches with riffles and rapids, often becoming quite narrow as it winds through a wild environment.

The Pine River flows through northern Forest and Florence Counties to meet the Menominee west of Niagra. A state-designated wild river, it courses through some of the most primitive areas in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Spring and early summer are the best times to canoe as water levels drop significantly in the summer. Several rapids challenge the canoeist; a few require portages.

The Pine River has two different personalities. The playful upper river, above LaSalle Falls, alternates between deep, slow meanders and rapids or falls. The lower river, the last ten miles downstream of the Pine River Flowage, offers relaxed paddling with a steady current and only a few gentle riffles.

Even beginning whitewater paddlers can enjoy the upper Pine River by portaging the more difficult rapids and falls. Most rapids are rated Class I-II. Scout each rapid and falls and portage if at all in doubt about your river paddling skills.

Snake Tail Rapids has a portage across private property on the south bank of the river. Meyers Falls is hazardous and is a portage for all but expert whitewater paddlers, approach it with caution. Powerful LaSalle Falls is a 22-foot vertical drop and requires a challenging half-mile portage that bypasses the falls and the canyon. The best portage trail is on the right side of the river. It also offers the best views of the falls.

Pine River for Canoeing in the city of Florence, - Florence County (Southwest Wisconsin).


Pine River Florence, WI 54121
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