Summertime is perfect for paddling. Wisconsin is blessed with thousands of miles of rivers and hundreds of lakes. There’s an abundance of paddling opportunities to choose from. Here are five outstanding Wisconsin paddling trips, with something for every type of paddler.
The Willow Flowage in Oneida County
The Willow Flowage is the largest undeveloped lake in Wisconsin, with more than 6,400 acres of open water for paddling. Paddlers can access 117 islands and seemingly endless backwaters. It’s a true wilderness paddling experience without the drive to Canada. Find out more.
The Black River in Black River Country
The Black River below Black River Falls is popular with paddlers. Trips range from three to twelve miles. The river is characterized by sandstone bluffs, weathered pines and numerous sand bars. Learn more about paddling on the Black River.
Flambeau River in Rusk County
No other river in northern Wisconsin is more beloved as a paddling destination. Paddlers can choose from a number of outstanding stretches running through Rusk County. There are also three other great paddling opportunities in the area too—the Jump, Chippewa and Thornapple rivers. Get complete paddling information.
Allequash Lake – Boulder Junction
This 426-acre lake is the perfect place for a quiet paddle. There is a no-motor restriction for the lower basin of the lake, making it easy to find some serenity, even on the busiest summer day. Look for loons, bald eagles, osprey and other feathered friends who frequent these pristine waters. Find more paddling opportunities in Boulder Junction.