Rivers Less Traveled: Three Outstanding Paddling Trips

Wisconsin is a great place for canoeing and kayaking. And with the recent explosion in the popularity of paddling, there are more people on Wisconsin’s rivers than ever before.

If you’re looking for an outstanding waterway but don’t like the crowds, these three rivers are perfect for you.

Paddling Rusk County

Jump River—Rusk County

The Jump River is one of Wisconsin’s wildest waterways. Pristine and dam-free for its entire length, it is a wonderful place for a spring paddle. The most popular trip on the Jump is the 10-mile section on the south fork of the river between Highway M and the river’s confluence with the Chippewa River. Bring your fishing rod: The Jump River is loaded with musky, smallmouth bass and walleye. Get more Jump River paddling information.

Kayaking in Oneida County by Dennis Deitz
Photo by Dennis Deitz

Tomahawk River— Oneida County

The Tomahawk River runs through some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful forests. It’s one of the state’s best kept secrets. A trip down the Tomahawk gives you a chance to see lots of wildlife. There are a number of put-ins and take-outs along the river. A popular stretch is between Lake Kawaguesaga Dam and Highway 70. Several sections of the river have rapids, so keep a look out and be prepared to portage. Information on six different Tomahawk River paddling trips.

Kayaking in Stevens Point by KT Elements

Plover River—Stevens Point area

The Plover River is another unsung Wisconsin waterway. This beautiful, winding river cuts its way through the Stevens Point area and provides excellent paddling. One of the best stretches is the segment between Jordan Park and Iverson Park. A canoe ramp can be found along Highway 66 in Jordan Park. From there, paddle your way down to Iverson Park and enjoy the wooded banks and plentiful wildlife. Don’t miss this relaxing stretch of river. See a map of the Plover River.

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