Kayak and Canoe For a Different Type of View

Whether you’re a pro or just getting your feet wet – kayaking and canoeing are great ways to immerse yourself in Wisconsin’s unique landscape. Between the many lakes, rivers and creeks, there are countless opportunities to float-on through. Here are a few of our favorites for a paddling good time.

The Upper Wisconsin River

Pack up the gear and head to Oneida County for scenic canoeing and kayaking. Launch your boat near the Rainbow Flowage and start on a relaxing journey downstream. Don’t forget the fishing equipment; there are plenty of opportunities to paddle into hidden slews off the main channel and catch anything from pan fish to monster muskies.

Totagatic River

Venture to Northern Wisconsin and experience a one-of-a-kind winding river, which flows through five counties (Bayfield, Sawyer, Washburn, Douglas, and Burnett) and offers a multitude of breathtaking views. Known for its diverse wildlife and pristine water, this river offers unique paddling opportunities for canoers of all levels. Ojibwa for “place of floating bogs,” the Totagatic river is also a secluded haven for numerous aquatic species  – from bullfrogs to bullheads.

The Lower Wolf River

Looking for something more relaxing on the water? The slow-moving current of the Lower Wolf River is perfect for floating along, allowing you to take in the scenery, do some bird watching or enjoy bobber fishing. If you’d prefer a little exercise, the current is actually slow enough for you to paddle upstream. The river is accessible by several public landings located in Shawano, Shiocton and New London. And if you don’t have your own equipment, check out one of the local outfitters.

Kickapoo River

With twists and turns everywhere, the Kickapoo is Wisconsin’s most crooked river. With its gentle current, beginners can feel confident navigating the waterway as it winds through the majestic Wildcat Mountain State Park and Kickapoo Valley Reserve. You’ll also see beautiful hills and bluffs in the distance that extend right to the waters edge. Numerous launch areas provide easy accessibility to the river. Oh, and since this river is fed by springs and small streams, it offers exceptional trout fishing opportunities.

Milwaukee River

Go on a kayaking or canoeing adventure through the city. The Milwaukee Urban Water Trail is a 35-mile route through the urban reaches of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers. This route offers a unique perspective of downtown and its landmarks, along with a calm current and easy paddle in all directions. Want to take a break? The trail offers convenient places to tie-up along the River Walk, the perfect pit stop for a bite to eat and a tasty beverage.

Want to learn more about Wisconsin paddle sport waterways? Or outfitters that rent canoes and kayaks and can even help you plan your paddling trip? Then check out this detailed list.

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