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Canoeing and Kayaking in Rhinelander, WI

Paddling opportunities in Hodag Country

Spring, summer and fall, the Rhinelander Area offers great canoeing and kayaking. Go paddling on lakes, rivers and quiet backwaters. Get a Boundary Waters type experience on the remote and untouched Willow Flowage. Or, paddle the Wisconsin, Tomahawk and Pelican rivers, ideal destinations for canoes as well as kayaks. Boat launches are numerous in the Rhinelander Area and the water quality is second to none. If you like paddling, you’ll love the Rhinelander Area.

Here are some of the area’s best paddling opportunities:

The Willow Flowage

Located west of Rhinelander in an undeveloped tract of forest, the Willow Flowage is a true wilderness destination. The complex of lakes, sloughs and islands covers 6,400 acres. Public access is available at the Willow Flowage Dam, Cedar Falls campground, The Sportsman’s, Talbot’s, Jerry’s and McCord Road.

Wisconsin River

Paddle the upper reaches of Wisconsin’s longest River. The river is quite easy to paddle where it passes through the Rhinelander Area. Popular stretches include River Road to Bridge Road and Bridge Road to the Rhinelander Flowage.

Tomahawk River

This winding river flows through deep forest and offers excellent paddling opportunities. Popular stretches include Camp Nine Road to Cedar Falls Road, Willow Flowage Dam to Highway K and Highway K to the Nokomis Boat landing.

Pelican River

This quiet river winds its way through forests and wetlands. The river passes beneath a number of roadways, including Highway Q, Highway 8 and River Bend Road. If you’re looking for peace and solitude, paddle the Pelican River.

Get a complete list of Rhinelander Area lakes.