Paddle the Flambeau River in Price and Rusk Counties
 
 
 

Flambeau River Conditions:

River Report

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The North Fork of the Flambeau River is controlled by dams and it generally remains near the ordinary high water mark throughout the summer. The South Fork of the Flambeau and the other rivers in the area fluctuate depending on how much rain our area has received, and the water level can become quite low at times during the summer months.

No person may possess glass bottles within the Flambeau River State Forest boundary at Little Falls-Slough Gundy scenic area or within watercraft launched or removed from designated launching sites on the Flambeau River.

Paddlers Comments:

On a sunny Saturday, May 23, 2015, we planted flowers at the Veteran’s Memorial at the Highway 13 Wayside Landing south of Fifield to honor our veterans. Then our two canoes and two kayaks ran the stretch of the South Fork down to Lugerville. The river was up after recent rain but not so high as to create the standing waves that can swamp an open canoe. We all ran all the rapids clean, with Rockie Carrie, as always, providing a fun finish to the stretch from Fifield to Lugerville. On Sunday, May 24th, our two kayakers left the river and our two canoes continued on. We ran everything clean again all the way down to Cornsheller Rapids. We then had rain late Sunday afternoon which continued on through Monday, Memorial Day, as we canoed from Cornsheller Rapids down to the County M landing. We ran everything clean again, but decided not to run Slough Gundy, as the rain had dampened our enthusiasm even though the river level was probabl y about perfect for a run through the Slough – not too low to scrape you to a stop and not too high to toss the canoe around or swamp an open canoe. So we bid a “see you later” to the South Fork and soggily went home to our families to dry our gear and tell our stories about the best river in Wisconsin. 06-18-15 - E. Lillyblad

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Of course, my two brothers and I didn't portage, scout, or spend much time checking out the various chutes when we arrived at Beaver Dam Rapids. We were very confident after over 30 years of running the Flambeau River. In addition, on this two day fishing trip trip, we had successfully completed all that the unseasonal high water that the Flambeau threw at us. Also we paddled and back casted the rapids for over a hundred small mouth bass and not once did we tip any of our boats. As we crept closer to Beaver Dam Rapids, only a quarter of a mile from our final landing of the trip, we thought we would do the same. Tired, and ready for our final portage to the car, we donned our damp life jackets for only the second time in the last twenty hours of paddling. My brother Billy, in his solo canoe, eyed up the chute that he would take and tried to communicate his intentions to us behind him in our solo kayaks. We couldn\'t hear him over the deafening roar of the rapids. It appeared he was going to stay wide right, something that is never possible unless the water is extremely high. In hindsight, staying to the right would have been the safest way through. Topped with fishing gear, my brother Tom and I picked a center chute and paddled hard into the mouth of the rapids. As I leaned back, I was welcomed with a five to six foot drop that had huge black boulders spewing volumes of white boiling water 30 feet on each side of us. The front of the kayaks submerged and sent a huge amount of the rust color water into the cockpit. \'Always respect the river\' came to mind...but it was a bit too late! The two kayaks took on too much water and were flipped easily. My brother and I hung on as we banged, bounced, and floated through the rapids, keeping our feet up and in front of us the bruises from the rocks were minimal. Eventually we got to shallow water and flipped the kayaks back over. After losing much of our fishing equipment, even the things that were strapped in, (one of the shock cords was even ripped though the wall of one of the kayaks) we were reminded the force of the Flambeau...Although bruised legs and egos... we will be back! The Flambeau can be a great family adventure, but we were reminded of the strength of the river in high water and respect one must have for this great natural challenge. 07/24/14 - D. Martin

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Fall has officially arrived and the colors are coming on strong in Price County. This week and next should be a great time to get out on our area waterways. Most water levels should be good. The North Fork, Nine Mile Creek to Highway W, is beautiful this time of year. Easy paddling with a number of options for trip length. 09/24/13 - The Crazy Loon, Phillips, WI, www.thecrazyloon.com

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Saturday August 18th 2013 We dropped in at nine mile tavern about 1pm on Saturday, paddled down to county line campsite..stopped off early to set up for an 8am start on sunday morning. Next day we spent about 6 hours getting to Headquarters campsite (forgot to get firewood before when we originally left 9 mile) so I grabbed some firewood from the house right next to big reds lodge across the street from the DNR headquarters.The older gentleman with the wood actually borrowed his wheelbarrow to haul the wood back to my campsite (If you have an extra minute and a beer he\'s pretty friendly). When I got to headquarters there was a buck eating the wild rasberrys on the trail up to the gravel road. Anyway on Monday we ended up at Hervas campsite, only because my son didn't want to start the day from the cedar rapids site...figuring it wasn't a good idea to go thru the rapids first thing in the morning. (Hervas is about a mile or so from Cedar rapids. All the whitewater parts of the river were awesome, seemed like with the water being a little lower than usual made them seem longer because of the rock beds following each of the rapids. Succesfully completed all of them and I was in a canoe by myself for the entire trip..My two kids were in the second canoe. The trip was 3 days-Saturday in by 1pm at nine mile to Tuesday at 12:30pm at Flambeau Lodge. Definitely will be bringing fishing poles next year. 08/24/13

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We put in just below Rocky Carry, and took out at the Hwy W Bridge on Sunday, May 26, 2013.  The water was high, and the rapids an amazing ride!  Fishing was not so great.  Our group consisted of a river canoe, and two kayaks.  We took in water at Davis Rapids, and one other.  The trip took 3 hours and 55 minutes, and was 10.67 miles in length. All boats tolerated the trip well, definitely more challenging for the canoe.  It was a beautiful stretch of river, and I can't wait to get back up there and do another stretch of that fantastic river again! 05/29/13

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During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend our group of three canoes canoed from the Highway 13 Wayside down to County Highway M.  The river was very high, especially Saturday on the stretch from Fifield down through Rocky Carrie.  Two boats went over in Boars Rapids as the standing waves swamped them.  The same happened in Rockie Carrie to the boat that made it through Boars Rapids cleanly.  Only one other group of canoes spotted this weekend.  Ran the last 3 miles from Cornsheller to County M in only 30 minutes.  Beautiful weather and two first time Flambeau canoers found out why we keep coming back to Lugerville and the South Fork of the Flambeau! 05/28/13

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We canoed the 12 mile stretch from 9 Mile Tavern to Dix Dock in Oxbo back in 2009. With 2 men per canoe, it took us about 5 hours with the river level being just slighlty lower than average. A friend in the group wore blue jeans for the paddle down river on a bright sunny day. We still laugh about it. In 2010, we kayaked the same stretch but landed at Deadman's slough where we were picked up by Herbie Eheler from 9 Mile Tavern. We had lunch at the picnic landing and saw some wildlife along the way including a fawn deer drinking water at the slough. Highly recommended for any beginner. 06/18/12

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Over the 2012 Memorial Day weekend our group of two canoes and 4 campers canoed the North Fork from its beginning just below the Turtle-Flambeau Dam, putting in a the Dam Road Landing and paddling down to Agenda Landing. Plenty of water, good fun in the several little rapids and canoed the 14 miles in about 3 hours. Then put in on the South Fork the following day at Rocky Carrie and canoed down to County Highway M. Lots of water in the river after a big rain Saturday night with standing waves doing a bit of swamping at Carpenter Rapids and Cornsheller Rapids. Our trip from Rocky Carrie to Cornsheller took less than 3 hours to cover over 14 river miles. The final 3 miles from Cornsheller to the County M landing took only 25 minutes and there was plenty of water in the river. We saw no one else canoeing the river but did see several small motor boats with people out on the river for some fishing (both on the North and the South Fork sections we canoed). Don't let a little rain keep you off the best river in Wisconsin! 05/30/12

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When I was 14 yrs. old, I canoed the entire Flambeau river. What an adventure! My favorite part of the whole trip was Cedar Rapids. There, we climbed to the island and body surfed down the rapids. At night it was the most serene, tranquil place. I have canoed on the Flambeau three different times, and I will find myself back there! 5/9/12

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We paddled the south fork from Hwy M to Little Falls on Saturday, April 14th. It was definitely a little low, the bottom two timbers on the last stair were exposed at the put-in but still fun! No new strainers or anything present and not too rocky if you can navigate moderately well. 4/15/12

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I ran the river twice last year. The first trip was our annual (14th year) guys trip the 3rd week of July. With the high water levels we were able to run the South Fork from Lugerville down to Beaver Dam landing. The river was a lot of fun at the levels it was running and we caught more variety of fish on the South Fork than we normally do on the North Fork.  Slough Gundy was big and we swamped all of the canoes, but made it through without tipping.  Little Falls was of course huge and impressive and we portaged as usual.  Two weeks later I took my 8 year old son to the Flambeau for his first time and we made the run from Hwy W to Beaver Dam landing on the North Fork. It was amazing how much the river had changed from the flood events. there were a lot of new rock bars, and even a turn that was drastically different than in previous years.  This made the fishing a bit more difficult, but we still had a lot of success and my son even caught a 40 inch muskie by himself down by the forks. They were both great trips and we'll be back again next year. 4/22/11

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Six of us Chicagoans went to the north fork of the Flambeau late May of 2010 for the first time in our lives.  We spent 5 days/4 nights paddling and camping.  Altogether, we travelled 46 miles.  Water levels were not high but we were able to pass easily through every part of the river with only one canoe tipping.  Temperatures were in the high 70’s and sunny during the day but dropped down to the low 50’s at night.  Fishing turned out to be disappointing for us but others might have considered it encouraging.  I threw a Mepps Musky Killer out and on my second cast had a follow that scared the hell out of me so I stopped fishing from the canoe (I was scared that I would tip if I hooked it).  There are muskies everywhere along this river because we kept seeing them jump.  The only fish caught was a sucker the size of a nerf football and that was from shore after dark.  At one campsite, we just landed our canoes and were walking up to inspect it so see if it was suitable...then we all noticed the black bear standing up on its hind legs staring at us!!!   Needless to say, we ran back to the canoes screaming \'BEAR\' the whole way!   On another night, it was impossible to ignore the sound of the wolves howling.   It was so frightening that we all stopped making noise because we didn\'t want to attract them.   We also discovered it was turtle egg laying season because there were painted turtles digging nests at almost every sandy bay along the way.   Despite my friends’ advice, I actually took close up pictures and video of one mother turtle depositing her eggs from only a foot or two away.   She didn’t even seem fazed by my presence.  All in all, we discovered our new paradise up there at the Flambeau and already have the plans for our trip this year, it’s really an amazing place!!! 2/24/2011

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10/2/2010 - North Fork - A group of six canoes put in at Camp 41 on Saturday morning and stayed at Cedar Rapids Saturday night. Sunday we went from Cedar Rapids to Flambeau Lodge. We ran both Cedar Rapids and Beaver dam on the far right side. Water was above normal but very nice. All rapids looked much different then they did on Fathers Day weekend when we took 14 canoes down. Most beautiful trip of the year. Fishing was slow with no muskies and just a few smallmouth bass. One canoe did dump but thanks to drybags and experienced co-paddlers everyone dryed off and warmed up quickly.

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8/19/10 - Paddled North Fork from Holt Landing to Agenda Landing. 2 Kayaks..water very high. Took in water at two rapids at least. I would suggest a skirt. Nice short trip, about 5 miles and 8 rapids. Read up about this stretch as there are two islands that you have to go the correct way around. 9/1/10

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Paddled the North Fork of the Flambeau on 8/20/10 in a canoe and kayak from Dead Man's Slough to Hwy W. Water levels are high, but not dangerous. Tough to stop and fish, current is too strong and not many place to safely land canoe on the bank of the river. If you do stop along the shoreline, be prepared to be chewed alive by mosquitoes. Did find fish behind every boulder and slack water. Some smallmouth and nasty flathead catfish. Saw 3 bald eagles and 3 otters. Nice stretch of river and would consider fishing it again in September if the flow slows down and the bugs are gone. 8/23/10

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Paddled the South Fork from Highway W to Hervas Landing. Tandem in a 17' foot canoe we had a blast, we paddled everything but the Little Falls and can't wait to do it again. On a side note be sure to pass through Scratch Rapids on the RIGHT HAND SIDE moving towards the center after the bend, right now that's the safest play to keep you from getting pulled into the rocks. This is the best Whitewater in the State right now, but if you're an experienced paddler, know your strokes and maneuvers, and are in a decent watercraft this river is still a fraction of the ferocity of mountain white-water paddling. Get out there and do it NOW - the high water levels are equal to what you see in the spring and the speed and fun factor won\'t be higher this year. It\'s all the excitement of the early spring paddle with none of the hypothermia risk, if you've wanted to run this stretch but never had the guts in 50 degree weather, now is the time! 8/23/10

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We set out from W Saturday, 8/14. Water extremely high and moving very fast. 2 canoes, 1 tandem kayak. We also dumped at Carpenters, got sucked in a hole off center, ended up 100 yds downstream in a heartbeat. The others made it with no problems. The rest was outstanding whitewater. Loud water and fast current, wear helmets and be smart, nature is relentless. This is the best ride in WI. Eagles, deer and 1 bobcat - Thank you God. 8/16/10

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My buddy and I just paddled the south fork at the beginning of the week, the 9th through the 11th. The water is high and the rapids are ferocious. We flipped the canoe in Carpenters Rapids because our bow got sucked into an eddy and smashed against another boulder. That really sent us flying. I recommend caution and serious scouting if you intend to make this float anytime soon. 8/12/10

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Just returned from a trip down the north fork, river was pretty high. Put in at nine mile on Monday, paddled to oxbo. Next day planned on staying in hervas, but two large youth groups were already setting up camp. paddled to cedar rapids but counted 14 canoes on the shore and no place to camp. we ended up going the rest of the way to Flambeau Lodge, a four day trip in two days. I would go again if i knew when to avoid the big crowds. 8/5/10

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Five (5) of us just did the South Fork from Hwy M to Skinner Creek Road. The levels are great right now and allow for a really great trip. We ran the same section two days in a row because it was so much fun. Slough Gundy is in great shape with very few rocks to avoid and some nice waves. A few of us also ran Little Falls which was good and clear, no logs river right. Scratch was the groups favorite set, it had some great wave action and two nice holes below the first big eddy on river left. There is an awesome surfer on scratch I could've sat in all day! Didn't see any other paddlers out. 7/10/10

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Our family took a 3-day trip over the 4th of July weekend and the water levels were up considerably from last year. We launched at Nine Mile and paddled to “Oxbo” for the night. This is a nice easy stretch where we saw otters and eagles and other than where the Hwy. 70 landing is, you will not see power lines, houses or highways – just miles of lush green trees, ferns, and little blue flower blooms. It was very quiet and peaceful and we were very surprised there wasn’t more river traffic, especially for a holiday weekend. We love “Oxbo” for its gorgeous view; however, we were a little disappointed to find the fire pit filled with aluminum cans. If you use these campsites, please take ALL your trash with you. Thank you! Next morning woke to cloudy skies and had enough time to eat breakfast, take down tent, clean up campsite & pack canoes before the rain started. We paddled for about 4 hours in on and off rain, sometimes a heavy downpour, but it was still warm and beautiful nonetheless. There was a little more river traffic on the second day and quite a bit of people fishing along the way. Many said the musky were biting and we did see a few jump out of the water. The trip took a little longer since the wind was coming up river making it difficult to stop paddling without going backwards. We arrived at Hwy. W and the skies started to clear and thankfully that was all the rain we got for the whole weekend. We shortened our trip this year and decided to stay at the “Headquarters” campsite. Although we were the only family at this site, I wish we would have gone a little further downstream to either “George’s Island” or “Boy Scout” campsites. Camping at “Headquarters” (Hwy. W) is quite loud with the traffic over the W bridge as well as waking up to hear the owners of Big Bear Lodge mowing their lawn. It was like camping in the backyard. The third day of paddling brought us through my favorite part of the river – George’s Island and Nedli’s Island. The water is clear through this area and you can see the fish swimming right under your canoe. Right before Triangle Rock there was a little rushing waterfall that drained into the Flambeau. We decided to have lunch here and swim in this cooler water. This last leg of our trip is in the heart of the Flambeau State Forest. There are miles of pine and birch trees, quite a bit of wildlife and a swifter current so it is nice to be able to float for awhile. Because the water levels were higher this year, the rapids between Hwy. W and Camp 41 were not difficult at all. There were a couple of spots where we were touching bottom but nothing like last year when we had to walk with the canoe just to get through. The third set of Porcupine Rapids is rated a 3, but I think it is because it is a long stretch of whitewater, and not that it is difficult. It is mild compared to Wannigan Rapids or Flambeau Falls. All and all we had another great time on the River. Thanks Flambeau Forest Inn for the canoes & shuttle service! 7/6/10

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My family has done the trip from the dam to the Agenda landing. We are looking forward to our next adventure. Along the route are some fun rapids, a swimming hole, and even a rope swing to try out. Enjoy!! 6/13/10

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Eight (8) dudes put in at Holts Landing north of Park Falls on Friday, May 21st. The river is low and slow all the way to Park Falls. Saturday we paddled to the Mason Creek campsite south of Oxbo. This stretch of the river is spectacular, albeit a bit low for May. We did come across a filthy campsite just before Oxbo which was very disappointing. If anyone uses these sites they should know enough to clean up their garbage. All in all it was a great experience but we will try shorter paddles in the future. 5/24/10

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This spring was our 7th year of having the privilege of experiencing the Flambeau. As always, we were geared up for cold and rainy weather. The third week in April provided us with the best weather we've ever had on the river. Water levels were quite a bit lower than our previous paddles but with a keen eye, most rocks were avoidable. It's amazing how each year the river differs. We've seen the extreme highs and the extreme lows, both of which provide a great paddle. Many deer were at the rivers edge between Camp 41 and Cedar Rapids. The Bald Eagles, whether looking down from a tall Red Pine or soaring high above, prove to be a common sighting on the river. We saw two different Eagles swoop down and pick a fish out of the water. All in all, this was one of the best trips yet and I'm counting down the days until next spring's trip. P.S. Please remember to leave the sites as good or better than when you arrived. 4/29/10

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We (a group of 4 friends) have paddled the flambeau for 3 straight years now and have had great experiences each time. We originally started the trip at the Highway W landing but last year we wanted to extend the trip to 3 days and 2 nights so we put in at Nine Mile Creek. The scenery on the river, the thrill of paddling in the rapids, and the wonderful camping opportunities along the river ensures that this trip stays a tradition for us. (3/20/10)

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Was up with a large group over Labor Day weekend. Weather was excellent! Water levels were lower than we would have liked but we dealt with it. Fishing was a bit slow with smallmouths biting when they chose to. Had a decent size pike on but he didn\'t want to come inside the boat. Broke my rod on Saturday and lost my buddys in some rapids on Sunday. Some kind of luck huh? All in all a great trip. Only one boat tipped on Beaver Dam and it was mine(Like I said some kind of luck). Good thing our gear was secured. Can't wait to visit this beautiful paradise again! (9/5/09)

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I floated the Hwy 70 Landing to Co. Trunk W Landing on the North fork Yesterday. We did need to walk the canoe over a few yards of shallow rapids in three stretches. Water was over 70 degrees.  Fishing was very good for smallmouth.  Used a cone head wooly bugger in the olive color with a fly rod.  Didn't see many Musky. (E. Hoffer, Hoffer's Elite Guide Service - 8/19/09)

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The river is low on the north fork which is nothing new for this year.  Its still runable but be prepared to walk a little. (Jason, Flambeau Adventures - 8/19/09)

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The South Fork is the lowest I have ever seen and the fish population definitely seems affected, but it is still the best river in the state. The North Fork is runnable with pretty good fishing from Crowley Dam to Dead Man's. (8/19/09)

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Our boy scout troop paddled the South Fork on 20-Jun-09 from Fifield to the scout camp south of the Hwy F bridge. Weather was great but the water was low. We got hung up on almost every rapids (even Rocky Carry!). Saw 7 deer, bald eagles, osprey, and lots of ducks. Will try again next year when the water is up. Troop 439 Schofield WI.(6/30/09)

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Fourteen of us bachelor partiers canoed the North Fork down from County Road W on 6/6/09. It was a cool day and we got rained on. The river was low, we left a lot of aluminum behind. Despite all that, we had a blast. The muskies were biting, three 36 inchers and one 38 incher boated. We caught plenty of smallmouth, too. Had dinner and drinks at the Flambeau Forest Inn (love that ribeye). All in all, a day well spent. I recommend it to all but we need more rain. (6-8-09)

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The Flambeau River has been a long standing destination for our family - 20 years of canoeing. All started when we found we could not easily bicycle with our new born child so we turned to canoeing. We picked the Flambeau River by just looking at a map, looked different from other parks. In the early days we canoed the top two sections and stationary camped at the Lake of The Pines. The campground is primitive but quiet and has a great beach for children. On the river, I remember the new born would sleep in the bottom of the canoe with an umbrella over her. We always had a great time on the river. As time passed all things change, except this river. Our family got older and more experienced. We took many others up to enjoy the last three sections of the river. My daughter now insists on piloting a canoe over Cedar Falls and Beaver Dam. We will be back on the Flambeau this summer, Same campground and again the last three sections of the river. OVER THE BEAVER DAM. Please always know your ability and be safe. Galesburg, Il.(6-7-09)

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Paddled the South Fork from Highway 13 to the Highway F takeout. Water levels were excellent. Rocky Carrie was awesome. GET OUT THERE! (5-8-09)

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I loved this river and everything about it, we canoed on the North and South Fork-both were GREAT!

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We were on the North Fork stretch from Oxbo to County Road W. Water the lowest I have ever seen it. Fishing was slow, very slow. 10/21/08

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Paddled the South Fork down from Stone Wall Rapids to Rock Ledge Rapids on October 11th and 12th. The rapids were bumpy but runnable. The water was cold, the air was beautiful, and the fishing was bad, 4 northerns and one small musky. The smallies are deep and not interested in summer lures. (10/13/08)

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Elk River from Grassy Lake to Soo Lake - The water level is up on the Elk River - Had a great trip down this stretch of river from Grassy Lake boat landing to Soo Lake, Long Johns Resort Wednesday evening.  Just enough water to run through the rapids, which might indicate more water in the South Fork also.  We ended our trip at Long Johns Resort and had a great meal there. (9/18/08)

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With the wind at our backs, Ron and I left the public boat landing by County W late Sunday morning.  After the rain Saturday, the river was up, but we still managed to hit a fair number of rocks.  The trees are beginning to show signs of Fall.  A large flock of ducks  we believe were canvasbacks also paddled on the river, sighted an eagles nest and eagles were soaring overhead.  The river was our own personal waterway as we encountered no other people. Our trip took a little over 2 hours.  An eagle was perched in a tree by the Camp 41 landing where we took out.  Ron & I highly recommend this section of the North Fork of the Flambeau as a great Fall paddle. (9/15/08)

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Paddled the South Fork from Rocky Carrie to Flambeau Township take-out. Water is very low. Caught plenty of SM Bass, plus a few 15 - 20\' walleye near Hwy. F. Fishing is very good right now. (8/11/08)

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In at Deadman\'s Slough, overnight at Oxbox, Out at W. Be careful with your food/coolers. We has a porcupine come by and say \'hello\' and woke to very loud grunting in the middle of the night. Bear tracks around our campsite the next morning. Overall a great trip. Saw a small fawn drinking from the river, a huge bald eagle, and numerous big fish. Glad we only heard the bear.(8/7/08)

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A group of kayakers who finished a paddling trip this past weekend reported the stretch on the North Fork from County Highway W to Beaver Dam as fine. (7/29/08)

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My daughter and I canoed the North Fork this weekend. The Nine Mile bridge trip to Oxbo was scenic, and the campsites were very nice. Barnaby rapids shouldn't even really qualify, and the slough area is quite slow, but it was very scenic. Almost everyone we came across was fishing, with a lot of large smallmouth taken. We saw large muskies jumping out of the water for most of the trip. (7/28/08)

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What A Great Trip!  Flambeau Adventures is an outstanding outfitter.  In our trip from Iron County to Flambeau Adventures we saw several Eagles, Blue Heron, Cardinals, Red-Winged Blackbird and does coming down to the water for a drink.  Weather was excellent and the rapids were great Fun!  Keep on paddling Boys. Russ, Boy Scouts Troop 20 & 22. (7/28/08)

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Last evening we canoed a short stretch on the South Fork up river from the Hwy. W boat landing. We put in about 3-1/2 miles down Up River Road. It is muddy getting to the river but easy to get through. The trip was nice. We had to watch for rocks and walk through two areas because of the water being low, a rocky area about a third of the way and then a very shallow area right before we got to the bridge. (7/16/08)

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We were out on the North Fork of the Flambeau River near Smith Lake County Park on Monday, 7/14/08, and the paddling was great.  Within a vary short time we spotted a Blue Heron, Eagle and a Loon.  The Loon came within 10 feet of our kayaks as it was trying to keep us from its young chick.  What a sight.  The river levels between the dams is great for fishing and wildlife viewing.  Downstream, toward Nine Mile Creek and beyond, the water levels are lower but still offer good paddling.  We have been told that the South Fork of the Flambeau is low and you may need to drag your boat through some of the rapids. (7/16/08)

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We just returned from our 11th annual Flambeau trip and we paddled the North Fork from Deadman\'s Slough down to Beaver Dam Landing over 3 days. The daytime weather was great and the water levels were good. As a group we caught 82 smallmouth, 3 walleyes with one of them 22 inches, and a 36 inch muskie. We are already looking forward to next years trip. (7/14/08)

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Out group of 6 high school friends decided to do a ten year reunion canoe trip on the Flambeau. We had a great time. We started at 9 mile and canoed to the dam. We camped for 2 nights and canoed for 3 days. We had planned to camp 3 nights, but decided to head for home when the forecast called for t-storms on friday night and saturday. We had a wonderful trip in the beautiful setting of the Flambeau River. One canoe managed to tip 6 times during the trip. Paddleflambeau.com provided us with a lot of useful info and connected us with Flambeau Adventures who was a great outfitter. Thanks for the great site! (6/30/08)

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Kayaked the North Fork 6/13/08 & 6/14/08 from Big Bear to Flambeau Lodge. Water level was about 12' above normal making for a great trip. Rapids were fast. Stopped at the island at Cedar Rapids. Can't wait for the next trip. (6/16/08)

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Canoed the river last summer... best canoe trip i have found in the state. I do a good amount of canoeing as a boy scout but this is by far my favorite river. Crystal clear, you can see everything... rocks on the bottom, fish swimming, etc. Many nice rapids... all in all a great trip!!! (6/12/08)

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We paddled the South Fork of the Flambeau River the weekend of May 31-June 1. This is an annual trip for our group and the water levels between Rocky Carry and Little Falls were the best we have had in over 15 years! We saw a newborn fawn on the river's edge and are sure that it's mother was not far away. (6/9/08)

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We kayaked the South Fork from Round Lake to Smith Rapids Sunday, 6/1/08.The conditions were great – A warm and sunny day.We had a peddle and paddle adventure.  We dropped our boats off by the Round Lake Logging dam then drove to Smith Rapids, the take out point for our day’s adventure.  Admired the Smith Rapids covered bridge, and then hopped on our mountain bikes for an easy 5.8 mile peddle back to our boats. The water level was good – Little Bull Dam and Riley Dam were great fun.  We stopped at a picnic table on the left side of the river just before Riley Dam for lunch.  The rest of our trip was calm water.  The only hazards were trees lying in the river.  We saw eagles, ducks, an otter and one canoe.Our paddle was 8.3 miles on a very winding course and took 3 ½ hours.We ended our paddle with a picnic at Smith Rapids Campground.  Packed up and drove back to Round Lake for our bikes. (The Crazy Loon, 6/1/08)

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Myself and seven other paddlers went out on the south fork this weekend, the water is actually low right now and there are lots of exposed rocks out there right now. We saw a wolf, and the next morning there were wolf tracks all over our camp. Fishing was OK. There sure was\'t as many people on the river. I've been shooting the south fork for the last 10 years on memorial day weekend and this was the fewest people yet. If your looking for whitewater the south fork is the way to go. Kayak or canoe, we were camped at Hervis landing thats where the wolf was. I love the Flambeau river its worth the drive for me to experience the south fork.(5/24/08)

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Paddled from T-F Flowage to Holts Landing. Easy water, beautiful, saw few people. Wonderful bird watching.(P.Brickner)

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Fished the South Fork down from Rocky Carrie last Friday 10-05-07 and the fishing was really bad. The river is in low flood stage and the habitat has been disturbed. The river running and the rapids are great though, but you'd better be an experienced paddler. (E. Hall, 10/10/07)

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Thursday July 5, 2007, North fork day trip, Oxbow to HWY W. This was my first time back since 2005. The river is so low it reminded me of the Wisconsin. Never have we ever got hung up so much on the bottom, the flow was slow as well and perhaps that contributed to my inability to pick out the deeper channels. But, it was just amazingly beautiful, as usual. We saw an Eagle, same one a few times, a single deer fawn and only 1 heron. There were these little pale/baby blue blooms that were quite striking. Worth it! Even with the portages through the shallows.(7/5/07)

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A wild and scenic section of the North Fork of the Flambeau, between Holt and Agenda landings. It will test your skills and thrill you, and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. This section of the river is a corridor of the Flambeau State forest. You will not see any development between the two landings. You will feel like you are in Canada as you pass thru this section of the river. You will likely spot Eagles, Otters and other wildlife. (K. Ballak, Channahon, IL, 8/21/06)


 
 
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