Paddle the Flambeau River in Price and Rusk Counties

Flambeau River Area Attractions

Wisconsin Concrete Park
See the often larger-than-life size creations of artist Fred Smith at the Wisconsin Concrete Park, 1 mile south of Phillips on Highway 13. In 1950, at age 65, Price County native Fred Smith began construction of what is known today as the Wisconsin Concrete Park. Smith, a lumberjack, tavern owner, farmer, and dancehall musician, created over 200 figures depicting his vision of the local culture and the world. His work is considered one of America's most unique displays of folkart.

Timm’s Hill
Timm's Hill, in southern Price County, is the highest geographical point in Wisconsin. The Timm’s Hill County Park and National Scenic Trail are a great place to hike, bike and sightsee. There is an observation tower in the park that provides some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. During the autumn, this is a great place to see the changing colors of the landscape. Amenities include a playground, picnic shelter, well and toilets.

Rusk County/Ladysmith Visitor Center and Railroad Displays
Rusk County Visitors Center is located in a reproduction of a 1903 Soo Line train depot. It’s a great place to start your paddling adventure in Rusk County. In addition to information on the Flambeau River and the surrounding area, you can learn about the logging and railroad history of Rusk County. The town of Ladysmith has a fantastic collection of train cars throughout the town. For more information, call 1-800-535-RUSK.

The Chippewa River
Another excellent paddling opportunity can be found in Rusk County—the Chippewa River. Dividing Rusk County in half from north to south, the Chippewa takes a meandering route through some beautiful and often very remote lands to where it eventually meets up with the Flambeau River at the south end of the county. Much wider and slower moving than the Flambeau, the Chippewa has some very relaxing paddling. The Chippewa also boasts some excellent fishing. Don’t miss the Chippewa—it’s well worth a paddler’s attention.

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