Paddling Spots in Central Wisconsin
We are truly blessed to be located in the heart of Wisconsin near hoards of local lakes and the mighty, yet peaceful, Wisconsin River. Below we have assembled a number of maps to local hotspots that provide exceptional paddling for everyone from beginners to advanced whitewater Kayakers.
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Wisconsin River–Stevens Point Flowage
Wisconsin River North (for intermediate skilled paddlers) Take Highway HH West out of Stevens Point (approximately 4 miles) and you will find a boat landing on the right side of the road. Put in here and head back towards Stevens Point. As you proceed downstream, the islands to your left are surrounded by channels. The adventurous canoeist may wish to poke around the islands, spend some time fishing, bird watching or animal viewing. All channels headed south open into the Stevens Point Flowage and back to the main channel. In the Flowage, go under the power lines and take out at the boat landing near the swimming beach in Bukolt Park on the left. Try following the Green Circle Trail segment to Pfiffner Pioneer Park to walk along the riverfront. Across the river, you will see K.A.S.H. playground at Mead Park. At the southernmost tip of Pfiffner Park, you will encounter the Riverfront Arts Center. Downtown Stevens Point, just one block east offers a variety of specialty shops, dining, historical murals and other attractions. The Stevens Point Flowage is located between Lake DuBay and the city of Stevens Point. This Wisconsin River reservoir provides 3,900 acres of prime fishing water. Even though 50-inch muskies are extremely rare on even the best musky water, you have a realistic chance of catching one on this flowage.
For beginner skilled paddlers; Begin at the boat landing on Business 51 at the south edge of Stevens Point. Put in at the landing, head towards then go under the bridge: you will be in the McDill Pond. Caution: stay away from the dam, do not go near it. As you proceed under the bridge look for many cliff swallow nests. Next, proceed across the pond toward the power lines about one-half mile upstream. Across the pond and on the left is an Osprey nest on one of the telephone poles; binoculars allow you to see nestlings in early spring. Continue upstream along the north shore to a channel on your left. Enter the channel and continue through until you come to a culvert going under the road. Yes, your canoe or kayak will fit through the culvert. Continue paddling up the channel and you will eventually come back to the main body of water (McDill Pond). Turn right and head south under the power lines, across the main channel, under the bridge and back to the boat landing. Allow 2-3 hours for this trip. Nice flat water paddling, but can become choppy on windy days. McDill Pond is a 261 acre hard water impoundment, located in the Village of Whiting, near Stevens Point. McDill Pond has a maximum depth of 14 feet and a bottom consisting of primarily sand, with some gravel, silt, and muck. McDill Pond has a long history, dating back to 1853 when the original dam was first constructed for logging purposes. There is a small park below the dam that serves an abundance of waterfowl and an osprey nest near the northern tip of this urban pond. Panfish and largemouth bass are the common fish species in McDill, with smallmouth bass and northern pike also present. A public boat launch is present on the east shore of the pond.
Plover River–Jordan Park to Iverson Park
For intermediate skilled paddlers; Park one car in Iverson Park off Highway 66 in Stevens Point. Then travel Highway 66 east to Jordan Park. Jordan Park offers camping as well as a Nature Center, that is open in the summer, complete with special programs and staffed by a naturalist. When you are ready, begin this route at the canoe ramp on the south side of Highway 66 in Jordan Park (handicap accessible dock is available). The route will meander through generally flat water, and is an excellent trip for bird watchers in June and July. Because of the wooded landscapes on either side of the river, it is an excellent way to view fall colors in the area. Once you have reached Iverson Park, enjoy a dip in the water near the swimming beach, or walk on a short segment on the Green Circle Trail that makes its way through the park. If you are hungry, try a stop at the Hilltop Pub & Grill, just east of Iverson Park. Wade fishing for brook trout. Little Plover River Fishery Area is mostly pine forests, with some hardwood. Little Plover River has a history of drying up in certain sections during June, July, and August.
For intermediate skilled paddlers: Begin your adventure in Nelsonville. Stop to view the historic Rising Star Mill, one of four historical museums maintained by the Portage County Historical Society. The mill is open for special events throughout the year. This segment meanders through woods and fields. Four miles downstream in the Village of Amherst, be sure to follow portage signs to avoid dam. Once you reach Amherst, stop for a stroll and lunch in the downtown district, complete with shops, restaurants and an art gallery. Continue on the Tomorrow River, suggested take-outs are at Highway T or Highway DD. Please note: during high water, submerged logs and swirling water can cause problems. During low water, rocks and shallows will be present. Tomorrow River is a stream located just 9.1 miles from Iola, in the state of Wisconsin, United States, near Amherst, WI. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including yellow perch, northern pike and sunfish here.
Mill Creek Whitewater Kayaking
For advanced skilled paddlers; This trip begins on County Road C and ends seven miles downstream at West River Drive, Mill Creek Road boat landing. This route is best traveled during higher water periods although due to the characteristics of the Mill Creek Watershed, high water can create dangerous rapids. There are some rock ledges along the creek and at higher stream flows will the challenge the best paddlers. This trip is suggested only for advanced skilled paddlers who want a challenge. Spring is the best time for this trip.
Wausau Whitewater Park
For those looking for a little more adventure and with the skills to shoot the rapids. The Wausau Whitewater Park has what you need. The park is only open on certain days and for specific time periods. We are there on almost every release day offering free gear demos and teaching classes towards your ACA certification. For more information on the park, visit the Wausau Whitewater website. For more information on our whitewater classes, you can find dates, times, and costs on this page.