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  any Wisconsin paddlers?
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-06-12 6:32 AM (EST)

I'm fairly new to Wisconsin and am looking for fellow paddlers to join up with. Anyone from the Wausau area?

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  Look Up Durangoski on
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-06-12 8:34 AM (EST)
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Tom's a heck of a paddler and lives in Merril. I lived in Schofield a few years, but that was about 20 years ago! We lived not far from the Log Cabin Restaurant, when the OLD building was there. We miss Angelo's Pizza and messing around on Rib Mtn!

  Pure Water Paddlers
  Posted by: ziggi29 on Apr-06-12 9:29 PM (EST)
Try Pure Water Paddlers, they are based out of Eau Claire but I think they do trips all over northern WI. Met a few members at Inland Sea Symposium last year, really nice guys. BTW- you're only an hour from the Northern Highlands, lots of beautiful lakes to explore, many with paddle and\or portage in campsites. Pallette Lake is my favorite :)
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-07-12 8:00 AM (EST)
Thanks, I'll get in touch with them.
  Welcome to Wisconsin!
  Posted by: PJC on Apr-07-12 10:45 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-07-12 11:08 AM EST --

You might also want to get in touch with the MadCity Paddlers. We're pretty much based in the Madison area in south central Wisconsin, but we have a number of members who have either migrated north from here and maintained membership or who have joined MCP though they aren't really in our central area. Durangoski (Tom who lives in Merrill) is one but there are others. The club does quite a lot of trips, most of which are to points North.
Membership is quite reasonable - $12/year for family, $10 for individual, if my memory is serving me correctly. There's an Email newsletter that announces trips, some of which will probably be within easy driving distance from you.

You are aware there's a world class artificial whitewater course in Wausau, right? If not, you might want to check that out ASAP... I've never been there myself, but I'm sure they have scheduled dam releases that allow for practice at various flow rates, etc. It would also be an excellent place to meet other (probably very good) paddlers from the area.

Another way to meet other paddlers in the area is to enter the Callie Rohr race held on the very uppermost stretch of the Wisconsin River near Conover WI. (June 9 & 10th this year) The race starts at the Rohr's campground, so its a camping/paddling weekend. Great place to meet other paddlers. Even if (like me) you're not really a racer, its a good time, a chance to meet other area paddlers, a very pleasant place to paddle, and the proceeds go to a good cause.

You're much closer to many very nice near wilderness paddling rivers than we are down here. (Though we have some pretty good ones, too.) For starters, try the Flambeau (North Fork) from below the Turtle-Flambeau flowage to Agenda landing. (Note: Hug the left bank at Pine Tree rapids just below Holt's landing - there's a barely-submerged smooth boulder at the bottom that isn't immediately apparent and snags quite a few folks. I hit it the first time...) The Manitowish is a beautiful, peaceful river. The Namekagon is another very nice paddling river. The Wolf is a good choice if you like whitewater. Not too bad from "irrigation hole" upstream from Langlade down to "Gilmore's mistake" where Bear Paw outfitters is located. Scout Boy Scout rapids from the foot bridge though - might choose to carry that one. Below Gilmore's on the Wolf one better be a pretty good canoe paddler running it with other pretty good paddlers. At some water levels there are some honest Class III & IVs down there.
Now that you're a resident, you might want to locate a copy of "Paddling Northern Wisconsin" by Mike Svob. Its as good a guide as any to the paddling opportunities you're now in the midst of.
Happy paddling!

  That's really good advice on the Wolf.
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-09-12 2:51 PM (EST)
That's only time I've been scared in the water.
It was 1973 (a high water year) there were four foot standing waves below horse race rapids - normally a II.

Also don't forget Superior and Michgan.
  Posted by: simonbee on Apr-08-13 1:26 PM (EST)
I paddle with a group that is part of the Sierra club, it the River Touring Section (RTS). Our group organizes outings state wide as well as out-of-state depending on the years. We cover almost all aspects of paddling from; open solo ww canoeing, kayaking, adventure trippers (Canada, Alaska) to quiet water paddling. We would love to have you joint some of our outings. You do not have to be part of the Sierra club to participate, call the leader for the details and show up with your equipment. We also organize outings that are not listed on our bulletin those are on invitation basis very much depending on your skill level.
  Check out
  Posted by: glendorado on Apr-08-13 2:40 PM (EST)
Rapids Riders. There's a bunch of paddlers from Wisconsin & Minnesota who plan trips / runs. Need to click on the discussion board, and also need to sign up (free)to post topics & plan runs with other people. Newbies encouraged. Check out the events page. there's some wisconsin events this year. Also check out the greater MN / WI whitewater planner on facebook. A lot of the same people on this site too. Great bunch of people who plan runs every weekend/weekdays. If you want to email me for more info, feel free. I'm always looking for other paddlers, & run some wisconsin stuff during the season. I run everything from class I-V. Haven't run the Wolf yet, but is on my list for this year.
  tomahawk river
  Posted by: old_user on Aug-24-13 11:54 AM (EST)
drive up 51 to lake nokomis[hwy 8 as well].prairie rapids off aptly named prairie rapids road,i am there most afternoons


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