Posted by: old_user on Sep-28-11 9:04 AM (EST)
Very nice river and one of the few in north WI and UP-MI you can paddle close to year round. Starting at Brule campground near Norma is the upper end but in non-Spring conditions you may do some scraping (especially if you have packs) until Hwy139/189 where it is better.
In the recent decade there has been development on the UP side. Trout fishing is ok. There are quite few Class I riffles and several Class II rapids, one of which is a ledge. There are a number of Nat Forest roads which you can use to vary your route, but be sure you know where your car is parked and don;t paddle by; this is WI's wildest area. There are quite a few camping opportunities on the river.
I do not know of any shuttle services but Google the Florence Natural Resource and Wild Rivers Interpretive Center and ask; and also visit when you are there.