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Rohr's Wilderness Tours

Rohr's Wilderness Tours was founded in 1983 by Jeff Rohr, a seasoned wilderness traveler with 30 years of teaching and guiding experience, along with his wife Marcia with 20 years of wilderness paddling and instruction. They take great pride in providing the best canoe instruction and equipment for unforgettable and safe canoe classes. The emphasis on their classes is learning skills before thrills for a non-threatening learning experience. Their students can expect to learn the joys of paddling well in all water conditions. They offer many levels of comprehensive canoe classes and tailor their instruction to the skill level and aptitude of their students. There is never any pressure on the students to paddle what they are not prepared for.

Their canoe base, complete with a great campground, canoe shop, rental house, and landing on the Headwaters of the Wisconsin River is a great place to learn and paddle. They are located in Northern Wisconsin, just 13 miles north of Eagle River, on the Headwaters of the Wisconsin River. The Headwaters of the Wisconsin, a small and scenic wild river with good current and no rapids, provides a great learning platform for beginning paddlers. Located just south of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Sylvania Wilderness area with the Ontanogan, Brule, Pine and more rivers close by, RWT is a true paddler's paradise. RWT also offers a beautiful duplex rental house and a great deluxe shower house for some modern conveyances in a scenic wilderness setting. They also offer a complete livery service in both canoes and kayaks with outfitting and shuttle service also available. You can take trips from an hour up to several days from their landing at RWT. For the paddlers who enjoy canoe tripping they offer the same great instruction on some exciting canoe trips on other rivers. Check their web site out for all the latest information at

Class I - Two days of instruction; first day on the Headwaters of the Wisconsin River with no rapids and one day paddling a river with easy Class I rapids. Class I paddlers will show proficiency in canoe and paddle design and be able to demonstrate the draw, push away, sweep, reverse sweep, cross draw, J, and C strokes. Paddlers will also learn the more advanced maneuvers; front and back ferries, and eddy turns.

Class II - Two days of instruction on Class II Rivers with Class II rapids. Class II paddlers will be required to show a proficiency in all skills learned in Class I along with the pry, and high and low braces. More emphasis will be placed on reading river hazards and safely maneuvering through Class I & II rapids.
Pre-requisite: Class I.

Solo Paddler - RWT offers Solo Canoe and Advanced Solo Canoe classes in the more advanced strokes and maneuvers of solo canoeing. The advanced solo canoer will learn to maneuver safely through Class I whitewater. Each person will have their own boat to practice the techniques learned in these comprehensive canoe classes. Solo Canoe will be held on a river without whitewater. Advanced Solo will be held on a river with Class I whitewater. Check their newsletter for dates of classes.
Pre-requisite: Class I.

Kayak lessons: RWT offers beginning instruction in Kayaking.

Group Instruction: RWT can tailor a class that meets your group needs

Private Instruction: RWT can tailor private instruction to individual needs.

Canoe classes include canoe and canoe gear.

Check their web site at or contact them at 715-547-3639 or for current pricing and more details.

Rohr's Wilderness Tours
5230 Razorback Rd.
Conover, WI 54519
Phone: 715-547-3639


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