Canoeing the Chippewa River, Wisconsin

 
Expert paddler Mike Svob has been canoeing and kayaking the rivers of the Midwest for 30 years. He paddled more than a thousand miles to complete these books. Below are brief descriptions of the canoe trips that Mike goes into detail with in his books with maps. The maps are very useful, showing rapids, take in and take out points and other things of interest.
 

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Chippewa River 1-From the winter Dam to Ojibwa in Sawyer County. 7.8 miles. This is an easy relaxing day trip. Camping is available at Ojibwa Park. Water levels vary. When the water is high it is dangerous.Stay off when it is high. For water level info call North Central Power Company at Radisson. 715-945-2630. Put in at canoe landin off Dam Rd several hundred yards downstream from the winter dam. Take out at Village Park downsteam right from the Cty. G bridge

Chippewa river map 1

 

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Chippewa River 2- Arpin Dam to County D in Sawyer county. 8.5 miles. The half mile of rapids right below the dam are for experienced canoeists only.. There is no camping along this stretch of river.. Water levels are usually adequate but high water is dangerous, especilly blow the dam. Put in on river left below the powerhouse at the end of Birch Lane. Take out at the Cty. D bridge, downstream left. This is a convenient accesss with, with room for several cars along the road.

 

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Chippewa River 3-Cty D to Cty A in Sawyer and Rusk County. 10.2 miles This is a very nice stretch of river for advanced beginners.. For info on water levels call Ladysmith DNR at 715-532-3911.Put in downstream left at Cty D bridge near the small town of Exeland. Take out upsteram left at Cty. A bridge near the town of Imalone. There is room along the road for a few cars.

Chippewa river map 3

 

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Chippewa River 4-County A to Hwy8 in Rusk County. 9 miles. The river widens here and you will come upon many wooded islands. Camping is available near the take out point at the Bruce city park and to the west at Audie Flowage and Perch Lake county parks. Stay off the river when water levels are high. Call the DNR at Ladysmith for water level info. 715-353-3911. Put in at Cty. A bridge. Take out by going left around the big island just upstream from Hwy 8 bridge at the public landing.

Chippewa river map 4

 

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Chippewa River 5

Chippewa river map 5