Canoeing the Wolf River,
Lake Dam to Pearson-Langlade County-10
miles. This is a peaceful flatwater
outing, highlighted by forest, marshland,
sand banks and wild rice beds. Put
in downstream left from the Post Lake
dam. The park here has toilets and
plenty of parking. After nearly a
mile of straightaway paddling the
river curves sharply to the left,
with a marshy area on the right. The
Langlade County Park is just downstream.
Wild rice grows in the channel but
there is a clear path to paddle through.
A short distance down from Turle Lake
are several islands. At 2.7 miles
Swamp Creek enters from the right.
A large boulder in the middle of the
river at a sharp right hand turn signals
the river left access from Lost lake
Road at 3.8 miles. The wide mouth
of Pickeral Creek appears on the left,
in a right hand bend at 8.7 miles.
Take out at the river left landing
just downstream from the County T
To Lily- Langlade County-12.5 miles.
This section has narrow wooded stretches
and marshy lowlands, with three different
sets of riffles and rapids. Camping
is not allowed along the river Water
levels are usually good except during
dry spells. Put in at the County T
bridge. Downstream the Hunting River
enters on the right. The 2.2 miles
to County A are rather wide with lots
of marsh grass. There is a rock garden
beneath the Cty. A bridge and beyond.
Class II Wendigo Rapids begins in
the first left hand curve past the
bridge. It is several hundred yards
long and there are plenty of rocks.
At 4.2 miles is the River Road Landing.
Strauss Rapids at 8.5 miles, usually
a low Class I-II comes in two pitches
above Military Park. Overton Rapids
at 9.5 miles is about 1/2 mile of
enjoyable riffles. Take out downstream
right at the Hwy. 52 bridge.
Lily to Langlade-Langlade County-15
miles. This is a whitewater paddlers
delight. There are many Class I and
II rapids, with some intervening flatwater.
Put in at the Hwy. 52 bridge. At 1.3
miles is SAt. Claire Rapids also known
as Eagle Run, is a long winding series
of riffles in a gentle boulder garden.
Big Slough Gundy is next at 2.5 miles,
a wide Class II boulder garden,about
15o yards long with a steep gradient.
Just downstream is Little Slough Gundy,
a solid Class II drop and boulder
garden that should be scouted on the
right.. Portage if in doubt. After
the Wolf Road access at 3.5 miles
is the Big Sheen and Little Sheen
Rapids followed by almst two miles
of quietwater. At 6.5 miles is Burnt
Point Rapids, an easy Class II. At
about 9 miles is Oxbow rapids. The
first two pitches are easy Class I-II,
but the third is a solid Class II
that is several hundred yards long.
Two more rapids follow, Cedar and
Hemlock rapids. the last 3 miles have
three more challenging boulder garden
rapids. All are Class II. Take out
at the DNR landing at the Hwy. 64
bridge downstream right.
Langlade to Gilmore's Mistake-Langlade
County-10.5 miles. This is one of
the Midwest's most popular destinations,
suitable for intermediate and advanced
paddlers and for rafters. Put in at
the Hwy. 64 bridge. The river begins
wide and slow, when it narrows you
are comong to Rocky Rips an easy Class
I-II rapids.After a stretch of quietwater,
Class II Crowle Rapids begins followed
by Horserace Rapids at 1.8 miles and
Twenty Day Rapids at 4 miles. Two
miles below Twenty Day is Herb's Landing
on the right. At the suspension footbridge
at 8 miles you come to Boy Scout Rapids,
a Class II boulder garden 1/2 mile
long.. After that there are 3 Class
I-II boulder gardens that require
rock dodging. Hanson's Rapids at 9.2
miles is a challenging Class II+ rapids.
A mile of flatwater follows Hansons.
The trip ends dramatically with a
solid Class II called Gilmore's Mistake.
Take out immediately after the rock
garden, on river left at the Wild
Wolf Inn raft landing.
M to Big Smoky Falls-Menominee County-12.3
miles. A blue ribbon Class II-III
whitewater run, for skilled paddlers
only. Put in at the DNR landing at
the County M bridge. You will pass
Gilmore's Mistake alongside the Wolf
River Inn.At 1.5 miles Burnt Shanty
Rapids begins which is a Class II
boulder garden. A series of islands
follows. Past the islands is an almst
continuous Class II rapids in the
bends. Just upstream from the WW bridge
is Class II-III Pissmire Falls. A
long quiet strech follows. At 8 miles
you come upon Sullivan Falls, a short
Class II rapids precedes this. The
Sullivan is a 7 foot river wide waterfall.
A short stretch of flatwater and you
are at Class II+ Ducknest Rapids which
is several hundred yards long. At
9.7 miles you come to Class II+ Teakettle
Rapids. It can be scouted on the left
side. The Class III Dells Rapids follows
the Teakettle. When you see the steep
walls looming ahead get out and scout
on the left.. The Saturday Islands
and 1.5 miles of flatwater follow
the Dells. Finally a large island
announces Big Smoky Falls. There are
big drops on both sides of the island.
The one on the left, a Class IV-V
should be avoide under any circumstances.
To scout Class III Big Smoky Falls
from the right, get out at the rocky
outcropping on the right shore of
the river near the head of the island..
There is a take out on river left
just before the falls, upstream from
a footbridge.Or youcan take out below
the Falls on the left, at the landing.