Canoeing the Eau Claire 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.


Eau Claire River-1-Marathon and Langlade County-Hwy. 64 to the Dells. 18 miles. Just past mile 9 are some beautiful formations of granite and igneous rock. This section has Class II and III rapids that should only be attempted by experienced canoeists. After the Hwy 52 brige there are several Class I rapids. For water levels call the Antigo DNR at 715-627-4317. Put in at William Ackley historical marker alonside Hwy. 64. Take out right upstream from the dam alongside the Dells County Park campground.

Eau Claire River 1




Eau Claire River 2-Marathon County-From the Dells to Club House Rd.-10 miles. This part of the river has several Class I and II rapids, then it widens and turns nice and quiet. Camping is available at Eau Claire Dells County Park and Marathon County Park in Wausau. Water levels are best in spring. When water levels are high the dells are very dangerous. Call the DNR at Antigo for info. 715-727-4317. Put in at the county park below the dells. Take out at Club House Rd. Bride where there is parking for a few cars.


Eau Claire River 2