Flame on for the Flambeau River

This will be a two day fun and long trip down the Flambeau River. The first section does have small class 1 rapids/riffles within the trip. The second has no rapids (reported) however a few dams in which need to be portaged. What better way to spend a Labor Day? I am planning to get in the area Friday night for an early morning paddle. This is about 170 miles away from Green Bay - so, if you like to drive early in the morning, leave at about 3:30 AM - Otherwise spend the night.   Please read the descriptions of the two areas from the web pages to get a better understanding. Here's the plan at the moment:


Day #1 will be North Fork, Nine Mile Creek to Highway W - 22 miles, 12 hours



Put in will be at the Nine Mile Creek Landing: Longitude: [masked] Latitude:[masked] (see map)

Take out will be at Highway W bridge.


I will be checking on shuttle fees from local outfitters - if they don't pan out, we will self shuttle.

Kayak rentals/shuttle are available for paddle #1 from two separate outfitters:




There are several locations for camping either tent or Terra camping (floor/H2O/electricity). Big Bear looks nice and convenient with multi-person  lodging. There are two camp sites near there: Connor's Lake and Lake of the Pines - these are first come, first serve with 30 camp sites each. I would like to get an idea from those who are wanting to go on this trip, which would be more preferred - and I will make arrangements (if Big Bear).



Day #2 will beNorth Fork, Big Falls Dam to Ladysmith - 12 miles, 7 hours



Put in will be at the Big Falls Dam (Directions from Flambeau River State Forest). We shall decide on a put in time on Sunday (once we establish how fast the river is running). This is about an hour dive away


Take out Just North of Ladysmith at Memorial Park. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Everett+Ave&daddr=Big+Falls+Dam+%4045.55478283912469,-90.95917403697968&hl=en&ll=45.470178,-91.101801&spn=0.001191,0.002068&sll=45.469269,-91.101342&sspn=0.002381,0.004136&geocode=FY_QtQIdW-OR-g%3BFV8ctwIduhKU-g&oq=ladysmith&t=h&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=18&z=19


Kayak rental and shuttle for section #2:


Please note - "No person may possess glass bottles within the Flambeau River State Forest boundary at Little Falls-Slough Gundy scenic area or within watercraft launched or removed from designated launching sites on the Flambeau River."


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  • Daren B.

    This was one of....nay...THE cleanest rivers I have paddled thus far. 35 miles and NO signs of trash in the river. This first section must be paddled again at a future date. I would suggest for the next time we use one of those camp sites along the river (third one). Weather was great, water warm and current fast enough. Got some slight recon in for the Yellow and Black rivers up there as well(potentials). Pictures to be posted later this week.

    September 1, 2013

  • Daren B.

    Just got done talking to folks at 9 mile rentals - they state river is in good shape, just slightly above normal, for the first day's trip. If anyone else is planning to do this trip with us, please join up before tomorrow night (Thurs). I will have partial phone coverage up there and will have NO idea if you signed up - let alone be able to exchange phone numbers. Forecast for the weekend - simply put, Gorgeous !!!!
    (well, from at least one local weather station). Looks like mid 80's, chance of rain on Friday/Sat. Lows are in mid 50's (super sleeping weather).

    August 28, 2013

  • Jared W.

    Looks like we should have some good above average water levels for this. A major storm dropped a ton of rain in the area, and water levels are pretty high but trending back down. Should make for an easier paddle on Saturday.

    August 27, 2013

  • Daren B.

    You'll at least be there in spirit. Sorry you'll miss out in the fun.

    August 26, 2013

  • Mary

    I'm going to have to cancel. As much as I'd like to go I need to get some stuff done at home. I may have someone interested in looking at it to buy & it's a mess with getting two kids ready for college. It needs some serious cleaning! Sorry :(

    August 26, 2013

  • Daren B.

    part 2

    Let's meet up at the camp site on Friday night and talk about what time we shall make our departure to the put in on Sat. I should be arriving there on Friday around 6-7 PM. I'll send each of those who sign up, my phone number near the day - so we may stay in contact on the arrival date. This Lodge also rents yaks and does provide transportation, if needed.. If others who do not have a yak want to join in.. NOW is the time. Come on folks, enjoy the outdoors and excitement of an adventure.

    August 20, 2013

    • Jared W.

      This sounds great. If anyone is coming more from the Madison area or points north of it, I'd be happy to carpool and pick you up on the way.

      August 20, 2013

    • Mary

      Sounds like a plan!

      August 21, 2013

  • Daren B.

    Ok, I have set reservations for both Friday night and Sat night at Flambeau River Lodge http://flambeaulodge.com/3301.h...­ at the group camp site. Can't beat the price of $3 per person/night. Doesn't sound like they have a bar/restaurant open any more.. sooooo pack the cooler with what you need. We shall make this the 'Base of operations' for the entire trip. Sure, there will be some travel time from here to the Sat morning travel spot (about an hour), but at least this one is a given and booked location. ****more ****

    August 20, 2013

  • Daren B.

    So, for those who are coming along - shall we tent camp at Connor's Lake/Lake of the Pines, or stay at Big Bear?

    August 14, 2013

    • Jared W.

      I'm fine with tent camping wherever we decide to camp. One other option beyond the places you mentioned would be camping at Flambeau River Lodge and Campground. They have a group campsite at which you can stay for like $3 per person per night, or you can just do individual campsites there. That place is located on River Road just upstream from the Big Falls Dam and already in the impoundment for the dam.

      August 15, 2013

    • Daren B.

      That sounds like even a better option. I couldn't find a web site for this campground - Jared, do you know if they need a reservation, or it first come, first serve?

      August 15, 2013

  • Daren B.

    Jared, yep that would be a nice whitewater trip.. plenty of class 3 rapids in that section - and it appears this is a popular stretch. If there are WW folks who would want to do that here's an outfitter which is close to the takeout - they offer shuttle service too. http://flambeaulodge.com/3415.h...­

    I will be adding additional info to this trip as the days progress. About a month before the trip, I would like to get a decent headcount - so we can decide if we are hitting the woods to camp, or a cottage - so arrangements/reservations can be made.

    July 19, 2013

    • Jared W.

      This is actually pretty easy WW, some are listed as Class III, but that is really only in high water conditions. I would say a couple drops are challenging class II with some easy portages for anyone who doesn't feel they can negotiate the drops. In any case, if we do manage to get some folks for that, we will probably just self shuttle, unless people need to rent kayaks or canoes.

      July 20, 2013

  • Jared W.

    I am a tentative yes for this, and I am trying to recruit some other folks, including a couple buddies and MAOG members. This should be fun. A couple folks might consider doing Camp 41 to Beaver Dam whitewater on Friday or Monday.

    July 18, 2013

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