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: -90.6003 Latitude: 45.8524 (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."