Vacation Itinerary

Rusk County Rivers

Chippewa River

Location: Western Rusk County

Description: Relatively wide and curving, with lots of deep holes.

Paddling: An exciting paddle is from the Hwy D bridge in Exeland down to Imalone—an 11-mile stretch with lots of fast water and great fishing. Other popular stretches include the 9 miles from Imalone down to Bruce. From Bruce to the confluence with the Flambeau River, it’s a 18-mile trip through mostly calm water. From there, paddlers can travel 10.5 miles through gentle water to the Holcombe Flowage, a stretch of the river with excellent fishing for musky.

Fishing: Famous fishery for walleye and musky, as well as northern pike and panfish. Also, smallmouth approaching 20 inches.

Birding and Nature: Wooded stretches and backwaters provide excellent wildlife viewing. Look for common loons, wood ducks, mergansers and heron.

Camping: Public camping areas are specifically designated at sites for paddlers.

chippewa river mapDownload the Chippewa River - Bruce to the Flambeau River Map



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