Vacation Itinerary

Rusk County Rivers

Flambeau River

Location: Northeast Rusk County

Description: A mix of whitewater and easy paddling. Deep woodland habitat.

Paddling: One of the best paddling experiences in the Midwest, with whitewater and slower stretches. Paddlers looking for whitewater excitement should try the stretch from Hervas Camp Landing to the Big Falls Dam. For an easier paddle with great scenery, try the Dairyland Reservoir down to Ladysmith or from Ladysmith to the Thornapple Dam. From the Thornapple Dam, it’s a quick and exciting 8-mile paddle to the confluence with the Chippewa River.

Fishing: Noted for numerous mid-sized muskies, as well as some real giants. Also excellent smallmouth and walleye fishing.

Birding and Nature: Heavily forested Flambeau River State Forest good for seeing eagles, osprey and white-tailed deer.

Camping: Excellent primitive campsites. Flambeau River State Forest offers several rustic camping areas at regular intervals along the river.

Get complete maps and paddling information for the Flambeau River.

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