Vacation Itinerary

Rivers & Paddling

Paddling Rusk County Rivers
Paddling Rusk County Rivers

Rusk County Rivers

Wild RiversRusk County has four of the finest waterways in the Northwoods—the Jump, Chippewa, Flambeau and Thornapple rivers. Birdwatchers, river anglers, paddlers and campers will love Rusk County’s wild rivers. Each river has its own special character.

  • Jump River: A truly pristine Northwoods river ecosystem. Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the Jump River, one of the wildest rivers in the Midwest.
  • Chippewa River: A true working river. A fantastic fishery, a source of electricity and one of the most important rivers in Wisconsin’s lumber boom of the 1800s. 
  • Flambeau River: The great Northwoods highway. Native Americans, French fur traders, loggers and rivermen all paddled this waterway—and yet, after many centuries, the scenery remains virtually unchanged.
  • Thornapple River: The best paddling secret in the Midwest. The little known Thornapple flows through miles of wild lands, teeming with wildlife.

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Rusk County Rivers Map (PDF)

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