Vacation Itinerary

Rusk County Rivers

Thornapple River

Location: North central Rusk County  

Description: The archetypal Northwoods River. Very little development along the shores.

Paddling: Navigable for nearly all of its length. Best paddling is in the 26-mile stretch above the confluence with the Chippewa River. A great trip is the 12-mile stretch between Hwy. 27 and the Chippewa, a wilderness stretch with some fun rapids.

Fishing: Walleye fishing can be excellent, and there are some musky present in the river. One of the most important sturgeon spawning area’s in the region.

Birding and Nature: Backwaters have nesting wood ducks and mergansers. A timber wolf pack is in the area.

Camping: Private campground north of Ladysmith.

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