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Chippewa River - Bruce to the Flambeau River

A century ago, this mighty river was the main transport route for timber coming out of the Northwoods. This trip offers dependable water levels year-round. It takes nine hours of easy paddling to get from the put-in near the bridge in Bruce to the take-out just above the confluence with the Flambeau River. Along the way, enjoy great fishing for smallmouth, musky, walleye and even catfish. The river bends in several places into giant oxbows, offering some deep pools that attract fish throughout the year.

In many places, beautiful high banks rise up on both sides of the river. Birdwatchers should keep an eye out for common loons, wood ducks, mergansers and heron.

See a map with details on river features and public access locations here.

To locate the primary access points and obtain GPS coordinates, see the Google map below.


Chippewa River - Bruce to the Flambeau River

Hatch Road Boat Access 45.33871 -91.32619
Fletcher Road Boat Ramp 45.39177 -91.28921
Highway 8 Canoe Landing 45.452909 -91.256361
Highway E - Flaters Resort 45.297997 -91.237000