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Flambeau River - Big Falls Dam to Ladysmith

This stretch of the Flambeau River is one of the most relaxing and scenic. The journey from the Big Falls Dam to Ladysmith takes seven hours. The slow current and great fishing make this a day trip for anglers and paddlers of all ability levels. Josie Creek County Park, located just two miles downstream from the put-in, offers camping, complete with electricity, showers and pit toilets. A portage is necessary at the Dairyland Dam, and you'll find a campground there as well. The trip ends at Memorial Park in Ladysmith.

For a shorter paddle, you can get on the river at one of the Dairyland reservoir boat landings.

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.


Flambeau River - Big Falls Dam to Ladysmith

Memorial Park Boat Ramp 45.46989 -91.10260
Dairyland Reservoir Access "Community Park" 45.48439 -91.04701
Dairyland Reservoir Boat Ramp "Einar Johson Boat Landing" 45.50122 -91.04663
Dairyland Flowage Carry-in 45.502463 -91.02319
Dairyland Reservoir Access "The Point" 45.50292 -91.02836
Big Falls Flowage 45.55625 -90.95715
Dairyland Power Canoe Portage 45.49261 -91.04911
Falcon Island Carry-in Access 45.50071 -91.01529
Big Falls Dam - Lower Access 45.554750 -90.959333