Length: 183 miles
Source: Lake Chippewa
Mouth: Mississippi River
Location: Western Rusk County
A classic Northwoods waterway
A true working river, the Chippewa has sustained the area for generations. In earlier days, it was an important logging river during the logging boom of the 1800s. Today, it boasts a fantastic fishery and is an important source of electricity for the region. The river provides nearly 40 miles of paddling in Rusk County. North of Bruce, paddlers will find dozens of challenging rapids. South of Bruce, the paddling is quieter and perfect for beginners and families.
Description: Relatively wide and curving with lots of deep holes.
Paddling: An exciting paddle is from the County Highway D bridge in Exeland down to Imalone - an 11-mile stretch with lots of fast water and great fishing. Other popular stretches include the 9 miles from Imalone down to Bruce. From Bruce to the confluence with the Flambeau River, it’s an 18-mile trip through mostly calm water. From the confluence, paddlers can travel another 10.5 miles through gentle water to the Holcombe Flowage. This stretch of the river offers excellent fishing for musky.
Fishing: Famous fishery for walleye and musky, as well as northern pike and panfish. Also, smallmouth approaching 20 inches.
Birding and nature: Wooded stretches and backwaters provide excellent wildlife viewing. Look for common loons, wood ducks, mergansers and heron.
Camping: Public camping areas are specifically designated at sites for paddlers. Find camping options.