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How to enjoy your summer vacation in the land of four rivers

Rusk County is a great place to take a summer getaway. We're open and our businesses are taking extra measures to make sure your vacation is safe and enjoyable. If you're interested in finding a more solitary place to explore this summer, here's a look at some of the outdoor activities you can enjoy on each of Rusk County's four rivers.

Paddling on the Thornapple River.

The Thornapple is one of the Midwest's best-kept secrets for canoers and kayakers. Hop in your canoe or kayak to discover nearly 40 miles of paddling routes that pass through undeveloped swaths of Wisconsin's wilderness.

Fishing on the Jump River.

Rusk County is a great fishing destination, and this pristine waterway is a great place to go to get away from some of the area's busier fishing spots. Expect to find musky, walleye and smallmouth when you cast your line.

Find a place to stay along the Chippewa River.

Rusk County has many welcoming lodging properties that are ready to serve visitors again, including places to stay that are right along the water. Flater's Resort sits at the confluence of the Chippewa and Flambeau Rivers, and several other motels, hotels and B&Bs can be found in equally scenic spots. Please contact individual lodging properties with questions on availability and any changes in procedures.

Exploring the Flambeau River State Forest.

This 90,000-acre forest that spans three counties (including Rusk) in northwest Wisconsin protects much of the Flambeau River and is a popular spot for paddling--beginners may want to explore the North Fork, while more advanced paddlers can explore the waters of the South Fork.

Please follow social distancing guidelines at public areas like boat launches.

If you need a place to eat or just want to pick up a meal to go after you're done with your adventures, check in with your favorite Rusk County restaurants to see what's available.

Everyone in Rusk County is encouraged to follow the Rusk County Health Department's guidelines on social distancing, gatherings and more to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Find more information on the health department's website or Facebook page.