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Learn more about Rusk County's rivers

Rusk County is home to four scenic rivers--the perfect setting for your paddling and fishing adventures this spring. But what do you really know about the Chippewa, the Jump, the Thornapple and the Flambeau? Read on to discover more about these wonderful waterways.

What are Rusk County's four rivers?

The four rivers that cut through Rusk County are the Chippewa River, the Flambeau River, the Jump River and the Thornapple River. The Chippewa is located in the western part of Rusk County, and the Thornapple can be found in the county's north-central region. The Jump River travels through the southeastern section of the county, and the Flambeau River is found in the northeast.

Which river is the longest?

The Chippewa River is the longest, stretching for more than 180 miles from Lake Chippewa in northern Wisconsin to the Mississippi River to the south and west.

Are the rivers good for canoeing and kayaking?

Canoers and kayakers will find some of the best paddling in the state in these four rivers. The Flambeau River, in particular, is known as a top whitewater paddling destination and is considered one of the best spots in the Midwest for kayakers. The Jump and the Thornapple provide calmer, scenic paddling trips, while the Chippewa offers a good mix of rapids and calm water. Learn more about paddling in Rusk County.

Where can I rent canoes and kayaks?

Paddlers can rent canoes and kayaks--and stay in waterfront cabins--at Flambeau Adventures in Ladysmith.

Will I find good fishing on the rivers?

Absolutely--anglers will find outstanding fishing options in Rusk County. The Chippewa and Flambeau rivers are known throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest for their walleye and musky fishing. The Thornapple River is one of the area's most important sturgeon spawning regions. The Jump is lightly fished, so anglers can catch walleye and smallmouth (and some musky) in good numbers. Learn more about fishing in Rusk County.

Where can I stay?

Visitors to Rusk County will find a nice mix of lodging properties, from resorts to hotels to bed & breakfasts.