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Your guide to boating in Rusk County

Rusk County is home to numerous wild rivers and glacial lakes, meaning there are lots of wonderful waters for boaters to explore. Here's a closer look at where to go and what to see.

Where can I go boating?

In Rusk County, you'll find four wonderful rivers--the Jump, the Flambeau, the Chippewa and the Thornapple--as well as more than 250 lakes and flowages. Paddlers can find descriptions and maps of various river routes here.

If you're looking for some faster fun, here are some lakes and flowages that welcome motorized watercraft:

  • Potato Lake: This 540-acre lake is located in southwestern Rusk County near the Potato Creek State Wildlife Area. Start your trip at the boat launch on the northwestern corner of the lake and enjoy the scenery or cast for walleye, panfish and bass.
  • Lake Flambeau: The largest flowage in Rusk County, Lake Flambeau (also known as the Dairyland Reservoir) covers 1,870 acres and is accessible from five public boat landings.
  • Ladysmith Flowage: Head to the heart of Ladysmith to find this 268-acre body of water. A public boat landing is available off Everett Avenue.

When's the best time to go boating?

Anytime of the year! In spring and summer, you'll be greeted by luscious green surroundings and wonderful fishing opportunities. When the weather starts to cool in the fall, a boat trip is a great way to take in the amazing colors of northwestern Wisconsin.

Where can I stay?

Whether you want to stay on the water or are looking for something a little more landlocked, you can find hotels, motels, cabins and B&Bs throughout Rusk County. See lodging options here.