Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Wisconsin

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Wisconsin. Use this list to plan your next Wisconsin flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 St. Croix River: Minnesota Highway 70 to Taylors Falls

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    Grantsburg, WI

    The St. Croix broadens below MN 70. Though often swift, the river rarely breaks into riffles. The watershed is not as wild as in the upper reaches; nonetheless, state parks and forests protect ...
    •  2 days
    •  36 miles
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    The St. Croix broadens below MN 70. Though often swift, the river rarely breaks into riffles. The watershed is not as wild ...

  • #2 St. Croix River: Wisconsin Highway 35 to Minnesota Highway 70

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    Danbury, WI

    Flowing through some of the wildest country in central Minnesota, the middle reaches of the St. Croix make for excellent overnight camping. Class I and class II rapids quicken the pace. This ...
    •  2 days
    •  42 miles
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    Flowing through some of the wildest country in central Minnesota, the middle reaches of the St. Croix make for excellent ...

  • #3 Maunesha River

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    Waterloo, WI

    This fun and scenic trip offers considerable diversity in only 8 miles, including a scenic mill, a hometown amusement park, rustic railroad bridges, old oaks, drumlins, and several small ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8.2 miles
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    This fun and scenic trip offers considerable diversity in only 8 miles, including a scenic mill, a hometown amusement ...

  • #4 Fox River A

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    Pardeeville, WI

    This day journey for the adventurous type explores the historic Fox River, where it begins as a narrow, meandering creek through woodsy meadows, empties into a lake, quietly exits the lake amid ...
    •  4-5 hours
    •  8.7 miles
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    This day journey for the adventurous type explores the historic Fox River, where it begins as a narrow, meandering creek ...

  • #5 Sugar River C

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    Brodhead, WI

    Slow-paced and pretty but still wild-feeling, this remote trip along the Sugar River begins in the hardwood floodplains of far southern Wisconsin and ends along tall, sandy bluffs ...
    •  3 hours
    •  7.8 miles
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    Slow-paced and pretty but still wild-feeling, this remote trip along the Sugar River begins in the hardwood floodplains ...

  • #6 Mukwonago River

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    Mukwonago, WI

    A beautiful clear stream surround by Kettle Moraine topography that is virtually undeveloped, the Mukwonago is just a delight and worth the drive. Expect to encounter muskrats, ducks, geese, ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.7 miles
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    A beautiful clear stream surround by Kettle Moraine topography that is virtually undeveloped, the Mukwonago is just a delight ...

  • #7 Red Cedar Lake State Natural Area

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    Cambridge, WI

    A beautiful lake enclosed within a state natural area for canoes and kayaks only, with outstanding wildlife opportunities and cool aquatic plants, this trips offers encounters with frogs, ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  4.2 miles
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    A beautiful lake enclosed within a state natural area for canoes and kayaks only, with outstanding wildlife opportunities ...

  • #8 Black Earth Creek

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    Spring Green, WI

    A spectacular short trip through a glacial valley with constant riffles, a modest rapids, a hilly landscape, and a short run through town, this stretch on the renowned Black Earth Creek ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.7 miles
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    A spectacular short trip through a glacial valley with constant riffles, a modest rapids, a hilly landscape, and a short ...

  • #9 Mecan River

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    Princeton, WI

    A virtual mecca for paddlers in southern Wisconsin, the Mecan features crystal-clear water with a peppy current surrounded by vast tracts of sparsely developed land. Enhancing that allure is ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9.5 miles
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    A virtual mecca for paddlers in southern Wisconsin, the Mecan features crystal-clear water with a peppy current surrounded ...

  • #10 Duck Creek

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    Wyocena, WI

    Depending on how high the water is, you’ll probably see some branches and roots of scrub partially submerged. The dam will be on your right, and you’ll portage to the right of the dam; there’s ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9 miles
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    Depending on how high the water is, you’ll probably see some branches and roots of scrub partially submerged. The dam will ...

  • #11 Neenah Creek A

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    Oxford, WI

    This trip in a remote landscape with three thrilling rapids along clear water and sandy bottoms packs a lot of punch in a little distance. You’ll see sandhill cranes, swans, geese, ducks, beaver, ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6.0 miles
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    This trip in a remote landscape with three thrilling rapids along clear water and sandy bottoms packs a lot of punch in a ...

  • #12 Badfish Creek

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    Cambridge, WI

    One of the best secrets in south central Wisconsin, Badfish Creek has everything you can want in a stream: clear water, swift current, riffles and light rapids, pretty scenery, sandbars, ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6.8 miles
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    One of the best secrets in south central Wisconsin, Badfish Creek has everything you can want in a stream: clear water, ...

  • #13 Rocky Run Creek and Wisconsin River

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    Portage, WI

    With this trip, you get two streams for the price of one and three distinct landscapes in under 5 miles, plus a tiny but accessible cave. Expect to see deer, ducks, blue-winged teal, snapping ...
    •  2.5 miles
    •  4.4 miles
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    With this trip, you get two streams for the price of one and three distinct landscapes in under 5 miles, plus a tiny but ...

  • #14 Pewaukee River and Illinois Fox River

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    Waukesha, WI

    Here is a truly varied trip that begins in a tranquil wetlands, heads underneath an interstate highway, rushes down a fun set of rapids, and merges with a different river into downtown ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  8.3 miles
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    Here is a truly varied trip that begins in a tranquil wetlands, heads underneath an interstate highway, rushes down a fun ...

  • #15 Rock River

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    Ashippun, WI

    This section of the Rock River is perfect for beginners and offers a pleasant, tranquil trip through a mostly undeveloped landscape of floodplain forests and an occasional quaint ...
    •  4 hours
    •  10.3 miles
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    This section of the Rock River is perfect for beginners and offers a pleasant, tranquil trip through a mostly undeveloped ...

  • #16 Pine River A

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    Richland Center, WI

    Paddle through a rock tunnel that’s part of a natural bridge on your way through the rolling landscape of beautiful Richland County. This trip on the upstream Pine is pure Driftless Area, as ...
    •  4.5 hours
    •  10.3 miles
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    Paddle through a rock tunnel that’s part of a natural bridge on your way through the rolling landscape of beautiful Richland ...

  • #17 Baraboo River A

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    Baraboo, WI

    This is, hands down, the most beautiful section anywhere on the Baraboo River—and that’s saying something. Gorgeous rocky bluffs, absolute intimacy, spectacular wildlife, and the most scenic ...
    •  5 hours
    •  12.5 miles
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    This is, hands down, the most beautiful section anywhere on the Baraboo River—and that’s saying something. Gorgeous rocky ...

  • #18 Horicon Marsh

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    Mayville, WI

    A vast wetlands complex that is home to the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the country, Horicon Marsh is a truly intriguing and special place. Each spring and autumn, it’s a junction for ...
    •  3 hours
    •  7.2 miles
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    A vast wetlands complex that is home to the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the country, Horicon Marsh is a truly intriguing ...

  • #19 Devil’s Lake State Park

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    Baraboo, WI

    A beautiful clear-water lake towered by a 500-foot-tall quartzite gorge in the heart of the Baraboo Range, the scenery alone on this trip beckons, as does its history, for here you will find ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.0 miles
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    A beautiful clear-water lake towered by a 500-foot-tall quartzite gorge in the heart of the Baraboo Range, the scenery alone ...

  • #20 Sugar River A

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    Madison, WI

    This trip along a charming stretch of the Sugar, nestled in the soft hills and farms of southwestern Dane County, features clear water, riffles, pretty stands of oaks, a fun rapid, and the ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5 miles
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    This trip along a charming stretch of the Sugar, nestled in the soft hills and farms of southwestern Dane County, features ...