Chippewa River

Ladysmith, Wisconsin

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What was once a working highway for the lumber industry is now a recreational paddler’s delight. A lively river of riffles and some low-grade rapids, the Chippewa starts wide and passes through large boulders and a scattering of islands in a secluded forest setting. A few narrower passes go around wooded islands, and the current rarely wavers. Pass under a high railway bridge, one of the few signs of civilization through here. The waters are clear but reflect the sky—beautiful but sometimes hiding a bump or two over a boulder. Fun for all skill levels, except in high water, the trip ends at a highway bridge similar to the one at the put-in.

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"What was once a working highway for the lumber industry is now a recreational paddler’s delight. A lively river of riffles and some low-grade rapids, the Chippewa starts wide and passes through large boulders and a scattering of islands in a secluded forest setting.

A few narrower passes go around wooded islands, and the current rarely wavers. Pass under a high railway bridge, one of the few signs of civilization through here. The waters are clear but reflect the sky—beautiful but sometimes hiding a bump or two over a boulder. Fun for all skill levels, except in high water, the trip ends at a highway bridge similar to the one at the put-in."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Ladysmith
Distance: 10.8
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: About 4 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Crane, Exeland

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