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Wisconsin whitewater, Bad River

Ashland county, Devil's Gate footbridge to Elm Hoist Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     18.8 miles
  This stretch of Bad River in Ashland County is 18.8 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-III section of whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Eau Claire, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The beautiful Gogebic Range scenery is an added bonus. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. Not too many hotels
    nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The scenic beauty of Wisconsin and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. And
of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Wisconsin is often easier than  
elsewhere, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Bad River without first going for a hike along the Great Divide Snowmobile Trail. Going to Copper Falls State Park near Bad River is a good thing to do, and since you're here you will meet lots of people from close by Mellen. This river has so much to offer. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Bad River. Summer overnight lows plunge down to the 50's. Through the wintertime highs are commonly in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Bad River are in the 0's.

Bad River, Devil's Gate footbridge to Elm Hoist Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Bad River.
 Whitewater Near Bad River:
Bad River, Ashland County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 18.8 miles long (Devil's Gate footbridge to Elm Hoist Road)
Bad River, Ashland County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 20.4 miles long (Elm Hoist Road to Odanah)
Bad River, Ashland County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.2 miles long (Highway 169 to Devil's Gate footbridge)
Marengo River, Ashland County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.8 miles long (Government Road to Bad River)
Tyler Forks, Ashland County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.8 miles long (Gehrman Creek to Brownstone Falls)
Bad River, Ashland County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 7.1 miles long (Cayuga to Foster Junction railroad bridge)
Brunsweiler River, Ashland County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 10.3 miles long (Beaverdam Lake to Highway 13)
Potato River, Iron/Ashland County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6.5 miles long (Highway 169 to Potato River Road)
Brunsweiler River, Ashland County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.5 miles long (Mineral Lake to Mineral Lake Rd)
Tyler Forks, Iron County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 7.6 miles long (Moore Park to Vogues Road)
 Ski Areas Near Bad River:
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 19 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 40 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 46 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 48 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 59 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 66 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 73 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 99 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
 Marinas Near Bad River:
Ashland Marina, Ashland , 17 miles away
Madeline Island Yacht Club, La Pointe , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Bad River:
AmericInn Ashland, Ashland , 15 miles away
BEST WESTERN The Hotel Chequamegon, Ashland , 17 miles away
Super 8 Ashland, Ashland , 18 miles away
Quality Inn Ashland, Ashland , 20 miles away
Lucy's Place, Bayfield , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bad River:
Copper Falls State Park, Mellen, 4 miles away
Waverly Campground, Ashland County, 10 miles away
Potato River Falls, Saxon, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Bad River:
Great Divide Snowmobile Trail, Ashland , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bad River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 22 miles away
Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 3 miles away
Big Bay State Park, Wisconsin , 18 miles away
Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bad River:
Mellen Country Club, High Bridge , 6 miles away
Chequamegon Bay Golf Club, Ashland , 19 miles away
Madeline Island Golf Club, La Pointe , 19 miles away

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