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Wisconsin whitewater, Chippewa River - West Fork

Sawyer county, Moose Lake Dam to West Fork Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     7.4 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Wisconsin is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. This section of Chippewa River - West Fork in Wisconsin is 7.4 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. There aren’t any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before
    you come because it is a very popular destination. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. The beautiful scenery of Wisconsin and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves
reasons enough to come here to paddle. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. If you're coming from Eau Claire it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The Moose Lake Dam to West Fork Bridge section is one of many paddling sections in this  
river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Chippewa River - West Fork is right by the Rock Lake National Recreation Trail; lots of people from Ojibwa come here. Take a hike on the Tuscobia State Trail, and a visit here wouldn’t be complete without a tour to close by Chequamegon National Forest. A river like this is too good to miss. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 70's to Chippewa River - West Fork. Throughout the dark hours of summer temperatures dip down into the 50's. Throughout the winter the highs are commonly in the 10's while the cold winter nights at Chippewa River - West Fork are in the-10's.

Chippewa River - West Fork, Moose Lake Dam to West Fork Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Chippewa River - West Fork.
 Whitewater Near Chippewa River - West Fork:
Chippewa River - West Fork, Sawyer County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.4 miles long (Moose Lake Dam to West Fork Bridge)
Chippewa River, Sawyer County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.4 miles long (Belille Falls)
Chippewa River - East Fork, Sawyer County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.4 miles long (Blaisdell Lake to Winter Dam)
Marengo River, Bayfield County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 6.6 miles long (FR 194 to FR 384)
Marengo River, Bayfield County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 10.8 miles long (Town Hall Road to Four Corner Store Road)
White River, Bayfield/Ashland County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.6 miles long (Maple Ridge Road to Flowage)
Brunsweiler River, Ashland County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.5 miles long (Mineral Lake to Mineral Lake Rd)
Flambeau River, Rusk County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 5.3 miles long (Hervas Landing to Beaver Dam Landing)
Brunsweiler River, Ashland County, 26 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 10.3 miles long (Beaverdam Lake to Highway 13)
Flambeau River - North Fork, Sawyer County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Babbs Island to Hervas Camp Landing)
 Ski Areas Near Chippewa River - West Fork:
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 30 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 52 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 74 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 80 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 82 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 84 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 85 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
 Marinas Near Chippewa River - West Fork:
Round Lake Marina, Hayward , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Chippewa River - West Fork:
Comfort Suites Hayward, Hayward , 26 miles away
AmericInn Ladysmith, Ladysmith , 26 miles away
Ladysmith Motel And Suites, Ladysmith , 26 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Hayward , 27 miles away
Flat Creek Inn And Suites, Hayward , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chippewa River - West Fork:
Boulder Lodge Resort, Hayward, 5 miles away
Moose Lake, Winter, 6 miles away
Chippewa River Campground, Sawyer County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Chippewa River - West Fork:
Rock Lake National Recreation Trail, Bayfield , 9 miles away
Tuscobia State Trail, Sawyer , 9 miles away
Black Lake Trail, Ashland , 12 miles away
North Country Trail, Ashland , 14 miles away
Virgin Pine Trail, Bayfield , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chippewa River - West Fork:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 44 miles away
Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin , 14 miles away
Flambeau River State Forest, Wisconsin , 27 miles away
Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chippewa River - West Fork:
Lakeview Golf & Pizza, Hayward , 2 miles away
Ross ' Teal Lake Lodge & Teal Wing Golf Club, Hayward , 4 miles away
Teal Wing Golf Club, Hayward , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Chippewa River - West Fork
Namekagon Lake, Bayfield , 10 miles away
Beaver Lake, Ashland , 15 miles away
Blaisdell Lake, Sawyer , 15 miles away

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