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Wisconsin whitewater, Pewaukee River

Waukesha county, Pewaukee to Waukesha section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     1.6 miles
 
Just did this run on Saturday. Launched in downtown Pewaukee. We ended up carrying our kayaks from south of I-94 to the Fox river. Says Matt

Kayaked Pewaukee River to Fox River 6/30/10. Large tree completely blocking river just after you launch at Pewaukee Rd. Need to portage around. Other trees down along river that you need to maneuver past. Water is high and running fast. I tipped over twice but was able to stand and pull my kayak
    to the side and dump the water. Have fun! Says Richele

Kayaked this river 4/1/2010.  Numerous downed trees and low water.  No rapids worth talking about. Says Mike Krabath

The nature scenery of Wisconsin and
the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The Pewaukee to Waukesha section of Pewaukee River is 1.6 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, as you can see on the road map further down. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're  
all set. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Wisconsin tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is a short paddling stretch so better bring some good walking shoes.

Briefly about the general area:
It's always great to explore Silurian Spring, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Pewaukee here.

Pewaukee River, Pewaukee to Waukesha 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 Pewaukee River.
 Whitewater Near Pewaukee River:
Pewaukee River, Waukesha County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 1.6 miles long (Pewaukee to Waukesha)
Menomonee River, Waukesha County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.4 miles long (Main Street bridge to next bridge)
Menomonee River, Milwaukee County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.8 miles long (Underwood Creek to 43rd and Monarch)
Honey Creek, Milwaukee County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1.6 miles long (Honey Creek Parkway to Menomonee River)
Cedar Creek, Ozaukee County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (Cedarburg City Park)
Milwaukee River, Milwaukee County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.4 miles long (Hampton Ave.Dam to North Ave.Dam)
Milwaukee River, Ozaukee County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.7 miles long (Bridge Street to Falls Road Ledge)
White River, Walworth County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 2 miles long (Lake Geneva to Lyons)
Sauk Creek, Ozaukee County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Grant Street to South Milwaukee Street)
 Ski Areas Near Pewaukee River:
Little Switzerland, Wisconsin , 16 miles away, 200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Highlands of Olympia, Wisconsin , 18 miles away, 205 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Alpine Valley, Wisconsin , 21 miles away, 388 foot drop, 14 lifts, 20 runs
Sunburst, Wisconsin , 23 miles away, 225 foot drop, 9 lifts, 10 runs
Grand Geneva, Wisconsin , 25 miles away, 211 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Wilmot mountain, Wisconsin , 28 miles away, 260 foot drop, 11 lifts, 25 runs
Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park, Illinois , 46 miles away, 180 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Villa Olivia, Illinois , 52 miles away, 180 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Four Lakes, Illinois , 64 miles away, 100 foot drop, 7 lifts, 7 runs
Hidden Valley, Wisconsin , 70 miles away, 200 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
 Marinas Near Pewaukee River:
River City Marina, Waterford , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Pewaukee River:
Holiday Inn PEWAUKEE-MILWAUKEE WEST, Pewaukee , 1 miles away
Milwaukee Marriott West, Pewaukee , 1 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Waukesha, Waukesha , 2 miles away
BEST WESTERN Waukesha Grand, Pewaukee , 3 miles away
Super 8 Waukesha, Waukesha , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pewaukee River:
Menomonee County Park, Lannon, 7 miles away
Muskego Cty Park, Muskego, 8 miles away
Country View Campground, Mukwonago, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pewaukee River:
Pike Lake State Park, Wisconsin , 16 miles away
Havenwoods State Forest, Wisconsin , 17 miles away
Bong State Recreation Area, Wisconsin , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pewaukee River:
Moor Downs Golf Course, Waukesha , 2 miles away
Willow Run Golf Club, Pewaukee , 3 miles away
Naga-Waukee Golf Course, Pewaukee , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Pewaukee River
Pewaukee Lake, Waukesha , 4 miles away
Bark Lake, Washington , 9 miles away
Lower Phantom Lake, Waukesha , 12 miles away

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