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Wisconsin whitewater, Bad River

Ashland county, Cayuga to Foster Junction railroad bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     7.1 miles
Lots of rough water and lots or relaxing stretches.  A great mix.  There are some 6-8 foot drops and lots of awesome scenery.  You can stay at the Cayuga Hotel & Saloon for $20/night at the put-in.  Great food there too.    Says Dean

If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The natural
    beauty of Wisconsin and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. There aren’t any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance
because these hotels fill up quick. Whitewater paddling here in the Gogebic Range is a great experience. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. The Cayuga to Foster Junction railroad bridge stretch of Bad River is 7.1 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III(IV) section by American Whitewater. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. If you're coming from  
Eau Claire it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Cayuga to Foster Junction railroad bridge stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
A journey to Bad River wouldn’t be complete without a trip to nearby Copper Falls State Park.

Bad River, Cayuga to Foster Junction railroad 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 Bad River.
 Whitewater Near Bad River:
Bad River, Ashland County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 7.1 miles long (Cayuga to Foster Junction railroad bridge)
Bad River, Ashland County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.2 miles long (Highway 169 to Devil's Gate footbridge)
Bad River, Ashland County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 18.8 miles long (Devil's Gate footbridge to Elm Hoist Road)
Marengo River, Ashland County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.8 miles long (Government Road to Bad River)
Tyler Forks, Ashland County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.8 miles long (Gehrman Creek to Brownstone Falls)
Brunsweiler River, Ashland County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 10.3 miles long (Beaverdam Lake to Highway 13)
Brunsweiler River, Ashland County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.5 miles long (Mineral Lake to Mineral Lake Rd)
Bad River, Ashland County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 20.4 miles long (Elm Hoist Road to Odanah)
Chippewa River - East Fork, Ashland/Sawyer County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 14.2 miles long (Stockfarm Bridge to Blaisdell lake)
Chippewa River - East Fork, Ashland County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 21.6 miles long (Glidden to FR164)
 Ski Areas Near Bad River:
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 22 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 43 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 49 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 51 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 60 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 66 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 77 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 95 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
 Marinas Near Bad River:
Ashland Marina, Ashland , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Bad River:
AmericInn Ashland, Ashland , 19 miles away
Best Western The Hotel Chequamegon, Ashland , 20 miles away
Super 8 Ashland, Ashland , 20 miles away
Quality Inn Ashland, Ashland , 22 miles away
Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bad River:
Copper Falls State Park, Mellen, 5 miles away
Wildwood Haven Resort and Campground, Mellen, 6 miles away
Mineral Lake, Marengo, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Bad River:
Great Divide Snowmobile Trail, Ashland , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bad River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 28 miles away
Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 6 miles away
Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin , 17 miles away
Big Bay State Park, Wisconsin , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bad River:
Mellen Country Club, High Bridge , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Bad River
Beaver Lake, Ashland , 17 miles away

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