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Wisconsin whitewater, Bad River

Ashland county, Highway 169 to Devil's Gate footbridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     6.2 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Wisconsin and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The starting location is a short drive from Eau Claire, as you can see on the road map further down. When you're paddling down a Gogebic Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Wisconsin are
    easier than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near.
You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch of Bad River in Wisconsin is 6.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-V section. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find  
a large number of good rivers. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
It's always great to go to Copper Falls; Bad River is not far at all from Mellen. So much enjoyable stuff to do here in the Gogebic Range, too pleasant to be true. Brownstone Falls is a glorious local attraction, and a journey to Copper Falls State Park is a magnificent idea. At this river you will always have a good time. There are splendid locations to look at along the Great Divide Snowmobile Trail. The amount of precipitation that falls at Bad River is close to the national average.

Bad River, Highway 169 to Devil's Gate footbridge 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, 1 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.2 miles long (Highway 169 to Devil's Gate footbridge)
Bad River, Ashland County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 18.8 miles long (Devil's Gate footbridge to Elm Hoist Road)
Tyler Forks, Ashland County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.8 miles long (Gehrman Creek to Brownstone Falls)
Bad River, Ashland County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 7.1 miles long (Cayuga to Foster Junction railroad bridge)
Marengo River, Ashland County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.8 miles long (Government Road to Bad River)
Bad River, Ashland County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 20.4 miles long (Elm Hoist Road to Odanah)
Tyler Forks, Iron County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 7.6 miles long (Moore Park to Vogues Road)
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, 11 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 10.3 miles long (Beaverdam Lake to Highway 13)
Chippewa River - East Fork, Ashland County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 21.6 miles long (Glidden to FR164)
 Ski Areas Near Bad River:
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 17 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 39 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 45 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 47 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 62 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 65 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 72 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 , 18 miles away
Best Western The Hotel Chequamegon, Ashland , 20 miles away
Super 8 Ashland, Ashland , 21 miles away
Quality Inn Ashland, Ashland , 23 miles away
Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bad River:
Copper Falls State Park, Mellen, 0 miles away
Wildwood Haven Resort and Campground, Mellen, 6 miles away
Wren Falls, Upson, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Bad River:
Great Divide Snowmobile Trail, Ashland , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bad River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 26 miles away
Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 1 miles away
Big Bay State Park, Wisconsin , 22 miles away
Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bad River:
Mellen Country Club, High Bridge , 7 miles away

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