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Wisconsin whitewater, Bad River

Ashland county, Elm Hoist Road to Odanah section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     20.4 miles
Is the stretch from Elm Hoist Bridge to Odanah accessible for canoe? Where is the parking at the Elm Hoist Bridge? Says John Grenz

The average Wisconsin whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The starting point is not too far from Eau Claire, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road
    map further down the page. This stretch of Bad River is 20.4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II(III) section. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove
too. The campgrounds here at Bad River are pretty good. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The nature scenery of Wisconsin and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This river system  
is full of great paddling stretches, the Elm Hoist Road to Odanah stretch is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Odanah love to come to Bad River, and you without doubt ought to explore Big Bay State Park if you're here. A visit to Copper Falls State Park when you're here at Bad River is never a bad idea. Bad River is a good site of normal precipitation. August is the wettest month with most rain while February is mostly the driest month. Summertime highs at Bad River commonly tend to be in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures sink down into the 50's.

Bad River, Elm Hoist Road to Odanah 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, 3 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 20.4 miles long (Elm Hoist Road to Odanah)
Marengo River, Ashland County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.8 miles long (Government Road to Bad River)
Bad River, Ashland County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 18.8 miles long (Devil's Gate footbridge to Elm Hoist Road)
Tyler Forks, Ashland County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.8 miles long (Gehrman Creek to Brownstone Falls)
Bad River, Ashland County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.2 miles long (Highway 169 to Devil's Gate footbridge)
Brunsweiler River, Ashland County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 10.3 miles long (Beaverdam Lake to Highway 13)
Potato River, Iron/Ashland County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6.5 miles long (Highway 169 to Potato River Road)
Bad River, Ashland County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 7.1 miles long (Cayuga to Foster Junction railroad bridge)
Brunsweiler River, Ashland County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.5 miles long (Mineral Lake to Mineral Lake Rd)
White River, Ashland County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.8 miles long (Highway 112 to Highway 13)
 Ski Areas Near Bad River:
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 21 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 41 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 48 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 50 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 53 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 69 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 73 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Bad River:
Madeline Island Yacht Club, La Pointe , 13 miles away
Ashland Marina, Ashland , 13 miles away
Roy's Point Marina, Bayfield , 16 miles away
Pike's Bay Marina, Bayfield , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Bad River:
AmericInn Ashland, Ashland , 11 miles away
Best Western The Hotel Chequamegon, Ashland , 14 miles away
Super 8 Ashland, Ashland , 15 miles away
Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield , 15 miles away
Quality Inn Ashland, Ashland , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bad River:
Waverly Campground, Ashland County, 7 miles away
Copper Falls State Park, Mellen, 9 miles away
Potato River Falls, Saxon, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Bad River:
Great Divide Snowmobile Trail, Ashland , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bad River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 16 miles away
Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 9 miles away
Big Bay State Park, Wisconsin , 12 miles away
Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bad River:
Mellen Country Club, High Bridge , 9 miles away
Madeline Island Golf Club, La Pointe , 13 miles away
Chequamegon Bay Golf Club, Ashland , 16 miles away

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