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Wisconsin whitewater, Black River

Clark county, to Neillsville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     7.6 miles
When I do this run I put in at Christie, on a little canoe landing on the side of the highway and take out at the mill in Neillsville.  This stretch is great for beginners when the water is low, which is most of the year.  If you don't want to be dragging over gravel I would suggest going the day after a good rainfall.  But if you don't go right away, the water will probably be low. Says Sam S.

The natural beauty of Wisconsin and the
    playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting point is not too far from Wisconsin Rapids-Marshfield, as you can see on the road map further down. The to Neillsville stretch of Black River
in Clark County is 7.6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. The campgrounds here at Black River are pretty good. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll  
find lots of paddling spots. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
At Black River you always meet someone from Neillsville. During the summer months at Black River highs are mostly in the 80's. Summer overnight lows fall down to the 50's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Black River are in the 0's.

Black River, to Neillsville 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 Black River.
 Whitewater Near Black River:
Black River, Clark County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.6 miles long (to Neillsville)
Black River, Clark County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Neillsville to Lake Arbutus)
Black River, Clark County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Greenwood Park)
Black River, Clark County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.3 miles long (Highway 73 to Greenwood Park)
Black River, Jackson County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3.2 miles long (Hatfield Dam to Power Plant)
Morrison Creek, Jackson County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.3 miles long (South Cemetery Road to Bottom Road landing)
Dickey Creek, Jackson County, 16 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (to Bottom Road)
Black River - East Fork, Jackson/Clark County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 23.8 miles long (City Point to Black River Forest Campground)
Halls Creek, Jackson County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.7 miles long (Trow Lake Dam to Black River)
Robinson Creek, Jackson County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4.9 miles long (Kelly Road to W Pine Hill Road)
 Ski Areas Near Black River:
Mount La Crosse, Wisconsin , 58 miles away, 516 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 66 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 69 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 72 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 90 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Devils Head, Wisconsin , 90 miles away, 500 foot drop, 16 lifts, 28 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 93 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin , 96 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
 Hotels Near Black River:
Super 8 Neillsville WI, Neillsville , 4 miles away
AmericInn Black River Falls, Black River Falls , 21 miles away
Best Western Arrowhead Lodge & Suites, Black River Falls , 21 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Black River Falls, Black River Falls , 21 miles away
Fairbridge Inn And Suites Thor, Thorp , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
Snyder Lake County Park, Neillsville, 8 miles away
Greenwood County Park, Greenwood, 8 miles away
Norm and Ann's Campground, Neillsville, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Black River:
Silver Mound Trail, Jackson , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Black River State Forest, Wisconsin , 16 miles away
Mill Bluff State Park, Wisconsin , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
Neillsville Country Club, Neillsville , 3 miles away
Circle Hill Driving Range & Golf Course, Humbird , 16 miles away
Meadowview Golf Course, Owen , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
Sherwood Lake, Clark , 19 miles away

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