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Wisconsin whitewater, Black River

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


CLASS I-III     12.5 miles
  The Neillsville to Lake Arbutus stretch of Black River is 12.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-III section of whitewater. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The scenic beauty of Wisconsin and the water flowing gracefully down Black River make the trip here
    worthwhile. There are some good hotels near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you're coming from Wisconsin Rapids-Marshfield it's not a long drive at all to the starting
location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. This  
is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Black River State Forest is a delightful place, and the Silver Mound Trail offers hiking at its best. Black River is not far at all from Neillsville. A common amount of precipitation falls here at Black River. August is the wettest month with most rain while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Black River. When the night sets in temperatures plunge down into the 50's. High temperatures through the winter are normally in the 20's with winter lows in the 0's overnight here at Black River.

Black River, Neillsville to Lake Arbutus 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, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Neillsville to Lake Arbutus)
Black River, Clark County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.6 miles long (to Neillsville)
Morrison Creek, Jackson County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.3 miles long (South Cemetery Road to Bottom Road landing)
Black River, Jackson County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3.2 miles long (Hatfield Dam to Power Plant)
Dickey Creek, Jackson County, 11 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (to Bottom Road)
Halls Creek, Jackson County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.7 miles long (Trow Lake Dam to Black River)
Black River, Clark County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Greenwood Park)
Black River - East Fork, Jackson/Clark County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 23.8 miles long (City Point to Black River Forest Campground)
Black River, Clark County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.3 miles long (Highway 73 to Greenwood Park)
Robinson Creek, Jackson County, 19 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 , 53 miles away, 516 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 69 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 70 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 71 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Devils Head, Wisconsin , 88 miles away, 500 foot drop, 16 lifts, 28 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 92 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin , 93 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 95 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Sundown Mountain, Iowa , 99 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Black River:
Super 8 Neillsville WI, Neillsville , 4 miles away
AmericInn Black River Falls, Black River Falls , 16 miles away
Best Western Arrowhead Lodge & Suites, Black River Falls , 16 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Black River Falls, Black River Falls , 16 miles away
Days Inn Black River Falls, Black River Falls , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
East Fork - East Lynn Lake, -blank-, 5 miles away
Black River State Forest - East Fork Camp Ground, Neillsville, 5 miles away
Snyder Lake County Park, Neillsville, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Black River:
Silver Mound Trail, Jackson , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Black River State Forest, Wisconsin , 11 miles away
Mill Bluff State Park, Wisconsin , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
Neillsville Country Club, Neillsville , 4 miles away
Circle Hill Driving Range & Golf Course, Humbird , 15 miles away
Skyline Golf Club, Black River Falls , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
North Flowage, Monroe , 19 miles away
Sherwood Lake, Clark , 19 miles away

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