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Wisconsin whitewater, Black River

Jackson county, Hatfield Dam to Power Plant section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     3.2 miles
We ran this stretch on Friday evening and on Saturday morning.  If you choose to get out at the powerhouse it takes about a hour.  But we found that there is a good 18 inch ledge that is worth going the extra few miles to Halls Creek landing, which adds on about 45 minutes, so the trip is about 1:45 min.  There are a lot of nice class II drops and I would say there is a solid class III right before you get to the powerhouse.  If you're lucky,
    on the third Saturday of April, May, June, July, August , and September they will open the dam at Lake Arbutis, but only if the conditions are good (rainfall).  Depending on how much water they let through, there can be
some class IVs.  Very nice stretch with a lot of action. Says Sam S.

The put-in location is a short drive from La Crosse, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Black River in Wisconsin is 3.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III(IV) section. The nature scenery of Wisconsin and the cool fresh water beats anything. This is a pretty short section so
it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Wisconsin are easier than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding.

Black River, Hatfield Dam to Power Plant 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, Jackson County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3.2 miles long (Hatfield Dam to Power Plant)
Dickey Creek, Jackson County, 3 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (to Bottom Road)
Morrison Creek, Jackson County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.3 miles long (South Cemetery Road to Bottom Road landing)
Halls Creek, Jackson County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.7 miles long (Trow Lake Dam to Black River)
Robinson Creek, Jackson County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4.9 miles long (Kelly Road to W Pine Hill Road)
Black River, Clark County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Neillsville to Lake Arbutus)
Black River, Clark County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.6 miles long (to Neillsville)
Black River - East Fork, Jackson/Clark County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 23.8 miles long (City Point to Black River Forest Campground)
Black River, Clark County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Greenwood Park)
Eau Claire River, Eau Claire County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.9 miles long (Channey Rd)
 Ski Areas Near Black River:
Mount La Crosse, Wisconsin , 44 miles away, 516 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 70 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 72 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 78 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Devils Head, Wisconsin , 91 miles away, 500 foot drop, 16 lifts, 28 runs
Sundown Mountain, Iowa , 93 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 20 runs
Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin , 94 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 96 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
 Hotels Near Black River:
AmericInn Black River Falls, Black River Falls , 7 miles away
Best Western Arrowhead Lodge & Suites, Black River Falls , 7 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Black River Falls, Black River Falls , 7 miles away
Days Inn Black River Falls, Black River Falls , 8 miles away
Super 8 Neillsville WI, Neillsville , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
West Arbutus Campground, Merrillan, 1 miles away
Russell Park Campground, Merrillan, 2 miles away
East Arbutus Campground, Merrillan, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Black River:
Silver Mound Trail, Jackson , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Effigy Mounds National Monument, Harpers Ferry - IA , 65 miles away
Black River State Forest, Wisconsin , 10 miles away
Wildcat Mountain State Park, Wisconsin , 36 miles away
Mill Bluff State Park, Wisconsin , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
Skyline Golf Club, Black River Falls , 9 miles away
Circle Hill Driving Range & Golf Course, Humbird , 11 miles away
Neillsville Country Club, Neillsville , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
North Flowage, Monroe , 14 miles away

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