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Wisconsin whitewater, Black Creek

Marathon county, Athens City Park to Pioneer Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     1.4 miles
  The wonderful Marathon County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. This stretch of Black Creek in Marathon County is 1.4 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming
    back for more. This is a very short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Wisconsin are often more forgiving than in other
states, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from  
Wausau, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Athens love to come to Black Creek. Black Creek gets a normal amount of annual precipitation. Of all the months in a year September is the one with the most rain, and February is when it's the driest. For the period of the days of summer highs here at Black Creek get into the 70's. Once the sun is down it plunges down to the 50's. Highs throughout the wintertime are typically in the 10's, and through the dark hours in the winter at Black Creek temperatures fall to the-10's.

Black Creek, Athens City Park to Pioneer Road 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 Creek.
 Whitewater Near Black Creek:
Black Creek, Marathon County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 1.4 miles long (Athens City Park to Pioneer Road)
Big Rib River, Taylor/Lincoln County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 2.45 miles long (Highway 64 to Greiner Road)
New Wood River, Lincoln County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.1 miles long (to Tesch Road)
Wisconsin River, Lincoln County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 1 miles long (Grandfather Falls)
Yellow River, Wood County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.4 miles long (Little Bull Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Black Creek:
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 28 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 71 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 71 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 72 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 72 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 72 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Nordic Mountain, Wisconsin , 76 miles away, 265 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 84 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
Devils Head, Wisconsin , 85 miles away, 500 foot drop, 16 lifts, 28 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 92 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Black Creek:
Rodeway Inn Abbotsford, Abbotsford , 17 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Marshfield, Marshfield , 18 miles away
Woodfield Inn And Suites, Marshfield , 18 miles away
Quality Inn Marshfield, Marshfield , 18 miles away
Boarders Inn And Suites Of Medford WI, Medford , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black Creek:
Athens Memorial Park, Athens, 0 miles away
Taylor Co Forest - Camp 8, Rib Lake, 14 miles away
Monster Hall Campground, Unity, 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black Creek:
Council Grounds State Park, Wisconsin , 24 miles away
Rib Mountain State Park, Wisconsin , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black Creek:
Mystique Meadows, Stratford , 15 miles away
Tee-Hi Golf Course, Medford , 19 miles away
Pine Valley Golf Course, Marathon , 19 miles away

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