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Wisconsin whitewater, Eau Claire River

Douglas county, Johnson Road to State Camp Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     10.4 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Wisconsin you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The Johnson Road to State Camp Bridge stretch of Eau Claire River is 10.4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. The nature scenery of Douglas County and the water flowing gracefully
    down Eau Claire River make the trip here worthwhile. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make
it an overnighter, so pack your camping stuff. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The Johnson Road to State Camp Bridge section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance  
because these hotels fill up quick. The put-in is not too far from Menomonie, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to bump into some fine people from Solon Springs here; a spree to Brule River State Forest when you're here is never a bad idea. During the summer here at Eau Claire River, high temperatures generally get into the 80's, and through summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. Highs all through the wintertime are mostly in the 20's, and nighttime lows in the-10's for Eau Claire River.

Eau Claire River, Johnson Road to State Camp Bridge 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 Eau Claire River.
 Whitewater Near Eau Claire River:
Eau Claire River, Douglas County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.4 miles long (Johnson Road to State Camp Bridge)
Totogatic River, Washburn County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.9 miles long (Totogatic Flowage to Colton Flowage)
Bois Brule River, Douglas County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.9 miles long (to Highway 2)
Namekagon River, Sawyer/Washburn County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.4 miles long (Hayward River Campground to Springbrook Landing)
St. Croix River, Douglas/Burnett County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.8 miles long (Gordon Dam to St. Croix Tr.)
Bois Brule River, Douglas County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 8.3 miles long (Copper Range Campground to Highway 13)
Amnicon River, Douglas County, 23 miles away
      Class II-IV+ - 5.7 miles long (Anderson Hill Road to Cty U)
 Ski Areas Near Eau Claire River:
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 40 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 44 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 77 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 78 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 79 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 89 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 95 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
 Hotels Near Eau Claire River:
AmericInn Hayward, Hayward , 17 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Hayward , 17 miles away
Northern Pine Inn, Hayward , 17 miles away
Flat Creek Inn And Suites, Hayward , 17 miles away
Comfort Suites Hayward, Hayward , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Eau Claire River:
Swansons Motel and Campground, Solon Springs, 6 miles away
Mooney Dam County Park, Brule, 7 miles away
Clearwater Resort and RV Campground, Gordon, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Eau Claire River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 65 miles away
Brule River State Forest, Wisconsin , 10 miles away
Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 24 miles away
Pattison State Park, Wisconsin , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Eau Claire River:
Hidden Greens North Golf, Solon Springs , 6 miles away
Forest Point Resort & Golf Course, Gordon , 8 miles away
Fire Hill Golf Club, Gordon , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Eau Claire River
Red Lake, Douglas , 7 miles away

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