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Wisconsin whitewater, Milwaukee River

Milwaukee county, Hampton Ave.Dam to North Ave.Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     3.4 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. This section of Milwaukee River in Milwaukee County is 3.4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. The campgrounds here at Milwaukee River are pretty good. Since you're on this
    site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Hampton Ave.Dam to North Ave.Dam section is
one of them. Lodging is available near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. This is a short paddling stretch so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. The beautiful scenery of Wisconsin and the water flowing gracefully down Milwaukee River have people coming here.

about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Milwaukee here; Havenwoods State Forest is a glorious place to explore on a wonderful day. A common amount of precipitation falls here at Milwaukee River. Of all the months in a year August is the one with the most rain, and the driest of the months is February. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Milwaukee River. Once the sun is down it falls down to the 60's. Daytime highs during the wintertime are in the 20's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Milwaukee River.

Milwaukee River, Hampton Ave.Dam to North Ave.Dam 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 Milwaukee River.
 Whitewater Near Milwaukee River:
Milwaukee River, Milwaukee County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.4 miles long (Hampton Ave.Dam to North Ave.Dam)
Honey Creek, Milwaukee County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1.6 miles long (Honey Creek Parkway to Menomonee River)
Menomonee River, Milwaukee County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.8 miles long (Underwood Creek to 43rd and Monarch)
Milwaukee River, Ozaukee County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.7 miles long (Bridge Street to Falls Road Ledge)
Cedar Creek, Ozaukee County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (Cedarburg City Park)
Menomonee River, Waukesha County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.4 miles long (Main Street bridge to next bridge)
Sauk Creek, Ozaukee County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Grant Street to South Milwaukee Street)
Root River, Racine County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.4 miles long (Horlick Dam to Quarry Park)
Pike River, Kenosha County, 22 miles away
      Class I(II) - 4.8 miles long (Petrifying Springs to Lathrop)
Pewaukee River, Waukesha County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 1.6 miles long (Pewaukee to Waukesha)
 Ski Areas Near Milwaukee River:
Little Switzerland, Wisconsin , 29 miles away, 200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Sunburst, Wisconsin , 31 miles away, 225 foot drop, 9 lifts, 10 runs
Wilmot mountain, Wisconsin , 35 miles away, 260 foot drop, 11 lifts, 25 runs
Highlands of Olympia, Wisconsin , 40 miles away, 205 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Alpine Valley, Wisconsin , 40 miles away, 388 foot drop, 14 lifts, 20 runs
Grand Geneva, Wisconsin , 41 miles away, 211 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park, Illinois , 54 miles away, 180 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Villa Olivia, Illinois , 58 miles away, 180 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Hidden Valley, Wisconsin , 61 miles away, 200 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Four Lakes, Illinois , 67 miles away, 100 foot drop, 7 lifts, 7 runs
 Marinas Near Milwaukee River:
Pugh's Marina, Racine , 19 miles away
Azarian & Sons, Racine , 19 miles away
Gaslight Pointe Marina, Racine , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Milwaukee River:
Holiday Inn MILWAUKEE RIVERFRONT, Milwaukee , 2 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Milwaukee, Milwaukee , 2 miles away
The Astor Hotel, Milwaukee , 2 miles away
The Plaza Hotel, Milwaukee , 2 miles away
La Quinta Inn Milwaukee Glendale Hampton Ave, Glendale , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Milwaukee River:
Wisconsin Vacation Svc, Milwaukee, 6 miles away
Oak Creek Estates, Milwaukee, 8 miles away
Wisconsin State Fair Park, Milwaukee, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Milwaukee River:
Havenwoods State Forest, Wisconsin , 6 miles away
Harrington Beach State Park, Wisconsin , 22 miles away
Bong State Recreation Area, Wisconsin , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Milwaukee River:
Lincoln Park Golf Course, Milwaukee , 2 miles away
Lake Park Golf Course, Milwaukee , 2 miles away
Milwaukee Country Club, River Hills , 5 miles away

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