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Wisconsin whitewater, Namekagon River

Sawyer Washburn county, Hayward River Campground to Springbrook Landing section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     15.4 miles
This river has nearly 70 miles of river that can be paddled. It goes all the way from the Hayward landing to the Riverside landing after it joins the St Croix River. This river could easily be made into a 3-4 night paddle. It has quite a few canoe campsites and also access to freshwater at several landings. Please see the following links for more information. www.logcabin-resort.com/haytrgo2.pdf AND www.logcabin-resort.com/trgorvr2.pdf Says

If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. This stretch
of Namekagon River in Sawyer/Washburn County is 15.4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. The scenic beauty of Sawyer/Washburn County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The put-in is not too far from Eau Claire, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camping stuff.  
Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other rivers for that. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. The Hayward River Campground to Springbrook Landing section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Namekagon River you will meet lots of folks from close by Springbrook. The warmest time of the year at Namekagon River arrives with high temperatures in the 80's.

Namekagon River, Hayward River Campground to Springbrook Landing 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 Namekagon River.
 Whitewater Near Namekagon River:
Namekagon River, Sawyer/Washburn County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.4 miles long (Hayward River Campground to Springbrook Landing)
Totogatic River, Washburn County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.9 miles long (Totogatic Flowage to Colton Flowage)
Eau Claire River, Douglas County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.4 miles long (Johnson Road to State Camp Bridge)
Bois Brule River, Douglas County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.9 miles long (to Highway 2)
St. Croix River, Douglas/Burnett County, 27 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.8 miles long (Gordon Dam to St. Croix Tr.)
 Ski Areas Near Namekagon River:
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 27 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Spirit Mountain, Minnesota , 56 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 77 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 , 85 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Giants Ridge, Minnesota , 91 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Afton Alps, Minnesota , 99 miles away, 350 foot drop, 18 lifts, 41 runs
 Marinas Near Namekagon River:
Round Lake Marina, Hayward , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Namekagon River:
Northern Pine Inn, Hayward , 6 miles away
AmericInn Hayward, Hayward , 6 miles away
Flat Creek Inn And Suites, Hayward , 6 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Hayward , 7 miles away
Comfort Suites Hayward, Hayward , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Namekagon River:
Dugan Run Horse North Trailhead, Stone Lake, 7 miles away
Nelson Lake Lodge, Hayward, 8 miles away
Sunrise Bay Campground, Hayward, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Namekagon River:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield - WI , 66 miles away
Brule River State Forest, Wisconsin , 23 miles away
Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Namekagon River:
Roynona Creek Golf Course, Hayward , 8 miles away
Hayward National Golf Club, Hayward , 9 miles away
Butternut Hills Golf Course & Golf Learning Center, Sarona , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Namekagon River
Bodins Lake, Washburn , 12 miles away
Grindstone Lake, Sawyer , 12 miles away
Lac Courte Oreilles, Sawyer , 12 miles away

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