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Wisconsin whitewater, New Wood River

Lincoln county, to Tesch Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     4.1 miles
The rope on the New Wood River is for keeping cows in the pasture. Says Dave

2014 there is one section of the river where there is barb wire running across the entire river. There was a white rag tied to the wire in the middle of the river.  Water was moving quite fast and unable to see the actual wire until just about to it. Was able to push up and go underneath the wire.  Stay to the Left as much as possible.  Wish I had more of
    a description as to where in the river this section is.  It is at least halfway through/more towards the end.  This was a spectacular run with that one little exception. Hope to get out there this year and will try to document
more of where this section is.

The starting location is a short drive from Merrill, as you can see on the road map further down. The to Tesch Road section of New Wood River in Wisconsin is 4.1 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Wisconsin are often easier than in other states, so don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding.
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. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. There's camping available near New Wood River. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the to Tesch Road section is one of them. The wonderful Wisconsin scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

New Wood River, to Tesch 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 New Wood River.
 Whitewater Near New Wood River:
New Wood River, Lincoln County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.1 miles long (to Tesch Road)
Wisconsin River, Lincoln County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 1 miles long (Grandfather Falls)
Big Rib River, Taylor/Lincoln County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 2.45 miles long (Highway 64 to Greiner Road)
Pine River, Lincoln County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.2 miles long (Center Rd)
Prairie River, Lincoln County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 3.9 miles long (Haymeadow Creek to Prairie Road)
Wisconsin River, Marathon County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.35 miles long (Wausau Slalom Course)
Black Creek, Marathon County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 1.4 miles long (Athens City Park to Pioneer Road)
Trappe River, Marathon County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.1 miles long (to Rocky Ridge Road)
Wisconsin River, Lincoln County, 27 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Camp 10 to Menard Isle)
 Ski Areas Near New Wood River:
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 19 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 61 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 62 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 64 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 68 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Nordic Mountain, Wisconsin , 71 miles away, 265 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 77 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 80 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 87 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 88 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
 Hotels Near New Wood River:
AmericInn Merrill, Merrill , 13 miles away
Econo Lodge Merrill, Merrill , 13 miles away
Super 8 Tomahawk, Tomahawk , 13 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Tomahawk , 14 miles away
Hampton Inn Wausau, Wausau , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near New Wood River:
Camp New Wood County Park, Merrill, 3 miles away
Council Grounds State Park, Merrill, 10 miles away
Sara Park, Tomahawk, 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near New Wood River:
Council Grounds State Park, Wisconsin , 7 miles away
Rib Mountain State Park, Wisconsin , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near New Wood River:
Merrill Public Golf Club, Merrill , 11 miles away
Pine Valley Golf Course, Marathon , 15 miles away
Trapp River Golf Course, Wausau , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near New Wood River
Nelson Lake, Lincoln , 14 miles away
Lake Alice, Lincoln , 15 miles away

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