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Wisconsin whitewater, Oconto River - North Branch

Oconto county, Tar Dam Rd section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     7 miles
  The Tar Dam Rd section of Oconto River - North Branch in Oconto County is 7 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Wisconsin and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you
    can camp. The average Wisconsin whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners.
There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Tar Dam Rd section is one of them. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Green Bay, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the
general area:
Don't leave Oconto River - North Branch without first paying a visit to Bagley Rapids. Going for a hike along the Popple Ridge Snowmobile Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. During your visit to Oconto River - North Branch you'll meet some folks from Mountain for sure, and Loon Rapids is an inspiring place to go to while here. This river is a great place to visit. Summertime highs at Oconto River - North Branch regularly tend to be in the 70's. Once the sun is down it dips down to the 50's. Daytime highs through the wintertime are in the 20's with winter lows in the 0's overnight here at Oconto River - North Branch.

Oconto River - North Branch, Tar Dam Rd 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 Oconto River - North Branch.
 Whitewater Near Oconto River - North Branch:
Oconto River - North Branch, Oconto County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.1 miles long (Bagley Rapids Campground to Kingston Rd)
Oconto River - North Branch, Oconto County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Tar Dam Rd)
Wolf River, Menominee County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5.7 miles long (Otter Slide to Big Smokey Falls)
Whitewater Outfitter - River Forest Campgrounds, Langlade County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Peshtigo River, Marinette County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 5.1 miles long (Otter Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Big Smokey Falls Rafting, Menominee County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rat River, Marinette County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3.3 miles long (Partridge Lane to Harper Road)
Wolf River, Menominee County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 9.5 miles long (Five Islands to Keshena Falls)
Wolf River, Langlade/Menominee County, 14 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5.9 miles long (Gilmore's Mistake to Otter Slide)
Whitewater Outfitter - River Forest Rafts, Langlade County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Oconto River - North Branch:
Ski Brule, Michigan , 44 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Norway Mountain, Michigan , 50 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Hidden Valley, Wisconsin , 67 miles away, 200 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Nordic Mountain, Wisconsin , 72 miles away, 265 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Sunburst, Wisconsin , 85 miles away, 225 foot drop, 9 lifts, 10 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 85 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Little Switzerland, Wisconsin , 91 miles away, 200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Marquette, Michigan , 97 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
 Hotels Near Oconto River - North Branch:
Shawano Four Seasons Resort, Shawano , 21 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Shawano, Shawano , 21 miles away
Super 8 Shawano, Shawano , 22 miles away
Boarders Inn And Suites Of Shawano WI, Shawano , 24 miles away
Cobblestone Hotel And Suites Pulaski WI, Pulaski , 31 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Oconto River - North Branch:
Bagley Rapids Campground, Oconto County, 2 miles away
Oconto County Park Campground, Oconto County, 3 miles away
Fischer - Chute Pond Memorial County Park, Mountain, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Oconto River - North Branch:
Popple Ridge Snowmobile Trail, Langlade , 13 miles away
Popple Ridge Snowmobile Trail, Langlade , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Oconto River - North Branch:
McCauslin Brook Golf & Country Club, Lakewood , 5 miles away
Black Bear Trail Golf Club, Suring , 12 miles away
Golden Sands Golf Community, Cecil , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Oconto River - North Branch
Chute Pond, Oconto , 4 miles away
Little Bear Lake, Oconto , 7 miles away
Boulder Lake, Oconto , 12 miles away

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