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Wisconsin whitewater, Pine River

Lincoln county, Center Rd section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     2.2 miles
  The natural beauty of Lincoln County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The Center Rd section of Pine River in Lincoln County is 2.2 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This is a bit of a short stretch so better bring some good
    walking shoes. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. No shortage of good hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Some people prefer whitewater
rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. The starting location is a short drive from Merrill, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.

Briefly about the general area:
Head up to Granite Peak and strap some skis to your feet, and you're sure to run into some fine folks from Merrill here. Council Grounds State Park is worth visiting if you're at Pine River, and
Pine Dells is an interesting site to stop by while at Pine River. At this river you will never have a bad time. A journey to Pine River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to nearby Rib Mountain State Park. The yearly rain here at Pine River is about average. Through the month of September you get the most rain around here, and the driest month of the year is February. Throughout the summer months here at Pine River, high temperatures ordinarily reach the 80's while overnight lows are typically in the 50's. Through the winter this place gets highs in the 20's, and after the sun is down throughout the winter temperatures at Pine River fall into the-10's.

Pine River, Center 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 Pine River.
 Whitewater Near Pine River:
Pine River, Lincoln County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.2 miles long (Center Rd)
Prairie River, Lincoln County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 3.9 miles long (Haymeadow Creek to Prairie Road)
Wisconsin River, Marathon County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.35 miles long (Wausau Slalom Course)
Trappe River, Marathon County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.1 miles long (to Rocky Ridge Road)
Wisconsin River, Lincoln County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 1 miles long (Grandfather Falls)
New Wood River, Lincoln County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.1 miles long (to Tesch Road)
Eau Claire River, Marathon County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 4.6 miles long (Eau Claire Dells to Badger Road)
Wisconsin River, Lincoln County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Camp 10 to Menard Isle)
Eau Claire River, Marathon County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Nolan Road to Highway 52)
Wisconsin River, Oneida County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.3 miles long (Rhinelander)
 Ski Areas Near Pine River:
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 12 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Nordic Mountain, Wisconsin , 58 miles away, 265 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 71 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 71 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 74 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 76 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 77 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 80 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 82 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 82 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
 Hotels Near Pine River:
Econo Lodge Merrill, Merrill , 3 miles away
AmericInn Merrill, Merrill , 4 miles away
Jefferson Street Inn, Wausau , 9 miles away
La Quinta Inn Wausau, Wausau , 10 miles away
Super 8 Wausau, Wausau , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pine River:
Council Grounds State Park, Merrill, 6 miles away
Underdown County Park, Irma, 9 miles away
Marathon County Park, Wausau, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pine River:
Council Grounds State Park, Wisconsin , 9 miles away
Rib Mountain State Park, Wisconsin , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pine River:
Merrill Public Golf Club, Merrill , 5 miles away
Trapp River Golf Course, Wausau , 10 miles away
Greenwood Hills, Wausau , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Pine River
Nelson Lake, Lincoln , 7 miles away
Lake Alice, Lincoln , 17 miles away
Half Moon Lake, Marathon , 17 miles away

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