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Wisconsin whitewater, Prairie River

Lincoln county, Haymeadow Creek to Prairie Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     3.9 miles
  If you're coming from Merrill it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The scenic beauty of Wisconsin and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. The Haymeadow Creek to Prairie Road stretch of Prairie River is 3.9 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you
    donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The Haymeadow Creek to Prairie Road stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. This stretch is short so it's not like you're gonna spend
hours on the river in one stretch. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. The campgrounds  
here at Prairie River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Prairie River you will meet lots of folks from close by Merrill. Council Grounds State Park is a perfect spot to stretch your legs a bit. The annual rain here at Prairie River is about average. Most of the rain falls throughout September; February is the month with the least moisture. High temperatures at Prairie River during the months of summer are in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures sink down into the 50's. Throughout the winter highs are in the 10's with temperatures at Prairie River dipping down into the-10's during winter nights.

Prairie River, Haymeadow Creek to Prairie 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 Prairie River.
 Whitewater Near Prairie River:
Prairie River, Lincoln County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 3.9 miles long (Haymeadow Creek to Prairie Road)
Pine River, Lincoln County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.2 miles long (Center Rd)
Trappe River, Marathon County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.1 miles long (to Rocky Ridge Road)
Wisconsin River, Lincoln County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Camp 10 to Menard Isle)
Wisconsin River, Lincoln County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 1 miles long (Grandfather Falls)
Wisconsin River, Marathon County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.35 miles long (Wausau Slalom Course)
New Wood River, Lincoln County, 20 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, Oneida County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.3 miles long (Rhinelander)
Eau Claire River, Marathon County, 23 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Nolan Road to Highway 52)
 Ski Areas Near Prairie River:
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 18 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Nordic Mountain, Wisconsin , 62 miles away, 265 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 66 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 67 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 71 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 71 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 76 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 80 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 83 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 85 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
 Hotels Near Prairie River:
Econo Lodge Merrill, Merrill , 7 miles away
AmericInn Merrill, Merrill , 7 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Tomahawk , 14 miles away
Jefferson Street Inn, Wausau , 15 miles away
Super 8 Tomahawk, Tomahawk , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Prairie River:
Underdown County Park, Irma, 4 miles away
Otter Lake County Park, Gleason, 9 miles away
Council Grounds State Park, Merrill, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Prairie River:
Council Grounds State Park, Wisconsin , 12 miles away
Rib Mountain State Park, Wisconsin , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Prairie River:
Merrill Public Golf Club, Merrill , 8 miles away
Edgewater Country Club, Tomahawk , 15 miles away
Greenwood Hills Country Club, Wausau , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Prairie River
Nelson Lake, Lincoln , 4 miles away
Lake Alice, Lincoln , 13 miles away
Buck Lake, Oneida , 19 miles away

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