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Wisconsin whitewater, Root River

Racine county, Horlick Dam to Quarry Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     0.4 miles
Very fun stretch of river, if there is water.  The root is best paddled the day after a rainfall.  Check the reports, it is not worth your time if the water is below 250cfs.  That is the absolute minimum.  There are 2 fun waves to surf, 3 in very high water.  Bring playboats, this stretch of whitewater is only about 500 yards.  Both waves have pretty good washout, there is a small hole on the lower wave, but not bad. Says Andy

    section of Root River in Wisconsin is 0.4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Wisconsin is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind
that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. There are some good hotels near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. The wonderful Wisconsin scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves  
down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. This section is very short so better bring some good walking shoes. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Racine, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.

Briefly about the general area:
The fine folks of Racine like to hang out nearby. For the duration of the summertime months at Root River temperatures are generally in the 80's; all through summer nights temperatures are in the 60's.

Root River, Horlick Dam to Quarry Park 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 Root River.
 Whitewater Near Root River:
Root River, Racine County, 0 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.4 miles long (Horlick Dam to Quarry Park)
Pike River, Kenosha County, 6 miles away
      Class I(II) - 4.8 miles long (Petrifying Springs to Lathrop)
Milwaukee River, Milwaukee County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.4 miles long (Hampton Ave.Dam to North Ave.Dam)
Honey Creek, Milwaukee County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1.6 miles long (Honey Creek Parkway to Menomonee River)
Menomonee River, Milwaukee County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.8 miles long (Underwood Creek to 43rd and Monarch)
Menomonee River, Waukesha County, 30 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.4 miles long (Main Street bridge to next bridge)
Milwaukee River, Ozaukee County, 30 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.7 miles long (Bridge Street to Falls Road Ledge)
Cedar Creek, Ozaukee County, 30 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (Cedarburg City Park)
 Ski Areas Near Root River:
Wilmot mountain, Wisconsin , 28 miles away, 260 foot drop, 11 lifts, 25 runs
Grand Geneva, Wisconsin , 40 miles away, 211 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Alpine Valley, Wisconsin , 42 miles away, 388 foot drop, 14 lifts, 20 runs
Little Switzerland, Wisconsin , 43 miles away, 200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park, Illinois , 45 miles away, 180 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Villa Olivia, Illinois , 46 miles away, 180 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Sunburst, Wisconsin , 47 miles away, 225 foot drop, 9 lifts, 10 runs
Highlands of Olympia, Wisconsin , 49 miles away, 205 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Four Lakes, Illinois , 52 miles away, 100 foot drop, 7 lifts, 7 runs
Hidden Valley, Wisconsin , 77 miles away, 200 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
 Marinas Near Root River:
Azarian & Sons, Racine , 3 miles away
Pugh's Marina, Racine , 3 miles away
Gaslight Pointe Marina, Racine , 3 miles away
Southport Marina, Kenosha , 8 miles away
Prairie Harbor Yacht Club, Pleasant Prairie , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Root River:
Fairfield Inn Racine, Racine , 3 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites Racine, Racine , 3 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Racine Harbourwalk, Racine , 3 miles away
Comfort Inn Racine, Racine , 3 miles away
Delta Hotels Racine, Racine , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Root River:
Cliffside County Park, Racine, 4 miles away
Sanders County Park, Kenosha, 4 miles away
Jellystone Park Camp Resort, Caledonia, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Root River:
Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, Lockport - IL , 59 miles away
Bong State Recreation Area, Wisconsin , 22 miles away
Havenwoods State Forest, Wisconsin , 22 miles away
Chain O'Lakes State Park, Illinois , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Root River:
Meadowbrook Country Club, Racine , 0 miles away
Racine Country Club, Racine , 1 miles away
Washington Park Golf Course, Racine , 2 miles away

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