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Wisconsin whitewater, Wisconsin River

Lincoln county, Grandfather Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+(IV)     1 miles
  If you're coming from Merrill it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Wisconsin River is 1 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III+(IV) section. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Great exercise and spending some quality time
    in nature will have you coming back for more. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere,
so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The nature scenery of Wisconsin and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This is an extremely short section so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch.

Briefly about the general area:
At Wisconsin River you always meet
someone from Irma. A perfect site like Council Grounds State Park near Wisconsin River is too good to leave out It's always tremendous to stop by Posey Rapids. A river like this is too good to miss. Don't leave Wisconsin River without first paying a visit to Grandfather Falls. At Wisconsin River throughout the summer highs are in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures fall down into the 50's. For the period of the wintertime highs are generally in the 10's while Wisconsin River night low temperatures through the winter are in the-10's. An average amount of rain falls at Wisconsin River.

Wisconsin River, Grandfather Falls 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 Wisconsin River.
 Whitewater Near Wisconsin River:
Wisconsin River, Lincoln County, 0 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 1 miles long (Grandfather Falls)
New Wood River, Lincoln County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.1 miles long (to Tesch Road)
Pine River, Lincoln County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.2 miles long (Center Rd)
Prairie River, Lincoln County, 17 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)
Big Rib River, Taylor/Lincoln County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 2.45 miles long (Highway 64 to Greiner Road)
Wisconsin River, Lincoln County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Camp 10 to Menard Isle)
Trappe River, Marathon County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.1 miles long (to Rocky Ridge Road)
Black Creek, Marathon County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 1.4 miles long (Athens City Park to Pioneer Road)
 Ski Areas Near Wisconsin River:
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 20 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 59 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 60 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 62 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 , 74 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 83 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 83 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 90 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
 Hotels Near Wisconsin River:
Super 8 Tomahawk, Tomahawk , 10 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Tomahawk , 10 miles away
AmericInn Merrill, Merrill , 11 miles away
Econo Lodge Merrill, Merrill , 11 miles away
Super 8 Wausau, Wausau , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wisconsin River:
Camp New Wood County Park, Merrill, 1 miles away
Sara Park, Tomahawk, 9 miles away
Council Grounds State Park, Merrill, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wisconsin River:
Council Grounds State Park, Wisconsin , 7 miles away
Rib Mountain State Park, Wisconsin , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wisconsin River:
Edgewater Country Club, Tomahawk , 9 miles away
Merrill Public Golf Club, Merrill , 10 miles away
Inshalla Country Club, Tomahawk , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Wisconsin River
Nelson Lake, Lincoln , 11 miles away
Lake Alice, Lincoln , 11 miles away

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