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Marathon county, Wausau Slalom Course section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     0.35 miles
  The Wausau Slalom Course stretch of Wisconsin River in Wisconsin is 0.35 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. There's camping available near Wisconsin River. The wonderful Marathon County scenery
    and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The put-in location is a short drive from Wausau, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. No need to look hard for hotels, but do book a room before
you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
You can never get enough of the glorious skiing
at Granite Peak; Wisconsin River is a spot with many visitors from Wausau. Council Grounds State Park is a splendid location to check out on a wonderful day; do schedule some time to go to Asylum Point if you have a chance. This is such a fun river. Going to Rib Mountain State Park near Wisconsin River is a nice thing to do. The amount of rainfall that falls at Wisconsin River is close to the national average. September is the wettest month with most rain; the driest month is February. For the duration of the summer, highs typically are in the 80's at Wisconsin River. During the dark hours of summer temperatures drop down into the 50's.

Wisconsin River, Wausau Slalom Course 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, Marathon County, 0 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.35 miles long (Wausau Slalom Course)
Pine River, Lincoln County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.2 miles long (Center Rd)
Trappe River, Marathon County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.1 miles long (to Rocky Ridge Road)
Prairie River, Lincoln County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 3.9 miles long (Haymeadow Creek to Prairie Road)
Wisconsin River, Lincoln County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 1 miles long (Grandfather Falls)
Eau Claire River, Marathon County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 4.6 miles long (Eau Claire Dells to Badger Road)
New Wood River, Lincoln County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.1 miles long (to Tesch Road)
Eau Claire River, Marathon County, 26 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Nolan Road to Highway 52)
 Ski Areas Near Wisconsin River:
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 4 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Nordic Mountain, Wisconsin , 51 miles away, 265 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 68 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 72 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
Devils Head, Wisconsin , 75 miles away, 500 foot drop, 16 lifts, 28 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 79 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 80 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 82 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 83 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 88 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
 Hotels Near Wisconsin River:
Jefferson Street Inn, Wausau , 0 miles away
La Quinta Inn Wausau, Wausau , 2 miles away
Super 8 Wausau, Wausau , 2 miles away
Courtyard Wausau, Wausau , 2 miles away
Hampton Inn Wausau, Wausau , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wisconsin River:
Marathon County Park, Wausau, 1 miles away
Rib Mountain State Park, Wausau, 3 miles away
Brookside Village, Schofield, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wisconsin River:
Rib Mountain State Park, Wisconsin , 4 miles away
Council Grounds State Park, Wisconsin , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wisconsin River:
Trapp River Golf Course, Wausau , 2 miles away
Wausau Country Club, Schofield , 3 miles away
Greenwood Hills, Wausau , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Wisconsin River
Half Moon Lake, Marathon , 9 miles away
Lake Du Bay, Portage , 14 miles away
Nelson Lake, Lincoln , 16 miles away

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