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Wisconsin whitewater, Yellow River

Taylor county, Gilman to Mattes Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     8 miles
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The average Wisconsin whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. This section of Yellow River is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. The wonderful Taylor
    County scenery and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Gilman to Mattes Bridge section is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but
if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you're coming from Eau Claire it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. Some  
people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Yellow River is not far at all from Gilman. The annual rainfall here at Yellow River is about average. Most of the rain falls during August, and the driest of the months is February. For the duration of the days of summer here at Yellow River, high temperatures typically reach the 80's. Through the dark hours of summer temperatures dip down into the 50's.

Yellow River, Gilman to Mattes Bridge 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 Yellow River.
 Whitewater Near Yellow River:
Yellow River, Taylor County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Gilman to Mattes Bridge)
Eau Claire River, Eau Claire County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.9 miles long (Channey Rd)
Jump River - South Fork, Price County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2.7 miles long (Little Falls to Big Falls)
Black River, Clark County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.3 miles long (Highway 73 to Greenwood Park)
Flambeau River, Rusk County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 5.3 miles long (Hervas Landing to Beaver Dam Landing)
Black River, Clark County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Greenwood Park)
Chippewa River, Chippewa County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.5 miles long (Jim Falls)
Black River, Clark County, 29 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.6 miles long (to Neillsville)
 Ski Areas Near Yellow River:
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 40 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 70 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Mount La Crosse, Wisconsin , 72 miles away, 516 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 83 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 85 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 89 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 91 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Yellow River:
Lake Holcombe Marina, Holcombe , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Yellow River:
Fairbridge Inn And Suites Thor, Thorp , 10 miles away
AmeriVu Inn And Suites Stanley, Stanley , 11 miles away
Econo Lodge Stanley, Stanley , 11 miles away
Ladysmith Motel And Suites, Ladysmith , 22 miles away
AmericInn Ladysmith, Ladysmith , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yellow River:
Gilman City Camp Ground, Gilman, 4 miles away
Haley Park, Sheldon, 10 miles away
Chapman Park, Stanley, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Yellow River:
Hamilton Falls Snowmobile Trail, Eau Claire , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Yellow River:
Brunet Island State Park, Wisconsin , 20 miles away
Old Abe State Trail, Wisconsin , 20 miles away
Flambeau River State Forest, Wisconsin , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yellow River:
Entwood Golf Course, Holcombe , 18 miles away
Twin Oaks Golf Course, Holcombe , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Yellow River
Holcombe Flowage, Chippewa , 18 miles away

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