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Wisconsin whitewater, Yellow River

Wood county, Little Bull Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6.4 miles
The only good times to paddle the yellow river is when there has been a lot of rain or early spring.  The river is very rocky and descends a lot so when the water is low you will be pushing your boat across lots of rocks.  It is a very fun river in high water but you have to get out when there is water or else you may not be able to go. Says Chris Nikolai

Some friends and I went Kayaking on the Yellow River on April 19th, 08 and were
    suprised at the stage of rapids that we paddled. The water is fast, deep and unforgiving. Be careful!!! Make sure you wear helmets, take tow ropes and be prepared to get wet!!! Says Tammy

The Little Bull Falls stretch
of Yellow River in Wisconsin is 6.4 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Wisconsin you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The starting location is a short drive from Wisconsin Rapids-Marshfield, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road  
map further down the page. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Little Bull Falls section is one of them. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. The natural beauty of Wood County and the water flowing gracefully down Yellow River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Yellow River, Little Bull 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 Yellow River.
 Whitewater Near Yellow River:
Yellow River, Wood County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.4 miles long (Little Bull Falls)
Black River - East Fork, Jackson/Clark County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 23.8 miles long (City Point to Black River Forest Campground)
Black Creek, Marathon County, 27 miles away
      Class I-II - 1.4 miles long (Athens City Park to Pioneer Road)
 Ski Areas Near Yellow River:
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 38 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 48 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Devils Head, Wisconsin , 64 miles away, 500 foot drop, 16 lifts, 28 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 66 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
Nordic Mountain, Wisconsin , 69 miles away, 265 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin , 76 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Mount La Crosse, Wisconsin , 81 miles away, 516 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 95 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 99 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 99 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
 Hotels Near Yellow River:
Hotel Marshfield, BW Premier Collection, Marshfield , 7 miles away
Park Motel, Marshfield , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn CONFERENCE CTR MARSHFIELD, Marshfield , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Marshfield, Marshfield , 9 miles away
Hillcrest Motel Marshfield, Marshfield , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yellow River:
North Wood County Park, Pittsville, 1 miles away
Richfield 360, Hewitt, 3 miles away
Dexter County Park, Pittsville, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Yellow River:
Buckhorn State Park, Wisconsin , 29 miles away
Mill Bluff State Park, Wisconsin , 29 miles away
Roche-A-Cri State Park, Wisconsin , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yellow River:
Marshfield Country Club, Marshfield , 9 miles away
Mystique Meadows, Stratford , 14 miles away
Homestead Golf Course, Wisconsin Rapids , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Yellow River
Sherwood Lake, Clark , 16 miles away

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