Marinette County offers exciting whitewater rafting adventures on the incredible Peshtigo River, just thirty minutes northwest of Crivitz. People of all ages, from countries around the world have discovered the thrill, excitement and natural beauty that the Peshtigo River has to offer.
The Peshtigo is a river of many faces, appealing to almost anyone's ability level. The roaring rapids section of the river, well known for over 100 years, provides outstanding whitewater action, and one of the longest continuous stretches of whitewater rapids in the region. In the late 1800's, loggers used the river's forceful spring flows to float their huge pine logs to mills down river.
Whitewater rafting season officially opens in the early spring, with Class III-IV wild water beckoning adventurous souls. In spring and early summer, melt water and rainstorms swell the river's flow enough to thrill even the hardcore adrenaline seekers. Flows ranging from 300 to 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and beyond can turn the Class II Rapids into Class III-IV wild water in minutes.
If you prefer a milder ride, late spring and summer is the season when more moderate flows make the river just right for first time rafters, families and scout groups. There are still plenty of fun rapids, just a milder ride.
Also nearby is the Menominee River, a large volume river, with rapids and hydraulics similar to the great western rivers. Local rafting companies offer trips down both the Peshtigo and the Menominee Rivers.
Whitewater Rafting companies in Marinette County are dedicated to offering solid instruction, and the latest in safety equipment. A variety of options are available including half-day trips, camping and other amenities.
Kayaking or canoeing in the Peshtigo River Trail on the lower Peshtigo River is a great way to spend a day enjoying nature. Passing hemlock stands, hardwood floodplains and marshes, you have the opportunity to view wildlife and stop at historical points along the way. You can pick up a water trail map brochure at the Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce, 601 Marinette Ave., Marinette, WI 54143.
Home to Caldron Falls, High Falls and Johnson Falls Flowages, the Peshtigo River State Forest has forested uplands and granite rock outcroppings that surround the waters. The forest also includes a small section of river near Peshtigo and a reservoir called Potato Rapids. Offering 3200-acres of scenic boating opportunities with access to the islands and backwaters of the Peshtigo River Flowages, there are 16 boat landings open for several types of boating. Great for all ages, you will learn basic boat handling skills and be able to explore the natural shoreline and tranquil inlets, viewing wildlife and scenic beauty along the way. Canoe camping can be found on Johnson Falls Flowage and the free flowing Peshtigo River. There are 10 designated canoe campsites. Three sites are located on Johnson Falls where canoeists can launch at Boat Landing #14. Seven sites are located on the Peshtigo River between Johnson Falls Dam and Spring Rapids. Various launches are located downstream from the dam. Yellow signs visible from the water designate where the sites are located. Sites are accessible by watercraft only and offer a tent pad and fire ring. A privy is nearby. There is no potable water available at the sites.
The Park includes two inland lakes (both non-motorized) and is located on Caldron Falls Flowage. The park is in the development process and construction is ongoing. Woods Lake now has a picnic area, rest rooms and a shelter pavilion. The South Bay Boat Landing (#13) includes a new parking area, two concrete boat ramps, boarding dock, rest rooms and a fishing pier.
If lazy river tubing is your style, the Peshtigo River Campground (south of Crivitz) offers canoe and tube rentals. Delivering you to the drop location, you can spend your day floating at your own pace along a gentler portion of the mighty Peshtigo River.
For the more daring kayak enthusiast, the upper Peshtigo River offers exciting white water adventures. In the spring and early summer, melting snow and rainstorms swell the river's flow enough to thrill even the most hard core adrenaline seekers. Reaching class IV and V, the upper Peshtigo River will challenge even the most experienced kayaker.
East of the Peshtigo River State Forest are the Johnson and Sandstone Flowages. This area has swift currents but isn't as challenging as the "Roaring Rapids" section of the Peshtigo River.
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