Canoeing & Kayaking

Rusk County is home to four of the finest waterways in the Northwoods—the Jump, Chippewa, Flambeau and Thornapple rivers.

  • Jump River A truly pristine Northwoods river ecosystem. Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the Jump River, one of the wildest rivers in the Midwest.
  • Chippewa River A true working river. A fantastic fishery, a source of electricity and one of the most important rivers in Wisconsin’s lumber boom of the 1800s.
  • Flambeau River The great Northwoods highway. Native Americans, French fur traders, loggers and rivermen all paddled this waterway—and yet, after many centuries, the scenery remains virtually unchanged. Order your free, full-color paddling guide.
  • Thornapple River The best paddling secret in the Midwest. The little-known Thornapple flows through miles of wild lands, teeming with wildlife.

Get the FREE Rusk County Rivers Map! Call 1-800-535-RUSK or visit Find more area paddling info at and

Find out about Rusk County canoe rentals, shuttles services and guides. Click here to download the Rusk County Rivers Map (PDF)

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