Paddle the Tomahawk River

For a river trip that will take you back in time, consider dipping your paddle in the Tomahawk River. This river in Oneida County is a major tributary of the Wisconsin River. It was an important river route for Native Americans and early European fur traders. Today the river offers routes perfect for paddlers of all ages and abilities. The river does have rapids in some areas, so be prepared to portage.

Here are six paddling possibilities for exploring the Tomahawk River:

  • Lake Kawaguesaga Dam to Hwy 70 West Launch on Dam Road next to dam. The take-out is downstream of bridge on Hwy 70 West. The trip takes from 3-6 hours.
  • Hwy 70 West to Blue Lake Road. This route features some small rapids and takes 3-4 hours.
  • Blue Lake Road to Camp Nine. This section has some fallen trees, but is still passable. It takes 2-3 hours.
  • Camp Nine Road to Cedar Falls Road: Be sure to take out before the Smith Rapids! There is a portage around the rapids to Willow Flowage. It takes 4-5 hours.
  • Willow Flowage Dam to Hwy K. Halfbreed Rapids is a class II rapids. Be sure to scout before entering! It takes 4-6 hours.
  • Hwy K to Lake Nokomis boat landing. Prairie Rapids offers great scenery and is a class II rapids – be sure to scout before entering! It takes 3-4 hours.

Enjoy paddling the Tomahawk this season!