Paddling the Tomahawk River

The Tomahawk River is the classic Wisconsin Northwoods river, teeming with wildlife and featuring a great mix of hard and soft banks. Quiet and gentle, the Tomahawk River winds its way from the Minocqua Chain of Lakes to the Willow Flowage. The routes you see below were used by Native Americans, French explorers and now, paddlers of all ages.

Suggested trips on the Tomahawk River:

  • Lake Kawaguesaga Dam to Hwy 70 West (3-6 hours): Launch on Dam Road next to dam. The take-out is downstream of the bridge on Hwy 70 West.
  • Hwy 70 West to Blue Lake Road (3-4 hours): Some small rapids.
  • Blue Lake Road to Camp Nine (2-3 hours): This section has some downfallen trees but is still considered runnable.
  • Camp Nine Road to Cedar Falls Road (4-5 hours): Take out before the Smith Rapids! There is a portage around the rapids to Willow Flowage.
  • Willow Flowage Dam to Hwy K (4-6 hours): Halfbreed Rapids is a Class II Rapids—be sure to scout before entering!
  • Hwy K to Lake Nokomis boat landing (3-4 hours): Prairie Rapids offers great scenery and is a Class II Rapids—be sure to scout before entering!
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