My husband and I took a Sunday afternoon paddle down this section of the Pine River, recommended by a friend. He said the family goes inner-tubing down it in the summer, taking about 3 hours... but it only took us 1 1/2 hours in our kayaks.
The water level was good, with a steady, gentle current. The Pine River is part of the Wisconsin Wild Rivers, and is stunning with peaceful, untouched woods and wilderness on both sides. We saw a ferret(or something like it??), and a bald eagle.
There are parts of the Pine River where rapids and more rocks are encountered, but this stretch had just a few boulders, and a couple places where the water was more "riffly". Very nice for beginners and people like me who want NO white water!!
A few trees down, but the river is quite wide, and easy to just keep going through. It was a beautiful, relaxing trip where you could paddle or just let the river take you, and enjoy the view!
No outhouse or anything.
In Florence County, go north on Hwy. 101, east on "C", north on "N" until you find a boat landing where the road crosses over the Pine River. Put in there.
The take out is actually only a 1/4 mile down the road on the right side of "N", so we could do it with only one car, and walk back! There is a sign that says "Oxbow Take-out". Also, when you are on the river, there is a bright orange little arrow, and a brown sign with yellow paddles on it that tell you where the take out is. Very nice! You'll have to carry your boat up a small hill when taking out.
The man who recommended it gave us a Florence County recreation map. It was excellent!
- Trip Duration: Day Trip
- Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)