North Fork, Highway W to Hervas Camp Landing - 15 miles, 8 hours
A good mix of challenging whitewater and peaceful stretches
In this section of river,
you are in the heart of the Flambeau River State Forest. There
are two campgrounds, Lake
of the Pines and Connors Lake, located a short drive east
of the river off of Highway W. Launch at the Highway W bridge.
About 5 miles into the trip, you will encounter Porcupine Rapids.
The Porcupine Rapids are difficult, and there are 3 main drops
in this set of rapids. Proceed through this section of river carefully
- there's a good deal of current at this point. After 11/2 miles
of paddling through Porcupine Rapids, the river slows and widens
for a couple miles before you come to the very difficult Wannigan
Rapids. Paddle carefully through this very tough set of rapids.
Another 800 yards or
so below the second pitch of Wannigan Rapids is Flambeau Falls
- a large drop and some big rapids. Consider portaging on the
right bank. Downriver of the falls is easy whitewater until you
get to the forks, where the North and South Fork of the Flambeau
finally meet. Take some time to savor the feeling of this magical
place on the river. There is a camping area on the left bank and
another just 1 mile downstream on the same bank. Expect a quiet
paddle all the way down to the take-out at Hervas Camp Landing,
located 2 miles downstream.
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