Paddle the Flambeau River in Price and Rusk Counties
 
 
 

South Fork, Round Lake to Cedar Rapids - 12 miles, 7 hours

A mix of quiet water and small rapids

The South Fork of the Flambeau River begins in northeast Price County in some of the wildest and most beautiful country imaginable. The river and this trip begin at Round Lake, a large lake famous for its great fishing. Launch at the landing between Pike and Round lakes and paddle to the west shore where the Flambeau flows out of the lake. You will need to portage around the Round Lake Logging Dam.

The Round Lake Logging Dam is a carefully and accurately reconstructed 1800s logging dam, and its well worth your time to spend a few minutes visiting at it. The river below the dam has perhaps the most beautiful woodland scenery in all the Northwoods.

About 2 miles below the dam, the river passes under the Forest Road 144 bridge. Fish Trap Rapids is just downstream of the bridge and provides the first significant whitewater of the trip. 2 miles later is the site of old Little Bull Dam followed by Riley Creek Dam. Safe passage over these small rock roller dams is easy if you make sure you stick to the deeper, fast-moving water that flows over or around the dams. Another 2 miles of paddling takes you to the Smith Rapids Covered Bridge, a beautiful wooden bridge. Visitors come from miles around to see the bridge, and you might want to take a few minutes to enjoy it, too. If you choose to stop here, there is a nice campground. But if you continue with your journey, there’s a fun stretch of challenging whitewater just below the bridge. A mile downstream is a narrowing of the river known as Natural Dam. Natural Dam should be run down the center. Cedar Rapids is a 2 mile paddle downstream from Natural Dam. The take-out is at the Forest Road 149 bridge.

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