Rainbow Dam to Rhinelander Dam

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Mile marker signs on maps correspond with actual signs placed on the river. Mile markers are typically located on the right side of the bridges and at portage take out sites.


No signs were placed in the field at these locations but they were placed on the map for reference.

Map 1


- General Description
o Miles 058 - 061 (Rainbow dam to River Rd bridge) Mostly flat water with good current, go through Class I Rainbow Rapids
o Miles 061 - 069 (River Rd bridge to McNaughton bridge) Floodplain broadens and river slows a few miles upstream from McNaughton
o Miles 069 - 076 (McNaughton bridge to River Rd landing) River winds through lowlands including wild rice marshes
o Miles 076 - 080 (River Rd landing to Rhinelander dam) Enter into upper sections of Rhinelander Flowage where wind and boat traffic can be challenging

- Portages (see portage maps by clicking on the dam symbol)
o Mile 080 Rhinelander dam - Access to the shorter portage route (about 1/3 mile) is gated but typically open during normal business hours (call 715-369-4241 ahead for access anytime) OR about a mile long route goes along city streets (take-out on left, put-in on right)

- Landings suitable for take-out or put-in
o Mile 059 WDNR County D boat landing provides access just below the Rainbow dam side with parking available (right)
o Mile 061 River Rd bridge canoe launch downstream of the bridge with parking available (left)
o Mile 069 Boat landing at McNaughton downstream of bridges with parking available (right)
o Mile 076 Boat landing off River Rd some parking available (left)
o Mile 080 Boat landing at Hodag Park on Boom Lake (left)

- Camping
o Mile 060 WDNR - canoe campsite 43 at Rainbow Rapids (left)
o Mile 064 WDNR - canoe campsite at Horsehead Creek (right)

- Other amenities
o Mile 061 - Newbold Memorial Park with canoe launch, picnic area, restrooms and water available at River Rd bridge (left)
o Mile 080 - Many businesses in Rhinelander
" Hodag Park - Beach, picnic area, playground & boat landing (left)

- Flow Information - For flow information on river flow below Rainbow go to http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/uv/?site_no=05391000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060.