Merrill Dam to Gilbert Park

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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 138 - 143 (Merrill dam to I-39 bridge) Just below the dam is a easily navigated rapids leading to the wide river with steady current
o Miles 143 - 153 (I-39 bridge to Marathon County WW bridge) Current stays steady & slow up to easily navigated Trappe Rapids where the channel narrows and current increases at Granite Heights
o Miles 153 - 155 (Marathon County WW bridge to Gilbert Park) River slows due to influence of the Wausau dam and continues through increasingly developed shoreline

- Portages (see portage maps by clicking on the dam symbol)
o Mile 153 Optional portage around the old Brokaw dam below County WW bridge - easy access to the right bank before the concrete abutments where the dam was located

- Landings suitable for take-out or put-in
o Mile 138 Riverside Park boat landing just below the Merrill dam (right)
o Mile 147 Access on Pine Bluff Rd off County W (left)
o Mile 150 Granite Heights access (left)
o Mile 155 Gilbert Park boat landing on the north side of Wausau (left)

- Camping - No known campgrounds on this stretch of river

- Other amenities
o Mile 138 - Riverside Park with water available, boat landing, restrooms, playground, picnic area & shelter (right)
o Mile 155 - Gilbert Park with boat landing, picnic tables, fishing pier and parking available off Sixth Street in Wausau (left)

- Flow Information - For flow information on river flow below Merrill go to http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/uv/?site_no=05395000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060 or go to content.cfm?PageID=84&Cat=0