Namekagon River

Located in Northwest Wisconsin, the Namekagon is a classic and one of the more popular kayaking rivers in the area.

Trip Reports

Namekagon Dam to Hwy 63 Wayside

Date Paddled: May 27th, 2023
Distance: 14.7 miles
Time: 5.25 hours

A guest review for an upper leg of the Namekagon River.


Hayward Dam to Stinnett Landing

Date Paddled: August 27th, 2013
Distance: 9.1 Miles
Time: 5 hours (without distractions this would be much shorter)

One of the more popular legs of the Namekagon starts just below Hayward.


Groat Landing to Springbrook Landing

Date Paddled: May 26th, 2023
Distance: 4.9 miles
Time: 1.5 hours

A guest review for a middle leg of the Namekagon River.


County K Landing to Whispering Pines Landing

Date Paddled: May 25th, 2024
Distance: 11.0 miles
Time: 3 hours

A guest review for the Namekagon River.


County Road K Landing to McDowell Bridge Landing

Date Paddled: July 18th, 2021
Distance: 22 miles
Time: Three-day camping trip

A guest review for the Lower Namekagon.


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Dec 20th, 2023 - Aaron from Dell Creek
For those curious, I did find a Youtube video of this stretch that paddlers may find helpful:
Jul 30th, 2021 - Aaron from Dell Creek
I don't think so, but you should call ahead just to be sure.
Jul 30th, 2021 - Holly Nalley from Spooner Wisconsin
Hi there, do we need a reservation to float or do we just show up and do it there?! This is our first time and I haven’t been able to find this information. Thanks for your time!!
Dec 11th, 2013 - admin
Thanks for the feedback! It's always terrific to hear from visitors. I definitely am interested in paddling the Red Cedar and would be happy to post any images/information you want to share.
Dec 4th, 2013 - Colleen Peterson
Beautiful site! So glad I happened upon all your hard work - I have book on paddling WI rivers, but love the photos and descriptions you give! We live on the Red Cedar just outside Chetek, and LOVE to kayak it - we would definitely be able to contribute some pics of the Barron to Hwy 64 stretch. No rapids, but good moving water most of the year. We've been on it from March - November, maybe some year we'll hit the other 3 if global warming continues. Thanks for the great site!

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