Put in at County K


Namekagon River – County K to Whispering Pines

Peter Johnson
May 25th, 2024
County K Landing
Whispering Pines Landing
11.0 miles
3 hours
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This section of the Namekagon River is very scenic, yet moves fairly fast. There are several class I rapids throughout the trip along with numberous riffles. Wildlife is abundant including many turtles and the occasional bald eagle.

If you’re looking for a trip with light rapids and a quick moving river, this is definitely a great stretch of the Namekagon to paddle.

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Detailed Overview

  • Upstream from the Namekagon River Dam: There is an immediate flowage and then upstream the river splinters and could still be navigable, but I don't know.
  • Namekagon River Dam to Cable Wayside:  14.7 miles.
    • Namekagon River Dam to Hwy M:  7.2 miles.  A terrific leg with some Class 2 rapids.
    • Hwy M to Cable Wayside/Hwy 63:  6.9 miles.  Good prospect with much less rapids.  Many intermediary access options (each bridge really).
  • Hwy 63 to Mossback Road Landing:  3.9 miles.  Very good prospect and a local favorite.
  • Mossback Road Landing to Larson Road Landing:  4.9 miles.  Very good prospect and a local favorite.
  • Larson Road Landing to Phipps Landing/Hwy 63: 3.3 miles.
  • Phipps Landing to W. Phipps Bridge/Trout Run Landing: 2.8 miles.
  • W. Phipps Bridge to Eagle's Landing: 2.4 miles. Eagle's Landing should be a bit NE of W. Hospital Road.
  • Eagle's Landing to Hayward Dam:  3.2 miles.  Mostly flowage paddling.
  • Hayward Dam/1st Street to Stinnett River Road Landing:  9.1 miles.  A good and popular stretch.
  • Stinnett Landing to Groat Landing/Brickman Lake Road:  3.0 miles.  Several Class 1 rapids.
  • Groat Landing to Springbrook Landing:  4.9 miles.
    • Groat Landing to Trails End Road Landing:  2.4 miles.  Section with Class 2 rapids.
    • Trails End Road to Legion Lane Landing:  2.7 miles.  A few Class 1 rapids.
  • Legion Lane Landing to Big Bend Landing/Pow Road:  5.2 miles.  A few Class 1 rapids.
  • Pow Road to Earl Park Landing/Road N:  3.8 miles.  Mostly flatwater.
  • Earl Park Landing to Trego/Cash Road:  5.0 miles.  Mostly flatwater...there are other take-out options in Trego.  Take-out is just NE of Wagon Bridge Road.
  • Trego to Road K Landing:  5.6 miles.  Mostly flowage paddling.
  • Road K to McDowell Bridge Landing:  22 miles.
    • Road K to Whispering Pines Road Landing: 10.3 miles.
    • Whispering Pines to Howell Landing:  4.4 miles.  You can take out on either side of the river.
    • Howell Landing to Fritz Landing/River Landing Road:  3.5 miles.
    • Fritz Landing to McDowell Bridge Landing/Web Creek Dr.:  2.7 miles.
  • McDowell to Namekagon Trail Landing:  7.0 miles.
  • Namekagon Trail Landing to Mouth:  5.0 miles.
  • Mouth to Riverside Landing/Hwy 35:  3.7 miles.  A short stretch on the St. Croix to reach a take-out.

Trip Map

Overview Map


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