Canoeing, kayaking & boating

Travel scenic lakes and rivers

Spend a day on the water in Rhinelander

Whether you want to cruise around a tree-lined lake with your family, float down a scenic river or travel a secluded waterway miles away from anyone else, you’ll discover great canoeing, kayaking and boating in the Rhinelander Area.

Come to the Northwoods to navigate scenic lakes like Boom Lake in the heart of Rhinelander or Lake George, which offers easy access and great fishing. You can also explore gently flowing rivers and quiet backwaters, from the vast Willow Flowage to the quieter Pelican River. See a few of the Hodag’s favorite paddling spots here.

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Find aquatic adventures on these lakes and rivers

  • Boom Lake

    Located in the heart of Rhinelander, Boom Lake is a flowage on the Wisconsin River offers a convenient option for outdoor recreation, whether…

  • Lake George

    Lake George is located southeast of Rhinelander off Highway 8. This like is popular among anglers, who can cast for musky, panfish, bass…

  • Lake Julia

    A 240-acre lake located south of Rhinelander, Lake Julia is one of the more popular fishing lakes in Hodag Country. Whether you’re looking…

  • Pelican River

    Canoers and kayakers looking for a less populated stretch of the Northwoods can explore the Pelican River, which shoots off from the Wisconsin…

  • Plan your fall getaway to Rhinelander

    There are so many ways to see fall color in the Northwoods, from gentle hikes through the woods to a leisurely fall drive….

  • Rhinelander’s best paddling lakes and rivers

    It’s the perfect time to explore Rhinelander’s wonderful waterways, so hop in a kayak or canoe, grab your paddle and discover some of…


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