Here are the Hodag’s favorite places to paddle

Just because I have claws doesn’t mean I can’t handle myself in a canoe. When you live in a place with so many beautiful rivers and lakes, you can’t help but get pretty good at dipping a paddle. I know all the best paddling spots around Rhinelander, and I’m happy to share my secrets. Here are some of my favorite spots.

Boom Lake

Located in the heart of Rhinelander, Boom Lake is a flowage on the Wisconsin River. It’s ideally located for a paddling adventure. It’s close to lodging and my den! Public access is available at a boat launch in Hodag Park.

Pelican River

Paddlers looking for quiet Northwoods waters can explore the Pelican River, which shoots off from the Wisconsin River south of downtown Rhinelander and flows on a southeasterly path to Pelican Lake. Keep your eyes peeled for pelicans or even your friendly local Hodag! Put in at the Pelican Rapids Landing on Boyce Drive south of Kemp Street.

Wisconsin River

The iconic Wisconsin River flows directly through Rhinelander, providing ample opportunity for canoeing and kayaking. A good place to put in is at the Rainbow Flowage near Lake Tomahawk north of Rhinelander.

Willow Flowage

Looking for a wild paddle? Head to the Willow Flowage. Located west of Rhinelander in an undeveloped tract of forest, the Willow Flowage is a true wilderness destination that’s comparable to the Boundary Waters. Public access is available at the Willow Flowage Dam, Cedar Falls campground, The Sportsmans, Talbots, Jerry’s and McCord Road.


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