Paddle Canoe, Kayak, SUP

Paddling opportunities include something for everyone with the Bear River's tranquil water and unspoiled wilderness, multiple put-in and take-out possibilities on the Turtle River, lake paddling on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, and challenging rapids on the North Fork of the Flambeau River.

Join the Mercer's Loony Paddlers or the Mixed Social Paddlers for weekly excursions on area lakes and rivers during the summer. Visit for information and schedules.

Looking for excellent canoeing and kayaking areas off the beaten path? Iron County is where you'll find them, wrapped in the color palette of the season. Whether you are a novice or looking for an "extreme" experience the Mercer area has what you've been looking for.


Popular Paddling Routes Click on a title to learn more

Manitowish River: Hwy 51 to Murray's Landing
Distance: 20 miles
Rating: Novice

Bear River: Flambeau Lake to Murray's Landing
Distance: 25 miles
Rating: Novice

Turtle River: North Turtle Lake to Lake of the Falls
Distance: 27 miles
Rating: Intermediate

Turtle Flowage: Manitowish Route & Turtle Route
Distance: Lake Paddling

Flambeau River: North Fork Turtle Dam to Park Falls Landing
Distance: 18 miles
Rating: Intermediate-Expert

Montreal River: West Branch
Distance: 18 miles
Rating: Expert