Quiet Waters of Forest County

Choose your Waters

Quiet Waters of Forest County- River Routes Forest County has 850+ miles of streams with a variety of water levels, rapids, and stream impediments to navigate. Many streams have direct access from Township and County roadways that provide water access to many of the most remote portions of our forest for hours of serene enjoyment.

Map of Forest County River Routes

Quiet Waters of Forest County- Lakes Forest County has 824 named lakes and many un-named lakes and ponds to explore. Many of the lakes have limited development and limited use by motorized boats, making them ideal locations for recreational use by kayaks and canoes. Fishing and scenic views abound!

Map of Forest County Quiet Lakes

Quiet Waters of Forest County- Impoundments and Wildlife Areas Forest County has thousands of wetland areas which provide waterfowl and wildlife refuges as well as unique plant communities. Some of these areas have accesses for users to allow recreational viewing of the wildlife and plant communities by the public. These accesses by kayaks and canoes provide opportunity for close up wildlife encounters and quiet enjoyment. Searching your browser for the following links will provide google maps and google directions to our wonderful “Quiet Waters” that may be utilized on your computer, tablet or phone.

Map of Forest County Impoundments and Wildlife Areas

We welcome you to our beautiful “Quiet Waters” and ask that you utilize them safely, wear appropriate safety gear and protect the resources through wise use. Please pack out what you take in and enjoy!


Brule River – Forest County:

Put in below Brule Lake Dam. Take out at Highway 139. Bridge. Length – 18 miles. Water should be medium high. Two rapids. USDA Forest Service campground two miles east of Nelma.


Peshtigo River – Forest and Marinette Counties:

Put in at Big Joe Canoe Landing. Take out at the CCC Bridge. Length – 7.5 miles. Nice stretch of quiet water which is good for the novice or families.

Put in at the CCC Bridge. Take out at Burnt Bridge. Length – 9.5 miles. This stretch is for the intermediate canoeist; there are several rocky stretches with rapids.

Put in at Burnt Bridge. Take out at Burton Wells. Length 5.75 miles. This stretch contains Class II, III, and IV rapids. There is one portage around Michigan Rapids.

Put in at Burton Wells. Take out at Goodman Park. Length – 6.25 miles. Class II, III, IV rapids. There is one mandatory portage around the falls.


Pine River – Forest and Florence Counties:

Put in at FS Road 2182 near Haystack Corners. Take out at FS Road 2168. Length – 20 miles. Slow, winding up to Highway 55. Faster with a few difficult rapids after Highway 55. Trout fishing.

Put in at FS Road 2168 to Chipmunk Rapids. Length – 18 miles. Excellent trout fishing. Several rapids. Portage around a dam. Picnic area at Highway 139. Camping area at Stevens Creek and Chipmunk Rapids. Some boulders.


Popple River – Forest County:

Put in at Highway 55 10 miles north of Argonne. Take out at the Town of Popple River. Water must be high. Two underdeveloped campsites on the route. Brook and brown trout fishing. Very secluded area. One portage, few rapids.


Wabikon and Riley Lakes Canoeing Path – Forest County:

Put in 6 miles east of Crandon. Aquatic birds such as Osprey and Great Blue Heron live among these lakes. In the hemlock forest, on a peninsula on the west shore, sightings of birds such as the Nashville Warbler can emerge. Wild rice can also be found on these lakes. A stream on the south end leads to Riley Lake, an undeveloped and shallow lake. From there you can paddle the Indian River on the south end upstream to Indian Springs, another marsh community with spring ponds. You can also fish for brook trout on the Indian River and in the springs. This 1,000-acre site is best traveled by canoe. Directions: From Crandon, travel east 5.5 miles on Highway 8/32. Turn south on Potawatomi Trail, to find the boat landing 0.2 of a mile down on the south side of the road, (715) 674-4481 (US Forest Service. Website)


Wolf River – Forest and Oneida Counties:

Put in at Pine Lake. Take out at Little Rice Lake Dam. Length- 10 miles. Small stream, water should be medium high. There are a few riffle rapids and occasional beaver dams. Eagle, deer and small mammals are common sights. Secluded area.

Put in at Little Rice Dam. Take out at Highway B Bridge. Length – 15 miles. Small, winding stream. Water should be medium high. Numerous beaver dams, wild rice beds, railroad artifacts, and rocky shallows. Very secluded.