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White River
(WH1) Maple Ridge Road Bridge to Highway 112 Dam, Wisconsin Trail Guide

Trail Facts

Distance: 14.9 miles
Skill Level: Novice
Whitewater: Class II
Approx. Paddle Time: 6+ hours
Elevation Drop: 181 feet
Average Gradient: 12.1 fpm
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Trail Review

Meandering, twisty, narrow, fast, rocky, and remote; these are commonly used words when describing the float down the White River from Maple Ridge Road to Highway 112. This is a fantastic reach for novice whitewater enthusiasts. Six of the final seven miles are nearly continuous riffles, class 1 and class 2 rapids.

There is almost no development after the first two miles, where the river enters a narrow, densely-wooded valley with steep-sloping ridges rising just beyond both banks. The scenery is beautiful and wild. The surrounding forest is a mix of northern hardwoods and pines which frequently shade high, steep banks often covered in dense brush and thickets. A large number of perennial and seasonal streams enter the White through narrow, deep cuts.

Birch, maple, alder, ash, cedar, spruce, balsam fir, and red and white pine are common in the surrounding forest. The White is home to an abundance of wildlife; white tailed deer, snowshoe hare, mink, red squirrel, and a variety of woodpeckers are just a few of the species that paddlers may encounter.

The upper reaches of the White is one of the premier trout streams in Wisconsin, although most anglers prefer to fish in the clearer waters upstream from this segment. The most popular areas for fishing are the South, East, and West branches of the White River before they join to form the main branch. The Bibon Marsh is another popular spot where brown trout are common.

Paddlers be aware! This is a narrow river surrounded by dense vegetation. Overhanging trees on soft riverbanks create frequent strainers and downfall!


Water levels are usually adequate for an enjoyable run. Occasionally the White River Flowage is drained at the Highway 112 Dam. When this happens, the river swiftly becomes dangerous and should be avoided. Call Bear Country Sporting Goods in Drummond at 715.739.6645 for water levels before you paddle the river.

River Level Information

Phone Contact for River Info: Bear Country Sporting Goods: 715.739.6645

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