Gilbert Park Landing to Oak Island Park Landing

Paddle from Gilbert Park Landing to Oak Island Park Landing along the Great Pinery Heritage Waterway for an easy 2.7-mile segment provides a unique blend of urban and natural beauty. This segment of the water trail will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. At Oak Island you can relax in the shade of beautiful trees, enjoy a nice trail to Fern Island, or cookout at the shelter.

Gilbert Park Landing to Oak Island Park Landing

Paddle from Gilbert Park Landing to Oak Island Park Landing along the Great Pinery Heritage Waterway for an easy 2.7-mile segment provides a unique blend of urban and natural beauty. This segment of the water trail will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. At Oak Island you can relax in the shade of beautiful trees, enjoy a nice trail to Fern Island, or cookout at the shelter.

Segment vitals

Segment information:
Start: Gilbert Park Landing
44.984179, -89.622004

End: Oak Island Park Landing
44.953182, -89.629095
Miles: 162 to 164.7
Segment length: 2.7 miles

Time required: 1 hour and 45 mins
Segment difficulty: Easy
Skill level: N/A
Water level: N/A
Gradient: N/A
Trail Type: Urban

Internet: N/A

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Flow rates

Flow rates play a crucial role in determining the conditions of rivers for canoeing, kayaking, and paddling activities. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced enthusiast, being informed about flow rates is essential for a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.

Landmarks

Wausau Whitewater Park - Rapids Class I-III

Hadley’s Portage at Wausau Dam

Barker & Stewart Sawmill marker - Baker-Stewart Island

Wisconsin River - Wausau's water highway marker - Baker-Stewart Island

Railroads bring a new era to Wausau marker - Baker-Stewart Island

Renewable energy marker - Baker-Stewart Island

Vertical log raft statue - River Edge Trail

Champions of business inspiration plaza marker - River Edge Trail

Why is it called Big Bull Falls marker? - Big Bull Falls Park

Business boomed at Big Bull Falls marker - Big Bull Falls Park

Big Bull historical marker - Big Bull Falls Park

Kayak sculpture - Wausau Whitewater Park

Train Depot

Powerhouse

Wausau Waterworks marker

Barker-Steward Island Bridge

Landings

Gilbert Park Landing

Enjoy a day of fun at Gilbert Park Landing! Pack a picnic, go fishing, or simply relax by the water. This landing has an accessible fishing pier so anyone can enjoy a day of fishing. With ample parking and facilities, it’s the perfect spot for outdoor adventures!

Coordinates: 44.984179 N, -89.622004 W

Parking: Yes

Scholfield Park Landing

Discover Schofield Park Landing! Enjoy a picnic, let the kids play on the playground, or cast your line for some fishing fun.

Coordinates: 44.979449 N, -89.630055 W

Parking: Yes

RiverLife Park ADA Landing

Relax and take in the scene at RiverLife Park Landing! Enjoy riverside picnics, let the kids play in the playground, or cast your fishing line from the dock. And if you’re interested in the buzz of downtown Wausau, simply walk up and down the area to enjoy the fun downtown scene.

This landing is ADA Friendly!

Coordinates: 44.970130 N, -89.630887 W

Parking: Yes

RiverLife Park

Relax and take in the scene at RiverLife Park Landing! Enjoy riverside picnics, let the kids play in the playground, or cast your fishing line from the dock. And if you’re interested in the buzz of downtown Wausau, simply walk up and down the area to enjoy the fun downtown scene.

Coordinates: 44.966764 N, -89.631336 W

Parking: Yes

Hadley’s Portage at Wausau Dam

Discover the hidden gem of Alexander Dam Portage! Immerse yourself in the serene natural beauty, enjoy the peaceful surroundings, and bask in the glory of the Wisconsin River.

The portage is on the left side of the bank facing downstream

Mileage Marker 160

Portage Length: 400 feet

Takeout coordinates:
Launch Coordinates D°M’S”: 44°57’32.8″N 89°38’01.1″W
Launch Coordinates Degrees: 44.959101, -89.633632

Put-in coordinates:
Launch Coordinates D°M’S”: 44°57’28.4″N 89°38’02.5″W
Launch Coordinates Degrees: 44.957887, -89.634035


Coordinates: 44.959101 N, -89.633632 W

Parking: No

Oak Island Landing

Escape to Oak Island Park Landing! Immerse yourself in nature, enjoy a picnic by the water, or let the kids have a blast on the playground. It’s the perfect place for a day of outdoor fun! And if you stop by on a Saturday you will catch the local farmers market to enjoy local produce, bakery items, honey, meat, and more.

Coordinates: 44.953182 N, -89.629095 W

Parking: Yes

History

The 1912 flood of the Wisconsin River

If you were standing right here at about 10 pm July 23, 1912, you would have seen the signs of the coming disaster that would be one of the most infamous evenings in the history of the Wisconsin River. By the time the swell was visible from this point, the flood had already swept down the Wisconsin River through Merrill and Brokaw.

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Wisconsin River Valley gets hydromania

[…] the turn of the 20th century saw a surge in the number of hydro projects being created up and down the Wisconsin River Valley. After seeing the success of the famous Niagara Falls dam in 1889, many communities across the United States saw hydro dams as the answer to their problems.

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Lumbering at Big Bull Falls

Like many of the communities founded along the Wisconsin River, the place where Wausau would eventually emerge was first settled because of the good waterpower provided by the falls here. In 1838, George Stevens led the first expedition of Europeans up the Wisconsin River with the goal of establishing a sawmill that would allow for the harvest of the Great Pinery.

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History of Janke Book Store

In early days, Wisconsin logging operations
clustered on the banks of the mighty Wisconsin
River. This timber boom of the 19th century led to the development of the city of Wausau, first called Big Bull Falls by settlers. Soon Wausau’s downtown, centered around Third Street, grew just two blocks from the river.

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History of the Wausau Dam

Wausau owes its existence to the Wisconsin
River that flows through it. As early as 1841, logs were being sent down to Big Bull Falls, where sawmills were harnessing the river’s power to drive powerful saws. However, by the beginning of the 20th century, things had changed considerably.

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Wausau’s islands become parks

Since the founding of Wausau in the late 1830s, the islands here have been central to the development of the community. The islands that were the first home to these settlers in the 1840s continued to be the place where the all-important lumber industry operated. Many of Wausau’s islands inherited names from the lumber companies that operated there.

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Wildlife

Deer

Wisconsin boasts a robust deer population, with over one million whitetail deer inhabiting diverse landscapes ranging from forests to farmlands. These adaptable creatures are a common sight throughout the state, contributing to Wisconsin’s rich wildlife heritage.

Otter

Wisconsin hosts a growing population of river otters, especially in wetland habitats near lakes and rivers. Recognized for their playful behavior and sleek appearance, otters contribute to the state’s vibrant aquatic ecosystems.

Eagles

Wisconsin boasts a thriving bald eagle population, with over 1,600 breeding pairs. These majestic birds are commonly found near large bodies of water, including lakes and rivers, where they build their nests and contribute to the state’s rich wildlife heritage.

Walleyes

Walleye, a popular sportfish in Wisconsin, thrives in the state’s lakes and rivers, including the Wisconsin River. With a robust population and widespread distribution, anglers enjoy pursuing this prized species, making it a cornerstone of Wisconsin’s freshwater fisheries.

Beavers

Beavers are widespread throughout Wisconsin, especially in areas with abundant water bodies. Their population contributes to shaping ecosystems by creating wetland habitats and altering landscapes, showcasing the ecological importance of these industrious mammals in the state.

Black Bears

Wisconsin is home to a robust population of black bears, estimated at around 24,000. These adaptable mammals are found in a range of habitats, including forests and swamps, showcasing their ability to thrive in diverse ecosystems.

Wildlife

Deer

Wisconsin boasts a robust deer population, with over one million whitetail deer inhabiting diverse landscapes ranging from forests to farmlands. These adaptable creatures are a common sight throughout the state, contributing to Wisconsin’s rich wildlife heritage.

Otter

Wisconsin hosts a growing population of river otters, especially in wetland habitats near lakes and rivers. Recognized for their playful behavior and sleek appearance, otters contribute to the state’s vibrant aquatic ecosystems.

Eagles

Wisconsin boasts a thriving bald eagle population, with over 1,600 breeding pairs. These majestic birds are commonly found near large bodies of water, including lakes and rivers, where they build their nests and contribute to the state’s rich wildlife heritage.

Walleyes

Walleye, a popular sportfish in Wisconsin, thrives in the state’s lakes and rivers, including the Wisconsin River. With a robust population and widespread distribution, anglers enjoy pursuing this prized species, making it a cornerstone of Wisconsin’s freshwater fisheries.

Beavers

Beavers are widespread throughout Wisconsin, especially in areas with abundant water bodies. Their population contributes to shaping ecosystems by creating wetland habitats and altering landscapes, showcasing the ecological importance of these industrious mammals in the state.

Black Bears

Wisconsin is home to a robust population of black bears, estimated at around 24,000. These adaptable mammals are found in a range of habitats, including forests and swamps, showcasing their ability to thrive in diverse ecosystems.

Nearby attractions and activities

Gilbert Park

River Edge Walkway

Wausau On Water (WOW Family Entertainment Center)

Barker-Stewart Island Park

Big Bull Falls Park

Wausau Whitewater Park

Picnic Island

Isle of Ferns Park

Riverside Park

Oak Island Park

Know Before You Go

Please review these important safety reminders before getting on the water.

Safe & Smart

Check the weather and water temperature before going paddling.

Wear a Lifejacket

Don’t be a statistic.

Know Your Limits

There are old paddlers and bold paddlers, but no old bold paddlers! Know your skill level.

Don’t Drink and Paddle

Water and booze don’t mix.

Have the Right Gear

Footwear, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, trail map, water, snacks, water tight bag for personal items and your cell phone, bilge pump, and first aid kit.

File a Float Plan

Communicate to family and friends your put-in and take-out, and when you are paddling.

Water Levels & Obstacles

Be aware of water levels, rapids, and dams before you get into the water.

In Case of Emergency Call 911

Remember your mile markers and landmarks.

Have a Map or App

Take a map or download an app to know where you are at on the water. 

No Glass on the Wisconsin River

It is illegal to have glass on the Wisconsin River. If you are caught, the DNR will fine you up to $749.

Know Before You Go

Please review these important safety reminders before getting on the water.

Safe & Smart

Check the weather and water temperature before going paddling.

Wear a Lifejacket

Don’t be a statistic.

Know Your Limits

There are old paddlers and bold paddlers, but no old bold paddlers! Know your skill level.

Don’t Drink and Paddle

Water and booze don’t mix.

Have the Right Gear

Footwear, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, trail map, water, snacks, water tight bag for personal items and your cell phone, bilge pump, and first aid kit.

File a Float Plan

Communicate to family and friends your put-in and take-out, and when you are paddling.

Water Levels & Obstacles

Be aware of water levels, rapids, and dams before you get into the water.

In Case of Emergency Call 911

Remember your mile markers and landmarks.

Have a Map or App

Take a map or download an app to know where you are at on the water. 

No Glass on the Wisconsin River

It is illegal to have glass on the Wisconsin River. If you are caught, the DNR will fine you up to $749.

Apps

We put together some recomended apps for anyone planning a trip out on the water.

Resources

Check out these resources to help you out when you are planning a trip out on the water.

Apps

We put together some recomended apps for anyone planning a trip out on the water.

Resources

Check out these resources to help you out when you are planning a trip out on the water.

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