Riverside Park Landing to Brokaw Mill Landing

Paddle your kayak from Riverside Park to Brokaw Mill Landing along the Great Pinery Heritage Waterway for a easy, relaxing 15 mile journey. This scenic segment takes you through stunning views, serene surroundings, and the rich logging history of Lincoln County. You will have good internet through this whole segment.

Riverside Park Landing to Brokaw Mill Landing

Paddle your kayak from Riverside Park to Brokaw Mill Landing along the Great Pinery Heritage Waterway for a easy, relaxing 15 mile journey. This scenic segment takes you through stunning views, serene surroundings, and the rich logging history of Lincoln County. You will have good internet through this whole segment.

Segment vitals

Segment information:
Start: Riverside Park Landing
45.175744, -89.675105

End: Brokaw Mill Landing
45.033575, -89.660277
Miles: 143 to 157
Segment length: 15 miles

Time required: N/A
Segment difficulty: Easy
Skill level: N/A
Water level: N/A
Gradient: N/A
Trail Type: Scenic 

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

Trappe Rapids - Rapids Class I

Trip description

The put-in is at Riverside Park, Mile Marker 143 in Merrill on this 14-mile segment that meanders through hardwood forest and along a historic Native American encampment. The trail is joined by the Pine River, Mile Marker 148 and Trappe River, Mile Marker 153 respectfully along its journey.

This is an easy paddle with the first four miles being a combination of wooded shoreline and urban development. A number of islands exist in this section with an occasional riffle and exposed boulder.

Around Mile Marker 146.8 and just prior to the U.S. 51 bridge, Mile Marker 147 a group of islands come into view. The largest of the islands is named after Bill Meier, a local conservationist, but the history of these islands goes back to when this area was named Big Eddy. Prior to the white man’s coming, the Ojibwa had occupied a camp in this area, with Julius Posey having a trading post located hereabouts. On the right bank, just beyond the top of the hill, the Ojibwa had an extensive burial ground. The Ojibwa maintained a semi-permanent camp here, with their numbers swelling in the fall and spring on their way south or north due to seasonal change.

At Mile Marker 148, you paddle past a railroad bridge on your left as it crosses the Pine River.

At Mile Marker 151.5 a take-out is located on the left bank at the Wisconsin River Forest. Dispersed, primitive camping is available on both sides of the river for the next 2-miles, with reservations made with the Marathon County Parks Department.

One encounters Trappe Rapids at Mile Marker 152.5 just up stream from the Trappe River, Mile Marker 153. The rapids are Class I and will offer little difficulty to the paddler with an easy-to-spot chute.

The Trappe River was known to early settlers as Dead Falls River. The first steam-operated sawmill in Marathon County was erected just up from its mouth during the 1850s.

The river opens up over the next four miles with wooded banks. The take-out is at Mile Marker 151.5 on the left bank just a bit upstream from the WW County Bridge and historical Brokaw Mills.

Landings

Riverside Park Landing

Experience fun times at Riverside Park Landing! Engage in exciting activities like volleyball, disc golf, and horseshoe games amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the Wisconsin River.

Coordinates: 45.175744 N, -89.675105 W

Parking: Yes

Wisconsin County Forest Landing

Coordinates: 45.089660 N, -89.637823 W

Parking: Yes

Brokaw Mill Landing

Coordinates: 45.033575 N, -89.660277 W

Parking: Yes

History

The Great Pinery

Long ago, white pine forests covered much of the Northwoods of Wisconsin, and the expanses of what could yield valuable lumber stretched well into Michigan, Minnesota and Canada. The first white men to travel through the area, early European explorers and fur traders recounted tales of the extensive and impressive pinery

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History of Brokaw & the paper mill

In 1889, Norman Brokaw of Kaukauna and W.I. Edmonds of Appleton came to Marathon County to investigate reports of excellent and unexploited waterpower. Their idea was to establish a paper mill. After examining several locations along the Wisconsin River, they settled on a spot about seven miles north of Wausau.

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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

Riverside Park

Friendship House Family Restaurant

Wisconsin River Forest Unit

Jesse Park

Brokaw County 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

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Resources

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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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