Rothschild Dam to Chuck’s Landing

Set off from Rothschild Dam to Chuck’s Landing along the Great Pinery Heritage Waterway. This 10.6-mile segment offers a moderate difficulty level that takes approximately 6 hours to complete. It will take you through beautiful serene landscapes. On this segment, you can spot wildlife along the Wisconsin River or you can bird watch for beautiful native water fowl in the area.

Rothschild Dam to Chuck’s Landing

Set off from Rothschild Dam to Chuck’s Landing along the Great Pinery Heritage Waterway. This 10.6-mile segment offers a moderate difficulty level that takes approximately 6 hours to complete. It will take you through beautiful serene landscapes. On this segment, you can spot wildlife along the Wisconsin River or you can bird watch for beautiful native water fowl in the area.

Segment vitals

Segment information:
Start: Rothschild Dam
44.894410, -89.626397

End: Chuck’s Landing
44.787115, -89.704946
Miles: N/A
Segment length: 10.6 miles

Time required: 6 hours
Segment difficulty: Moderate
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

Rothschild Dam Portage

Mosinee Dam Portage

Trip description

The Rothschild Dam segment put-in is south and west of this historic dam at Mile Marker 173.5. The segment is 10.6-miles in length of calm river and flowage paddling along heavily wooded banks. After launching, look back at this iconic dam built in 1909 and completed in 1911. The dam was partially rebuilt twice before any real production of power took place for the adjacent paper mill due to two successive floods in 1911 and 1912. The 1912 flood was of biblical portions widening and cutting away twenty to fifty feet from the banks on either side of the river downstream from the dam.

At Mile Maker 175.4 you pass under Interstate 39.

Fourmile Creek is a good place to catch trout and is located at Mile Marker 177.8. A mile below the creek is Half Moon Lake. Originally, its western bank was part of a large oxbow in the river almost circumscribing a knob of land where an Ojibwa encampment stood.

At Mile Marker 180 you enter the Mosinee Flowage and Half Moon Lake which is filled with many small islands and can become confusing at times. Pontoon and small boat traffic picks up as you approach the Mosinee Dam. Hugging the left bank is advised.

The dam portage is located on the left at Mile Marker 182.3. A phone is available to call the dam operator for pickup as this is long portage over the dam road and along the bank to Chuck’s Landing at Mile Marker 183.6.

The original rapids were referred to as Little Bull Falls and were the most dangerous rapids on the entire river. Over one-half mile long, much of it in a thirty-foot wide gorge. Over this distance it fell twenty-one feet, and for almost 100 yards the pitch was greater than 45 degrees. It contained a violent whirlpool towards the bottom and claimed the life of many a riverman.

Landings

Rothschild Dam Portage & Domtar Public Boat Launch

Start your paddling journey at Rothschild Dam Portage! Located in picturesque Rothschild, this portage offers a gateway to thrilling water adventures. Launch your kayak or canoe and navigate the tranquil waters of the Wisconsin River. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as you explore scenic trails and encounter wildlife along the way.

Mileage Marker: 166

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

Portage takeout:
Launch Coordinates D°M’S”: 44°53’39.9″N 89°37’35.0″W
Launch Coordinates Degrees: 44.894410, -89.626397

Portage put-in:
Launch Coordinates D°M’S”: 44°53’30.5″N 89°37’47.1″W
Launch Coordinates Degrees: 44.891808, -89.629751

Coordinates: 44.894410 N, -89.626397 W

Parking: Yes

River Park Mosinee

Discover the serenity of River Park Landing in Mosinee! Nestled along the picturesque Wisconsin River, this gem is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Launch your kayak or canoe from the landing and immerse yourself in the tranquil waters. This landing has an accessible fishing pier for the disabled, a sand court for those looking to play some volleyball and a trail for those just looking for a nice walk. With scenic trails and abundant wildlife, it’s a nature lover’s paradise.

Coordinates: 44.798841 N, -89.707260 W

Parking: Yes

Mosinee Dam Portage/Canoe Portage Park and Chuck's Boat Landing

Mileage Marker: 176

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

Portage takeout:
Launch Coordinates D°M’S”: 44°47’36.4″N 89°41’33.7″W
Launch Coordinates Degrees: 44.793435, -89.692686

Portage Instructions At Take Out Location On Sign

  • Lift phone and wait for Ahlstrom-Munksjo Security Guard to answer. Please tell the guard your name and number of people and canoes/kayaks in your party.
  • It will take around 45 minutes to mobilize our equipment.
  • If the phone is damaged, please refer to the map attached to this board and follow the instructions to make your request known.
  • In the event both options fail, use another phone and dial 715-692-3305.
  • DO NOT proceed down river without securing Ahlstrom-Munksjo help with your portage. To do so could endanger your life.
  • To proceed beyond the buoys is a violation of the city’s ordinance and you will be subject to a fine.
  • This information courtesy of Ahlstrom-Munksjo Mosinee, WI 715-693-2111.
  • This part of the river is Ahlstrom-Munksjo Project No. 2207 licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Mosinee Dam

Portage put-in:
Launch Coordinates D°M’S”: 44°47’13.6″N 89°42’17.8″W

Launch Coordinates Degrees: 44.787115, -89.704946

Coordinates: 44.793435 N, -89.692686 W

Parking: Yes

History

History of Marathon Corporation

The dam located here at Rothschild was completed in 1910, after a year of construction and several years of planning by the Rothschild Water Power Company. A paper mill was also finished in 1910 […], and the newly formed Marathon Paper Company soon took over running the dam and its six turbines that provided the power for its entirely electrically-driven mill.

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231 year history of Mosinee

Mosinee has a long and rich history dating from the days of the first French fur trappers, stretching through the logging days, and continuing forward into the future. Mosinee […] trace their settlement all the way back to 1790, when a French trapper named John Lewis DuBay wintered in what is now Knowlton, to the south of Mosinee.

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Chief Mosinee and Native People

According to the stories […], in the 1800s Chippewa and Menomonee people would spend part of each year encamped here on the Wisconsin River. The Native Americans had long developed a sort of migratory life going south along the Wisconsin River in the fall to follow the migration of the deer and animals they relied on for food, then back up north in the spring to harvest the sugar bushes.

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The History of the Mosinee paper mill

In the first decade of the 20th century, it was clear that paper production would be the new industry to replace lumber in many Wisconsin communities. In 1911, a paper company was established here in Mosinee, where the waterpower was ideal for paper production.

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The Mosinee Bridge

In 1854, the new Mosinee post office building moved from the east side of the Wisconsin River to the west side. The first settlers had settled on the eastern side, along the major road that connected Mosinee to the wider world. But the geography of the area limited expansion along the eastern riverbank.

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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

Cedar Creek Bike & Pedestrian Trail

Trillium Trail

Marcus Cedar Creek Cinema

Sawmill Adventure Park - Trampoline Park & Mini Golf

River Park

MAAC Pavillion

Pinewood Supper Club

Wisconsin Riverwoods Trail

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

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Resources

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