4 Awesome Locales to Paddle in the Fall
we asked local experts, and this is where they recommend
FLAT WATER PADDLING
Dells Pond Addison St, Eau Claire • A man-made lake created by a paper mill dam, and a hidden gem of paddling. Launch from Mt. Simon Park and paddle upstream into the islands. The water level in the islands will keep powerboats in the river channel, so more room for you to canoe or kayak in the backwaters. This centrally located body of water has lots of nature-watching opportunities.
Chippewa Moraine Ice Age State Recreation Area 13394 Cty Hwy M, New Auburn • Situated along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the recreation area offers unspoiled beauty with 17 stunning kettle lakes and many glacial features.
MOVING WATER PADDLES
(All Season, Use caution when assessing water levels)
Eau Claire River A nice river to paddle anywhere between Harstad Park near Augusta and above Big Falls near Fall Creek. It’s a pretty slow flowing ride with lots of turns and sidebars. The location is home to a pair of bald eagles and lots of other wildlife. Make sure you get out at the County K bridge if you don’t want to attempt a run down Big Falls.
Little Falls to Big Falls Ready to hit the whitewater? The bold and brave kayak this challenging 1.4-mile stretch on the Eau Claire River. It goes quickly, but what adrenaline rush doesn’t feel that way? This is a run intended for experienced kayakers, so be safe.