Peshtigo Spring Run-Off TripsClass III – IV
Spring whitewater rafting trips run from early April to mid-May, when the water is chilly but very fast and exciting. Spring whitewater rafting trips include Farmer John style wetsuits and booties along with helmets, life jackets and paddles, and are run in four, six and eight place rafts. On spring trips it is very important to advise everyone in your group to bring an unlined windbreaker, wool or synthetic pullover sweater and wool socks. Also, a polypropylene long underwear top is an excellent addition to your cold weather gear. Check in time is one hour before scheduled whitewater rafting trip time. Spring trips are very popular because the die-hard rafters like to go when the water is the highest. Snow melt coupled with spring thaws usually makes April and May the best for big water whitewater rafting in Wisconsin. It may be chilly, but you will keep warm with the provided wetsuit and the excitement.
The Peshtigo River Trip
The Peshtigo River located in Silver Cliff, Wisconsin is the premier whitewater run in the Midwest. Known as the “Roaring Rapids”, this five mile stretch of the Peshtigo River includes six major rapids with multiple holes, waves and eddies, and provides a great whitewater experience for first time rafters as well as experienced paddlers. From start to finish one encounters almost continuous rapids interrupted by very short, quiet pools.
The put-in for the rafting trips on the Peshtigo River is at the Farm Dam Landing. There is no longer a dam at this site. This is the recommended put-in in higher water. During lower water, there is another put-in a little further down river that avoids a stretch of rock gardens. For about one and a half miles before the first set of names rapids, you will encounter a mix of rock gardens and flat water as well as intermittent Class II rapids.
First Drop Rapids (Class III-IV) This drop changes character greatly with the different water levels and, for it’s size, First Drop is a fairly technical rapid. It is a series of three ledges with a big side curling wave in the center that has caused many a spill. The natural flow of the river takes you right into the hole at most levels. The challenge for many, is to hit the wave and not flip. (Some boaters flip on purpose, it’s a short wavy swim to a calm pool below the rapids).
Second Drop Rapids (Class II-III) Second Drop Rapids can be seen from First Drop. Second Drop is not as technical as First Drop, but at higher levels there is a nice wave wall to paddle through.
Third Drop (Class III) The Third Drop Rapid is followed closely by the infamous wave called ‘Joey’s Hole’ that will easily trap the unwary (and sometimes the wary) in high water. Paddle Hard!
Five Foot Falls Rapid (Class III+) Five Foot Falls Rapid consists of a river-wide ledge and a chute on the far left. Traditionally, rafters take a line on far river left down the twisting chute, but a straight line right down center river is possible as well.
Horserace Rapids (Class III-IV) Horserace Rapids is the longest, most continuous rapid in the Roaring Rapids section of the Peshtigo River, running about 150 yards. It starts out with some easy waves, then throws some eddies and holes at you, and finishes up with a wave train through a narrow constriction of the river.
S-Curve (Class II-III) Follow shortly after Horserace is S-Curve. As the name implies, S-Curve Rapid is a curvy section of rapids and includes a submerged ledge and a good hole. More wavy Class I-II rapids continue for several hundred yards downstream after S-Curve, and then there is a final section of flat water before the bridge and the take-out.
The Peshtigo River
We run our Peshtigo River raft trips on the “Roaring Rapids” section of the Peshtigo River. This 4 1/2 mile section of the river has seven major rapids and is rain fed, meaning there are no man made dams or natural obstructions which hold back or control the flow of the water. Therefore Mother Nature is completely in charge of the water levels and as a result they are constantly changing.
There is no real way for anyone to accurately predict what the water level will be on any given day throughout the year, typically the water is at it highest in the Spring months (April-May) then the levels gradually decreases as the summer runs on. The river levels can rise as much as 4 inches for every 1-inch of rain that falls into the water shed and can fall up to an inch per day when there is no rain, that is until the river reaches -3 on the gauge. Then the river only loses 1/10th -1/20th of an inch per day. There are many other factors which effect the water levels such as snowfall, accumulated snow and ice on the ground, ice levels in the river, frost depth and the ground water table levels.
We have seen high and low water at all times of the year and there is no time when the river will consistently be at a certain level. So we are always prepared to run a variety of different sized rafts to help ensure the best possible run at any level.
This gauge is designed to give you an idea of the size of raft we are most likely to run with at different water levels. There are other factors besides water levels that we also take into consideration when determining the size of raft and number of people in each raft, they include the size, condition and experience levels of the rafters as well as the weather and water conditions and temperatures.
For those of you who do not know, a Funyak is a 1-person self-bailing raft. These are a thrill in higher water and great for lower water levels. Funyaks are perfect for even first timers and beginners, in fact they are easier to learn how to paddle than a raft. You’ll get a double-bladed kayak paddle and full instruction before the trip. Because you are alone in the raft you have more control, you don’t have to try to coordinate your paddling skills with others in the raft. Being alone also means there is less weight in the raft, which makes it easier to move around or off obstacles if you should encounter some. Just keep in mind that even though you are alone in the raft you are never alone on the river, we always have staff on hand with every trip happy to assist you.[USGS location=’04067958′ title=’Peshtigo River Wabeno, WI’]
Whitewater Rafting Trips
Early April thru thru Mid-May
$50.00 per person
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays
$45.00 per person
Monday thru Thursday
Peshtigo River Spring
Peshtigo River Spring
Spring rafting trips include
helmet, life jacket, paddle,
wetsuit & booties
Spray Jacket:$5.00 per person
Paddle Gloves:$5.00 per person
Peshtigo River Spring
Rafting Trip Times
Spring Peshtigo Trips
Saturday: 9:00 am, 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am & 1:00 pm
Monday thru Friday: 12:00 pm
Trips last 1 to 3 hours
Check-in is 1 hour before trip time
Peshtigo River Spring
WHAT TO WEAR
Whitewater Rafting Trips
Minimum 90 lbs & 10 years old
Escorted byexperienced guides
Rain fed River
Funyaks available onPeshtigo River
Peshtigo River Spring
- All rafters must be in good physical condition and unafraid of the water.
- Persons with any disabilities or medicalrestrictions, (such as Pregnancy, Obesity, Heart condition, etc.) or have any limitations which would prohibit them from participatingin a strenuous physical activity should not raft.
- We reserve the right to refuse service to any person we feel is unfit for the trip.
- Children should be 10 years of age and 90 lbs for the Peshtigo River and the Menominee River.In cases of changing water levels, age limits may be higher.
- All rafters should be prepared for all weather conditions as well as all river conditions.
- Size of raft and number of people per raft are determined on the day of the trip.
- Rafters on the Peshtigo trips should be prepared to go in the one-person funyaks if water conditions are low.
- All safety equipment issued by Kosir’s Rapid Rafts for the trip mustbe worn at all times.
- Footwear is required on all trips. Shoes should be fastened securely to the foot and over the heel.
- No bare feet or loose fitting shoes will be allowed. An old pair of gym shoes are best.
- No containers of any kind will be allowed (coolers, cans, backpacks etc.) on the trips.
- No intoxicating liquor or illegal drugs will be allowed on the rafts, or consumed during trips.
- All Rafters must sign a Raft Rental Agreement and Release of Liability form.
- Rafters under 18 years of age must also have a parent/legal guardian sign the Raft Rental Agreement and Release of Liability.(Group leaders, Siblings, Relatives, Scout Leaders, Pastors etc. ARE NOT legal guardians)
- Although we take every precaution to make our trips safe and enjoyable, there are elements of danger in white water rafting; thus you must travel at your own risk.We reserve the right to refuse service to any person
- We reserve the right to have the final say in all matters pertaining to the trips and to amend policies at any time.
- All trips and rates subject to change without notice.
- Group leaders are responsible for providing all persons in their group with all information.
Peshtigo River Whitewater Rafting Trips Summer starting mid-May and running through September, Best Whitewater Raft Trip Outfitter Wisconsin & Midwest
Starting mid-May and running through September, for beginners and intermediates, whitewater rafting trips are run in one, two, three and four place rafts.. Water conditions change daily and the actual size of the boat will be determined on the day of the your whitewater rafting trip.. Known as the “Roaring Rapids”, this five mile stretch of the Peshtigo River includes six major rapids with multiple holes, waves and eddies, and provides a great whitewater experience for first time rafters as well as experienced paddlers.. The put-in for the rafting trips on the Peshtigo River is at the Farm Dam Landing.. Five Foot Falls Rapid (Class III+) Five Foot Falls Rapid consists of a river-wide ledge and a chute on the far left.. Horserace Rapids (Class III-IV) Horserace Rapids is the longest, most continuous rapid in the Roaring Rapids section of the Peshtigo River, running about 150 yards.. It starts out with some easy waves, then throws some eddies and holes at you, and finishes up with a wave train through a narrow constriction of the river.. We run our Peshtigo River raft trips on the “Roaring Rapids” section of the Peshtigo River.. We have seen high and low water at all times of the year and there is no time when the river will consistently be at a certain level.. These are a thrill in higher water and great for lower water levels.. All rafting trips include. Paddle Gloves: $5.00per person. In cases of changing water levels, age limits may be higher.. on the trips.
Menominee River Whitewater Rafting Trips Memorial Day thru Labor Day, Guided Menominee River, Best Whitewater Raft Trip Outfitter Wisconsin & Midwest
We offer guided Menominee River trips for the hearty whitewater rafting enthusiast.. These whitewater rafting trips are run in our four to twelve place rafts under the supervision of Kosir’s professional guides and include helmets, life jackets and paddles as well as transportation from our Menominee River Outpost to river and back again.. The mighty Menominee River is a large volume river which has one of the greatest flows in the Midwest, with rapids and hydraulics similar to those of great western rivers.. Menominee River Whitewater Rafting trips are run at 10 am and 3 pm on Saturdays and 10 am on Sundays and Holidays.. Check-in time at our Menominee River Outpost is one full hour before scheduled whitewater rafting trip time.. Kosir’s Rapid Rafts only offers this whitewater rafting trip with the supervision of our guides.. We offer all Menominee River Whitewater Rafting trips in our self-bailing rafts.. (Sorry, no Funyaks allowed on the Menominee River Rafting Trips). The Menominee River is a large volume dam controlled river, with the dam located just above the raft put-in.. ARE NOT legal guardians) Although we take every precaution to make our trips safe and enjoyable, there are elements of danger in white water rafting; thus you must travel at your own risk.We reserve the right to refuse service to any person We reserve the right to have the final say in all matters pertaining to the trips and to amend policies at any time.
A canoer, kayaker and whitewater rafter's guide to the Peshtigo River in Wisconsin, Big Joe Landing to WPS Landing #12.
Another fun and challenging whitewater run is Segment P3, from Burnt Bridge to Goodman Park.. South of the CCC Bridge (P2) the river flows through more beautiful wilderness scenery with mixed pine and cedar groves frequently covering the banks.. This is a fun run for novice whitewater enthusiasts that features several long stretches of class I and class II rapids.. Two of the most scenic county parks in Wisconsin are located on the river in Segment P4, at Goodman Park and McClintock Park.. Canoe/Kayak Camping for Advanced Whitewater Enthusiasts If you're comfortable running class III-IV rapids, then the Peshtigo River is the only river in Wisconsin that offers intermediate-to-advanced whitewater camping trips for experienced paddlers.. McClintock's campground sits in a very scenic setting a half-mile south of its day-use area and the sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.. Private Campgrounds and Outdoor Adventure Resorts All of the local rafting/shuttle services have excellent campgrounds.. Both are outdoor adventure and rafting resorts that specialize in guided rafting trips on the Peshtigo and Menominee Rivers (Thornton's also offers trips on the Menominee ).. The closest campground with reservable sites is at scenic Boot Lake Campground , where all 34 sites are reservable. ". The park also features over 16 miles of hiking trails and a family campground with 106 campsites in a scenic wooded setting.. These changing water levels alter the river's character as well; during the summer and fall, what one day may be a scratchy class II boulder garden can become a roaring class III rapids, especially above the Rat River confluence near the end of Segment P4.
A whitewater canoeing, kayaking and rafting guide to the Peshtigo River in Wisconsin, Farm Dam Landing to WPS Landing #12.
When river levels are flowing within a certain range, the "Roaring Rapids" segment of the Peshtigo River provides a fantastic whitewater experience, almost 5 miles of continuous class II to class IV rapids with many fun waves, holes, eddies and chutes.. Watch for a small rocky island in the middle of the river; Third Drop Rapids - a class III - is just downstream and should be scouted!. Five Foot Falls, a short, powerful, class III+ drop is right after Third Drop Rapids.. After Five Foot Falls the river flows wide and slow through more rocky whitewater as it approaches Horserace Rapids.. River Camping for Advanced Whitewater Enthusiasts If you're comfortable paddling class III-IV rapids, then the Peshtigo River is the only river in Wisconsin that offers the opportunity for whitewater camping trips for intermediate and advanced level paddlers.. So, here's Day One (P3): put-in at Burnt Bridge Landing and spend the day running the following rapids: Michigan Rapids (class III), Upper Dells Rapids (class II), the Dells Rapids (class III), several pitches of fun class I and II rapids, a stretch of scenic flatwater, Taylor Falls (class III), and Strong Falls (class IV).. Named features include: First Drop (class III-IV), Second Drop (class III), Third Drop/Joey's Hole (class III), Five Foot Falls (class III), Horserace Rapids (class III-IV), and finally, S-Curve Rapids (class III).. First Drop & Horserace Rapids are approaching class IV at high end of this range.6.0 feetto7.0 feet (24 to 36) High runnable flows.