Canoeing & Boating

Canoeing and Boating in Central Wisconsin


The Mead is a great place to explore by canoe. Many of it’s flowages are easily accessed and have excellent wildlife viewing on flat water. Paddling the Mead will put the paddler in a near wilderness setting, and offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Wisconsin.

Places to Go: 

  • Rice Lake Flowage: Put in from Smoky Hill Road (except when refuge is in effect- September 1st - December 10th) and park at Smoky Hill parking lot.
  • Berkhahn Flowage: Put in from parking lot on Cty Rd S south of the bridge. Paddle the original channel of the Little Eau Pleine River to the dike. Portage the dike into Berkhahn Flowage.
  • Bear Creek: Put in from Cty Rd H parking lot. Watch for otters and other wildlife signs.
  • Rangeline Flowage: Portage from gate leading to Rangeline Flowage from Rangeline Road. Park at the lot on the other side of Rangeline Road.
*Caution should be taken when paddling the channelized Little Eau Pleine River.  
It’s many obstructions provide valuable wildlife habitat,                                                  but are extremely challenging for paddlers.*


Kayaking in Central Wisconsin Kayaking is allowed on the flowages at Mead and McMillan. No motorized boats are allowed on the Mead property, except on the river which can be accessed from landings on Highway O or on Highway S when the water is traversable.  Electric motors are also prohibited except on the river. Otherwise, access to the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir is on the North end of the property off of Highway C at George’s Boat Landing.

No motorized boats are allowed on McMillan Marsh Area.  For future reference, here is the statute NR 45.11(4)(u) regarding McMillan boating regulations.

For other canoeing opportunities in the Stevens Point Area, please check out their   website.