It’s summertime and many outdoor recreation enthusiasts are thinking about the best spots for kayaking or canoeing. The Stevens Point Area has a variety of paddling options, for beginner to advanced paddlers. These top 4 paddling routes will help to give a taste of what you can find in the region, for paddlers of all experience levels.

1. Lake Joanis

Located in the Schmeeckle Reserve, Lake Joanis is a great spot for learning the basics of canoeing and kayaking. The calm waters allow for great practice along with tree cover to block some wind and no motorboat traffic to distract paddlers on their journey. When you’re done with paddling, explore the reserve further by fishing, exploring, hiking the trails, or viewing wildlife located within the reserve. You can begin by driving to the parking lot next to the Schmeeckle Visitor Center just off of Northpoint Drive. Additional parking is located along Maria Drive which is south of the Lake.  

2. Tomorrow River Paddling Route

One popular spot that gets much-deserved attention in the Stevens Point Area is the Tomorrow River. This intermediate level path displays the historic Rising Star Mill in Nelsonville and will keep fishermen enthralled with the river’s stock of and Trout. Surround yourself with woods and field and breath in the Wisconsin air. Plan to park one car at the Rising Star Mill in Nelsonville just off of First Street and plan to park a second vehicle in Amherst along Highway T or Highway DD. 

Hit the water and paddle the backwaters and sloughs of the Wisconsin River in the Stevens Point Area    Paddling in the Stevens Point Area

3. Mill Creek Paddling Route

For advanced paddlers, Mill Creek is a challenging seven-mile stream with rocky ledges. While this route is tricky, paddlers will be able to enjoy the scenery that this section has to offer. At the end, paddlers will find themselves at West River Drive. This adventure is sure to grab the attention of a true outdoorsman. Begin to explore at County Road C in Stevens Point. Plan to end the day seven miles downstream at the Mill Creek Road Boat Landing.

4. Plover River

For an estimated three hour journey, depending on water levels and flow, try paddling the Upper Plover River for a route filled with wildlife and a peaceful and quiet surrounding. Spot out the pan fish but avoid the rocky stretch downstream. Plover River is an all-time favorite for those who want to view the changing of the fall colors. Unload your gear at the intersection of Bentley Road and the Plover River in Custer, where you will begin. Plan to finish the route in Jordan Park, where your vehicle can stay in the lot located just off Highway Y. 

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A Helpful Tip

If you want to begin your water adventure but don’t own a canoe or kayak, check out local outfitters who offer outdoor rentals. Learn more about each of these local businesses and what they offer before planning your adventure.