For beginner skilled paddlers;
Two boat landings are available; Business 51 adjacent to the bridge and the end of Heffron St. Put in points are also available at Kozcizkowski Park. Caution: stay away from the dam by the Business 51 landing, do not go near it. As you proceed under the bridge look for many cliff swallow nests. Next, proceed across the pond toward the power lines about one-half mile upstream. Across the pond and on the left is an Osprey nest on one of the telephone poles; binoculars allow you to see nestlings in early spring. Continue upstream along the north shore to a channel on your left. Enter the channel and continue through until you come to a culvert going under the road. Your canoe or kayak will fit through the culvert. Continue paddling up the channel and you will eventually come back to the main body of water (McDill Pond). Turn right and head south under the power lines, across the main channel, under the bridge and back to the boat landing. Allow 2-3 hours for this trip. Nice flat water paddling, but can become choppy on windy days.
McDill Pond is a 261 acre hard water impoundment, located in the Village of Whiting, near Stevens Point. McDill Pond has a maximum depth of 14 feet and a bottom consisting of primarily sand, with some gravel, silt, and muck. McDill Pond has a long history, dating back to 1853 when the original dam was first constructed for logging purposes. There is a small park below the dam that serves an abundance of waterfowl and an osprey nest near the northern tip of this urban pond. Pan-fish and large-mouth bass are the common fish species in McDill, with small-mouth bass and northern pike also present. A public boat launch is present on the east shore of the pond.
Pond Map and Paddling Routes