McDonald Island is a great 1-2 hour paddling loop. To access the Wisconsin River/McDonald Island take Business 51 South to Hwy 66 West. Continue on Hwy 66 through downtown Stevens Point and go over the Wisconsin River. Take a left on West River Drive after you cross the Clark Street bridge. Travel 1 mile until you see a boat landing on the left. Park your car in the driveway area on the left; unload your boat, kayak or canoe and paddle across the Wisconsin River to McDonald Island. The 34 acre Island features a wide diversity of wildlife species due to its proximity to the mainland and the high diversity of the forest types. Whitetail deer and gray squirrels are commonly seen. A wide variety of songbirds can be heard and seen feeding and nesting throughout the oak and maple forests. The island is a haven for wildlife within the city limits of Stevens Point. Consolidated Water, Power and Paper Company sold the island to the McDonald family in the early 1900's. The family farmed a 20 acre section of the island for the 1930's through the mid'1950's. At that time, crossing the river was accomplished on a small rocky bar from the west bank of the river to the north end of the island. The water level is much higher today, so the island is only accessible by boat. In 1969 the McDonald family donated the property to the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point College of Natural Resource program.
Island Map and Paddling Routes