2016 Paddle Namekagon River Day 4

Happy Earth Day,

We have big news today! For people looking for a shorter adventure, SCRA is offering an opportunity to paddle along with the week-long 2016 Paddle Namekagon for just 3 days and 3 nights from June 12-15. Over the years, we’ve had a lot of people ask for a shorter option for our river trips. We thought we’d give it a try this year.

The registration fee for this shorter trip option is $200 which covers shuttle, transportation of gear along the route, 3 nights of camping, daytime and evening educational programs, and 4 meals. The deadline to register has been extended to May 15 for both options. See the Schedule page to read more about each River Day included in the 3-day option.

If you’d like to add some comfort to your trip, there are still some rooms available at the Lenroot Lodge and Comfort Suites. Visit the Schedule page to learn more about the overnight options and details for each day of the trip.

Stinnett, Namekagon River
Stinnett, Namekagon River

50 Days to River Time

I am often asked how to pack for this trip. My best advice is to plan for cool, rainy weather, and hope you can shed the layers. While this spring has been somewhat mild, it’s impossible to know if that means a warm, dry summer. Northern Wisconsin weather conditions can change very quickly. I highly recommend bringing a quick-wicking base layer, good rain gear, and of course a swimsuit. Pack well, but don’t over pack. A good basic what-to-bring list can be found on the Trip Planning section of the website. Also on that page is a downloadable gear list that has a bit more detail.

Some people have switched from duffle bags to plastic tubs for either their gear or for food items. It’s a practice we encourage. Tubs stack well and can be easily labeled. Please do keep in mind that each person is limited to 50 pounds of gear in two bags or tubs, plus a tent.

Take care, and we’ll see you on the River,

Deb Ryun


River Day 4 – Wednesday, June 15

N. Springbrook to Trego (15 miles)

Good morning and welcome to River Day 4. The weather forecast is for clear skies, with a high of 78 degrees and an overnight low of 48 degrees.

Communal cooking at the end of the day makes for happy campers.
Communal cooking at the end of the day makes for happy campers.

After breaking camp and preparing for the day, the nice folks at Camp Namekagon will take you and your gear back to the river and your boat. It’ll be another day with a nice mix of paddle conditions. The float to Trego is about 15 miles and is another beauty; this stretch of river is heavily used for fishing and, in warm weather, tubing.

Downstream from Springbrook, the river is mostly calm with a few small riffles and rapids. After Big Bend Landing the river widens, slows further, becomes sandy, and is an easy paddle. Midway through the day, look river right for Earl Landing. It’s a nice rest stop and National Park Ranger Jeff Butler will give a fly fishing demonstration between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

After Earl Landing, the river becomes more narrow and has a few rapids. You’ll also want to keep your eyes open for evidence of where the Namekagon Farm and Veazie Dam once stood. Both sites played important roles during the river’s logging era.

Both canoes and kayaks work well on the Namekagon Photo © Sue Plankis
Both canoes and kayaks work well on the Namekagon
Photo © Sue Plankis

Take out will be at Log Cabin Resort and Campground (river left) just past Jack’s and before the highway bridge. Log Cabin has a small store with snacks, souvenirs, and pay showers if you’re interested. Dinner options are available on your own within walking distance. This is your last night for optional cabin rental along the trip. If you would like to reserve a cabin at Log Cabin Resort and Campground, call 715-635-2959 or 1-877-867-6757.

Park Ranger Joan Jacobowski will lead a nature hike for those interested, and later in the evening, Matt Berg will give his famous talk on mussels of the Riverway.

For paddlers on the 3-day trip, this is the last stop on your adventure with us. Shuttles will take you and your gear back to your vehicles in Seeley.

We hope you find these what-to-expect posts useful! Watch for the overview of River Day 5 coming your way next week.