I recently took a group of 4-H families on the Namekagon from County K to Whispering Pines, a pretty popular part of the river. With the group, we used Jacks Canoe Rental, which make the shuttle and travel easy. We put in at County K, which has lots of parking. There is an area to drop off boats, and then an area to park, and there were many cars there on a beautiful day. All sorts of people were around, including people with portage packs that I assume were going to stay overnight on the river.
Being a leader on this quick trip, I was paying less attention than I should to my surroundings to write about it. I will have to revamp this post in the future with more details! At first, we started out on a quick section of the river. We were swiftly carried away and had to find a place downstream to wait for the group. There are strainers on the river here, so watch out for them in the quick current. The river winds a lot, and there are some riffles and small rapids. We took a lunch at campsite 26.7, which was very spacious. All of the campsites we went by looked like it would be easy to get boats out of the water (much more so than higher up on the Namekagon, where you are bringing the boats up steep inclines where there is not much room to store them). Campsite 25.3 is closed for restoration. There was some poison ivy at the campsite, and an old chicken of the woods mushroom greeted us. We took out at Whispering Pines, which comes up out of nowhere. It was easier to see the campsite sign past it. The river is swift here too, so make sure you are able to get over to river right to get out.
Along the river, there were oak, maple, tag alder. Lots of leaves were down on this beautiful fall day, more than the rest of the woods up in Washburn County. The river must affect them turning before the rest of the trees.
There is a great deal of information on this section of the river – Paddling Northern Wisconsin by Mike Svob, Canoeing the Wild Rivers of Northwest Wisconsin and the map from the National Park Service are great resources.
Most recently paddled Sept 22, 2018