Canoeing and Kayaking

The gently flowing waters and mild currents of the Wisconsin River make it a perfect destination for paddlers of all skill levels. Kayaks and canoes can be seen throughout the miles of river. The Prairie River is also a great spot to kayak or canoe. It begins as a swift, narrow trout stream that flows through rolling hills as its gradient decreases through lowland prairie. This section starts out fairly wild and intimate but eventually meets civilization as one paddles past private property within the city limits of Merrill.

Council Grounds State Park

n1895 Council Grounds Dr, Merrill, WI  54452
Lincoln County has a long logging history with large areas owned by the logging industry that have now become recreational areas for everyone to enjoy. Camp out and hike at Council Grounds State Park and then hit Lake Alexandria or the Wisconsin River from their landings. *State park fees apply.



(715) 536-8773
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Grandfather Falls Recreation Area

WI-107, Merrill, WI  54452
The Grandfather Falls Recreation Area features a clearly marked kayak and canoe portage along the water pipeline. Be sure to keep an eye on your surroundings. This undeveloped area is an excellent spot to catch a glimpse of a deer, bear, bald eagle or even a timber wolf.


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Riverside Park

1700 O Day St, Merrill, WI  54452
If you are looking for a place to just spend your day at, Riverside Park has many things you can do to entertain all of your friends and family. There is a volleyball court, disc golf course, horseshoe pit, and a playground on the 22 acres of neighborhood park along the Wisconsin River.


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The Great Pinery Heritage Waterway

Experience an epic trip, paddling down the Great Pinery Heritage Waterway,™ a navigable water trail situated on the Wisconsin River and its tributaries. It spans several counties and is 108 miles long with public landings along the way. The Great Pinery Heritage Waterway winds through scenic forests, urban landscapes and historic sites, inviting paddlers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Great Pinery, learn about the native inhabitants and European settlers who once navigated these waters, and enjoy local attractions, food and happenings.