Rusk County, WI
Let your vacation flow in Rusk County, home to four beautiful rivers and discover one of Rusk County's 250 beautiful lakes and flowages of all sizes, from backcountry ponds to one of Wisconsin's largest flowages, as well as 16 Class-A musky lakes. Rivers and streams add another 140 miles of water for anglers and boaters to enjoy. Musky, walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie, northern pike, catfish and sturgeon can be found in Rusk County. During the winter, the county offers first-class ice fishing opportunities Click on the logo to discover all about the area
Ride. Cast. Hike. Glide.
In the heart of Ladysmith you'll find a fantastic fishing spot. Ladysmith Flowage covers 268 acres and contains musky, panfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, sturgeon and catfish. There's a public boat landing off Everett Avenue. The flowage offers nice views of Ladysmith in Memorial Park and each July it holds the nighttime Venetian Boat Parade, a spectacle of lights, boats and fireworks.
Explore a wild and beautiful county
The land of four rivers has so much to do on and off the water. Experience spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and expansive public lands. Whether you're looking to cast a line or ride down a forest trail, Rusk County is the place for you.
Rusk County's diverse waters set it apart from other Northwoods destinations, and there's something for every paddler. Adventurous paddlers can run stretches of churning rapids. New paddlers and families with kids will find plenty of quiet water to float. Long-haul paddlers can find many great multi-day trips with camping spots along the way. There are places to put in all over the county, so you're never far from your next adventure.
Flambeau River - Big Falls Dam to Ladysmith
This stretch of the Flambeau River is one of the most relaxing and scenic. The journey from the Big Falls Dam to Ladysmith takes seven hours. The slow current and great fishing make this a day trip for anglers and paddlers of all ability levels. Josie Creek County Park, located just two miles downstream from the put-in, offers camping, complete with electricity, showers and pit toilets. A portage is necessary at the Dairyland Dam, and you'll find a campground there as well. The trip ends at Memorial Park in Ladysmith.
Chippewa River - Bruce to the Flambeau River
A century ago, this mighty river was the main transport route for timber coming out of the Northwoods. This trip offers dependable water levels year-round. It takes nine hours of easy paddling to get from the put-in near the bridge in Bruce to the take-out just above the confluence with the Flambeau River. Along the way, enjoy great fishing for smallmouth, musky, walleye and even catfish. The river bends in several places into giant oxbows, offering some deep pools that attract fish throughout the year.
In many places, beautiful high banks rise up on both sides of the river. Birdwatchers should keep an eye out for common loons, wood ducks, mergansers and heron.