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Namekagon River in northwest Wisconsin
Feb 21st, 2003 at 4:46pm
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I've seen this pretty river many times from Highway 63 which parallels or crosses it at several points along the way.  Who has paddled and/or camped along it, and what were your experiences?

Happy Trails...
  
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Reply #1 - Feb 25th, 2003 at 10:09am
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I have paddled & fished the Namekagon several different times but never camped on it, but their are many options for camping. I have a book called "Canoeing the rivers of northern wisconsin" if you're interested email me & I'll try to find it and let you know the publisher.
  
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Reply #2 - Mar 21st, 2003 at 6:58pm
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Last summer I took my two daughters , ages 11 and 13 for an overnighter on the Namakagon. We had a blast. We camped at the Howel Landing. Huge , free campground.We paddled down river 10 miles on Saturday, and shuttled back w/ friends. We shuttled up river and paddled 13 miles down river on Sunday. This was an annual trip organized by the Minnesota River Ramblers. You don't have to be a member to go along. We went, knowing no one, and were made to feel very welcome. We had 20 people sitting around a huge group campfire Sat night. I made a lot of new friends. You can contact the MN. Canoe Association to get a scedule of the MN.River Ramblers summer outings. See you there this spring.
  
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Re: Namekagon River in northwest Wisconsin
Reply #3 - Mar 23rd, 2003 at 10:09am
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That's great, Husky.  Thanks for the invitation.  I'm definitely going to work in a paddle on the Namekagon this summer sometime.

If anyone else has experiences on this pretty river, please post them here.  I'd like to hear them.

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Re: Namekagon River in northwest Wisconsin
Reply #4 - Jul 17th, 2003 at 1:01pm
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. This was an annual trip organized by the Minnesota River Ramblers. You don't have to be a member to go along. We went, knowing no one, and were made to feel very welcome. We had 20 people sitting around a huge group campfire Sat night. I made a lot of new friends. You can contact the MN. Canoe Association to get a scedule of the MN.River Ramblers summer outings. See you there this spring.


Isn't that trip happening this weekend (July 19 & 20)?
  
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Reply #5 - Feb 8th, 2005 at 11:46am
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Hi there -- I won't write much here in case this string isn't really being checked anymore, but I have paddled the Namekagon many times and like it a lot.  The camping is great, the fishing is great (although I don't know this first hand) and the wildlife is abundant.  It's a great river to do with kids, too.

Let me know if you want more info, I'd be happy to provide it.
  
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Re: Namekagon River in northwest Wisconsin
Reply #6 - Feb 9th, 2005 at 10:59am
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Jackfish,

My Dad lives in Stone Lake...about 5 miles from the Namekagon. Floated it many times including the last time last August.

This river has it all depending on what you are looking for. North of Hayward it is a smaller deeper stream; great trout fishing. From Lake Hayward south there is a mix of fast and flat. From about Hwy E to Earl Landing there are a bunch of campsites and lots of wildlife with a few stretches of rapids. The closer you get to Trego, especially below, there are lots of tubers and paddlers (in the summer).

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Happy Paddling,

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Re: Namekagon River in northwest Wisconsin
Reply #7 - Feb 13th, 2005 at 2:42pm
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I just noticed this thread. I've paddled the Nam at least a dozen or so times, have camped out on it on various stretches just outside of Hayward, all the way to the St. Croix. I'd be happy to add any info if anyone has more questions.
  
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Re: Namekagon River in northwest Wisconsin
Reply #8 - Feb 13th, 2005 at 7:11pm
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Lay it on us, Northwoods!  Anyone who's paddled the Namakagon a dozen times should have some good experiences to share and some campsites, etc. to recommend.

How long does it take to paddle from Hayward to Trego? 

Have any trip reports for us?
  
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Re: Namekagon River in northwest Wisconsin
Reply #9 - Feb 14th, 2005 at 10:37am
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Hayward to Trego in a day but that represents a fairly agressive paddle....depending on where you put in in Hayward.  If you travel south on 63 and put in along there it shortens it quite a bit.

If you put in right in Hayward and make a weekend of it and camp overnight it would be a nice trip to Trego.

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