You are responsible for your own safety. Know your paddling abilities and the abilities of your group. The Safety page includes information about water safety and rules.
Reported river conditions are based on water flow on the dates and times listed below. The data is obtained from:
Volume of river flow in cubic feet per second (CFS) at five monitored stations - U.S. Geological Survey,
River level heights observed by park personnel and volunteers at two locations.
River conditions can vary greatly along the 255-mile Riverway due to precipitation and location.
River users should:
Consult the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website (links in section below);
Contact the outfitter if using one for rental of equipment and/or shuttling with site specific questions; or
Contact the Namekagon River Visitor Center to speak with a ranger: 715-635-8346.
River levels are described in the following ways:
Very High: see emergency alert at the top of the page.
High: high and fast water, paddlers should use caution and plan accordingly.
Good: sufficient water for paddling canoes and kayaks.
Low: dragging of canoes and kayaks may be needed in areas.
Very low: dragging of canoes and kayaks will be required in areas.
Extremely Low: water flow is so minimal that paddling a canoe or kayak for an extended period would be difficult; dragging of canoes and kayaks will be required in areas.
The National Park Service works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state, tribal, and local public health authorities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners. More information is available at: https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm The National Park Service urges visitors to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
River Conditions Reports have been discontinued until the spring of 2024.