The Best Kayaking in Wisconsin

Looking for the best kayaking in Wisconsin? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Wisconsin. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top kayaking spots in and near Wisconsin

  • Bayfield, Wisconsin

    Kayak to the Sand Island Sea Caves

    4.5
    Sand Island is a part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore near Bayfield, Wisconsin. You can (and will want to) explore the sea caves of Sand Island for hours, and this adventure will leave you wanting to explore more of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.GETTING THEREYou will start your...
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  • Superior, Wisconsin

    Hike to Big and Little Manitou Falls in Pattison State Park

    4.0
    2 mi
    Pattison State Park is a Northwoods paradise. Home to Big and Little Manitou Falls, water is a main attraction here. Big Manitou Falls is across the highway from the main park (accessible by a tunnel) and is the fourth tallest waterfall east of the rocky mountains. This is a great place to start ...
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  • Wisc Dells, Wisconsin

    Kayak the Wisconsin River in the Dells

    4.5
    Just minutes away from the hullabaloo of downtown Wisconsin Dells is the perfect spot to launch a kayak and paddle the Wisconsin River. Finding a place to launch a kayak on the Wisconsin River can be tricky but we found the perfect spot. To get there drive through downtown Wisconsin Dells and tak...
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  • La Pointe, Wisconsin

    Camp on Stockton Island

    5.0
    To get out to the Apostle Islands you have to travel by boat. Many people choose to sea kayak, but with small kids we opted to take the ferry/taxi through the Apostle Islands concierge (apostleisland.com ). However, there was one man who brought his kayak over on the ferry and then paddled around...
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  • Necedah, Wisconsin

    Camp at Buckhorn State Park

    3.5
    Buckhorn State Park is located just off of Interstate 94, halfway between Milwaukee and Minneapolis. The park occupies the end of a large peninsula that cuts into the Castle Rock Flowage of the Wisconsin River.Forty two backpack sites line the outer ring of the peninsula, arranged in clusters of ...
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  • Bayfield, Wisconsin

    Kayak to the Mainland Sea Caves

    5.0
    GETTING THERE Start your paddle from Meyer’s Beach just off of Highway 13. There is a $5 fee to park in the lot at Meyer’s Beach. At the parking lot there is an area to unload your gear near the stairs that lead to the lake, down which you will need to carry your boat & gear. The area is usua...
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  • La Pointe, Wisconsin

    Camp on Madeline Island

    5.0
    The largest of Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, Madeline Island is about the size of Manhattan, but extremely sparsely populated and a great place to explore a north woods ecosystem. The best way to get to the island is by ferry from Bayfield to La Pointe. From La Pointe, it is about a ten minute dri...
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  • La Pointe, Wisconsin

    Camp at Big Bay State Park

    5.0
    Make a reservation (fees here) to secure a campsite. Find your campsite by entering GPS coordinates 46° 47' 18" N, 90° 40' 25" W or by using this map. Take advantage of the beautiful setting you are in! Take a dip in Lake Superior or go for a trek through beautiful Wisconsin nature. 
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  • Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

    Kayak from Schauer Park to Cave Point County Park

    5.0
    From the intersection of Schauer Road and N. Cave Point Drive in Jacksonport, WI, take Schauer Road towards the lake. You will see a gravel parking area at the entrace to the park and a small boat launch at the shore. Unpack your kayaks, and then park your car at one side of the gravel lot.Once i...
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  • Bayfield, Wisconsin

    Kayak around Madeline Island

    Unless you're kayaking directly to Madeline Island, you can pick up the ferry in Bayfield and rent kayaks in La Pointe. If you're getting there with your own, start at Big Bay State Park and paddle to the south side of the island to see the sea caves. Then head back to the beach at Big Bay for l...
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  • Trempealeau, Wisconsin

    Canoe the Voyageurs Loop, Perrot State Park

    Perrot State Park, located in Wisconsin's Driftless Region, is home to many tall bluffs, including Brady's Bluff and Trempealeau Mountain. Many elevated hikes give you a wonderful view of the Mississippi River and its surrounding bluffs, but the real treasure is seeing this area from the water by...
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  • Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    Kayak or Canoe through Mirror Lake

    5.0
    Wonderful spot to go kayaking, once you enter the park, follow the signs for the "boat launch". It will be the 2nd road on your left as you drive through the park. This park is perfect for camping, kayaking, and minimal hiking.  Kayaking is open in the summer and fall, and you can rent it by the ...
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  • Woodruff, Wisconsin

    Hike or Bike the NHAL Raven Trails

    The Raven Trails are located adjacent to Clear Lake Campground in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. Start at the Woodruff Road entrance for access to some of Wisconsin northwood's best Mountain biking trails as well as 4 looped hiking trails. The 1.2mi Nature Yellow Trail is gre...
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  • Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

    Hike around the Lake at Menomonee Park

    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    Hiking around this lake at all times of the year is fun. You can park by the beach on any side of the lake and you are greeted with breathtaking views of Menomonee Park's pond, or "Lannon Quarry" as others have called it. It will take you about 30 minutes to hike the whole thing if you are explor...
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  • La Pointe, Wisconsin

    Kayak at Big Bay State Park

    Hop aboard the Madeline Island Ferry and head over to the largest Apostle Island. Bring your own kayak (atop your car) or rent one in La Pointe, Madeline Island's lively and eclectic town. Then make your way down Highway H to Hagen Road (a drive of 6 miles) to Big Bay State Park. Launch from beau...
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  • Fish Creek, Wisconsin

    Camp in Peninsula State Park

    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    Peninsula State Park is a sought after campground in the state of Wisconsin, usually booked months in advance. This is where you have to put in the work. You book your campsites through the main state park website here. Now if you're a bit of a rebel, there are ALWAYS walk-in campsites available,...
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