Kayak Lake Wausau


Added by Tammy Molepske

Dip your paddle in to explore the many unique niches of Lake Wausau.

Kayaking on Lake Wausau lends to many adventures with bird watching at the Rookery as one of the most rewarding.

On the south end of old Snake Bridge, now called McCleary on 17th Avenue, a small landing on Mallard Lane provides a less crowded location to drop your kayaks and easily park. Here you don’t have to contend with boat traffic rocking your course. Take the river channel under the bridge and circle around to the herons’ nesting territory. The Rookery Park on 17th also offers parking, water access and shoreline enjoyment.

Alternatively head up river to a welcoming sand bar, around towards the Wisconsin River passing Fern and Oak Islands or jaunt across to the lagoons bordering the County Club.

With so many places to explore, Lake Wausau via kayak is a real treat in the small metropolis of Marathon County.

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Known for

Stand Up Paddle
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole



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Plenty to Explore

The Eau Claire River and the Rib River merge with the WI river to form Lake Wausau. It's a beautiful area perfect for kayaking, swimming, and fishing. Lake Wausau is both scenic and provides you with a diverse range of recreational opportunities. Please pick up any garbage you see in or near the lake - it is becoming a growing issue and every little thing you do helps! :)

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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