Great Pinery Heritage Waterway

Discover a paddler's paradise in the heart of Northcentral Wisconsin!

108 Miles Pinery35 Landings100% fun

Paddle, hike, bike, fish and sightsee at the Outdoor Recreation Capital™ of Wisconsin!

The Great Pinery Heritage Waterway™ is a navigable water trail located in Northcentral Wisconsin. Situated on the Wisconsin River and its tributaries, the trail spans several counties and is 108 miles long.

The Great Pinery Heritage Waterway winds through scenic forests, urban landscapes and historic sites, inviting paddlers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Great Pinery, learn about the native inhabitants and European settlers who once navigated these waters, and enjoy local attractions, food and happenings.

With mild temperatures throughout the season, the Great Pinery Heritage Waterway is a pleasant paddle for recreational and advanced paddlers alike. Several water trail segments offer diverse paddling experiences and you are sure to find one that will appeal to you and your group. Plentiful landings, clear signage, and good overall internet reception make for a stress-free trip.

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There are twenty-three (23) landings in Lincoln County and twenty-five (25) landings in Marathon County.  You can experience the quiet and wildlife of a northern pine paddle, and/or the fun that awaits in an urban paddle.  Choose your options from Moderate to Easy routes!  Whitewater experiences will also be coming soon!

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The Wonder of Water Jun 07

The Wonder of Water

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The Wonder of Water The Great Pinery Heritage Waterway, newly designated by the DNR…