Great Wisconsin summer destinations

Northeast Wisconsin rivers offer excitement, relaxation

CREATED Jun 5, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Northeast Wisconsin draws whitewater rafters from across the Midwest.

"We are on the Wolf River and the Peshtigo River is within 60 miles," said Brian Peters, who owns Shotgun Eddy.

The section of river on which Shotgun Eddy offers trips is in Langlade and Menominee Counties. There are different trips available with different classes of rapids.

"They range from Class II to Class IV, depending on how high or high low the water is that day," Peters said.

The highest and wildest water is in spring and early summer, when the snow melts and the rain falls. But it's also usually pretty cold.

"We generally don't get high water and warm temperatures at the same time. But if you have the old spirit to go when the water is cool, we do have wetsuits available," said Peters.

Rafting isn't just for experienced paddlers.

"We have many families that come up," he explained. "And we have different trips to accomodate any family or age group."

If rafting isn't for you, there are more relaxing options for fun on the water as well.

"We do the inner tubes generally after about the 15th of July. Our water levels generally do fluctuate. [By that time], some of our Class II rapids are down to a Class I, which you can use the inner tubes on," said Peters.

As with any water sport, there are risks. Safety is a top priority at Shotgun Eddy.

"We give safety tips, we stress that [rafters] wear life jackets, and we would not send anyone into harms way. We definitely monitor the water levels."

Most of the customers who raft at Shotgun Eddy aren't even from Wisconsin. They're from Illinois.

"I would like to see a lot more people from Wisconsin, because I don't think they know what a jewel we have up here on the Wolf River," said Peters.

The Wolf River offers something for everyone. It can be either very relaxing or it'll get your adrenaline pumping.

"If you like wilderness, if you like the outdoors, I think you would very much enjoy rafting on Wisconsin's rivers."

For more information about rafting at Shotgun Eddy, click here.