Paddling in Jackson County

Jackson County provides a unique paddling experience that compares to many hot paddling destinations.  The Black River hosts sections ranging in difficulty and provides opportunity for paddlers of any skill level.  One does not need to travel to fill their paddling desires because luckily Jackson County holds some of the most scenic paddling options in Wisconsin.

Friends of the Black River

The Friends of the Black River is a citizen-led organization that is a well-informed, respected, active contributor to projects and decision-making enhancing the river and its watershed. Friends of the Black River provides opportunites to the public by offering open paddles and other events to promote the sport of paddling in the Jackson County Area.  To learn more about Friends of the Black River, visit  

Black River Map

Additional Information and Maps


Jackson County is lucky enough to hold kayak and canoe rental shops up and down the Black River. Many of the shops also include a shuttle service that drops you off and picks you up for your convenience. Businesses in Jackson County that provide paddle renting include: