Jack’s Canoe Rental was started in early 60’s, renting canoes and inner tubes to resort customers on the Namekagon River. Today, we are a fourth generation family owned business. We have adapted with the paddle sports community to include Canoes, Kayaks, Standup Paddleboards (SUP’s), and Inner Tubes. Our staff has over 160 years of outfitting experience on the River. We take pride in being the most established outfitter on the River. We invite you to explore our website, and please give us feed back if we are lacking information in any area. We really appreciate feedback and comments to post to our future customers.
The Namekagon River (pronounced NAM-uh-KAH-gun) is a tributary of the St. Croix River. It is approximately 95 mi (155 km) long and is located in northwestern Wisconsin in the United States. Its course is protected as part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
The Namekagon River varies from an intimate cold-water trout stream, closed in by a predominantly coniferous forest, to a slow-moving body of water which flows through marsh and swamp land. A narrow, twisting river, it is best navigated by canoe or kayak.
According to the Geographic Names Information System, the river’s name has also been spelled Namakagon and Namekagan. Its name is derived from the Ojibwe language Namekaagong-ziibi, meaning “River at the place abundant with Sturgeons.”
The Namekagon River issues from Namekagon Lake in southeastern Bayfield County and flows southwestwardly through Sawyer and Washburn Counties, past Hayward, and northwestwardly into Burnett County, where it joins the St. Croix, 45 mi (72 km) south of the city of Superior. Near its mouth it collects the Totagatic River.
The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers offer 252 miles of clean water gliding past a lush green landscape, with glimpses of a human presence. Choose to canoe and camp amid the north woods, or boat and fish surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns. This river corridor provides a wealth of scenic views and a haven for wildlife.
The Namekagon Is well known in the area for its beauty. Many species of wildlife are abundant for viewing in their natural state. The Namekagon has been quoted as “a great alternative to the increasingly busy boundary waters”.
In 1968 Congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to protect streams and rivers that were still relatively free flowing and possessing unique scenic beauty or ecological significance. Eight rivers were included in the original act. One was the St.Croix River with its main tributary, the Namekagon River. They are among the cleanest and most pristine river systems in the Midwest. The Riverway embraces significant resources centered around the free-flowing, high quality waters and their riparian environments. Diverse habitats explain the variety of plants and animals. The rivers are nurseries for many common flying insects such as dragonflies and mosquitoes, as well as homes for many aquatic insects. The variety of fish ranges from minnows to muskies. The rivers also contain the greatest diversity of mussels in the Upper Mississippi River system.