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The new season of river adventures is upon us. We would like to invite everyone to join us for the adventure of a lifetime. There is no shortage of things to do and see when you're on the Namekagon River. Whether you're into tubing, canoeing, or kayaking we have something for everyone to enjoy. Get your friends and family together and come spend a day on the river. Start planing your adventure today!
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If you want to make some memories that will last a lifetime... in a place where serenity and peace are within reach... this is the place to go! Jack's Canoe rental has been #1 in our book for years... excellent staff, helpful and always a smile! See you soon!
Our tubing trips are approximately 3 to 3/1/2 hours. Park your car at “Jack’s”, register and we shuttle you up-river to the start point. You end your trip at “Jack’s” where your car is located. Come early, and you can go as many times as you want at no extra charge!
River shoes are recommended when tubing. Good quality water shoes can be purchased at Jack’s for $14.99. Tubes are a comfortable heavy duty 30 gauge vinyl with cup holder, available with or without backrest. Large cooler rafts are available to rent.
Tubing Rates (Includes parking, tube rental, life jackets, unlimited shuttle all day & carabiner tethers)
- Adults: $17
- Children (under 13): $14
- Cooler Raft: $10
For more information please visit our tube rental page
Canoe and kayak trips range in length from two hours, three hours, four hours, five hours, six hours, seven hours, overnight, to several days.
Our canoes are 16’9″ with two seats. They are very stable and provide for a comfortable quiet day on the river. The models we carry are old town discovery 169(polyethylene). (backrest available for rent or purchase); 2 adults recommended, 3 adults max. or 2 adults and 2 children max. For overnight trip with camping gear 2 adults maximum.
For more information please visit our canoe rental page
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Jack’s Outfitters is proudly serving 14 flavors of Wisconsin’s Best Chocolate Shoppe hand dipped ice cream! Flavors change weekly so stop by and enjoy a scoop at Trego’s premiere ice cream destination!Learn More
APPAREL, SOUVENIRS, RIVER SUPPLIES & MORE
Jack’s Outfitters sells a variety of apparel from hats to hoodies and all of the river supplies you will need to make your adventure the most memorable. Come visit us for all of your Namekagon River accessories and essentials!Learn More
Experience The Adventure
You're going to love being on the river. When you're on the scenic Namekagon River you get to experience the sun, the breeze, the water, and all the fun that you can have. There is so much to do, see, and enjoy when you spend your time with us on the river. Come, check it out, and find out for yourself how much fun Namekagon River can be.
Jack's River MapsNamekagon Dam to Hayward Map Hayward to Trego Map Trego to Riverside Map Riverside to Sand Creek Map Namekagon River Paddling Guide (w/mileage chart) St. Croix River Paddling Guide (w/mileage chart) NPS Canoe and Kayak Safety Brochure Call or email us to plan your overnight camping/canoeing trip. Or write to us on the contact us page.
Riverway Camping:National Park Service (NPS) shoreline campsites are primitive, and only accommodate tent camping. State and private campgrounds in the area offer vehicle camping and more facilities. Motels, cabins and resorts are also located in the vicinity of the Riverway. NPS campsites are mainly accessible by water; there are a few sites accessible by parking the vehicle and carrying equipment in. Upstream of the hydroelectric dam (St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls), camping is permitted only in designated sites. A three night-per- site limit is enforced. A time limit of seven nights per site exists downstream of the hydroelectric dam, where there are camping zones. More camping information is available on the Riverway website: www.nps.gov/sacn or at any Riverway visitor center.
Namekagon River (Hayward to St. Croix/Namekagon Confluence)Unofficial Namekagon River Level: 1200 09/02/2023
Water levels are obtained unofficially and are for reference only. There is no guarantee the level or range information is accurate. Please contact the NPS for any warnings or closures on the river way. Jack's Canoe Rental will not rent or shuttle boats when water levels are deemed unsafe. Jack's water level information is gathered in part from the electronic USGS St. Croix River gauge near Danbury, Wi and our unofficial river gauge at Jack's landing in Trego, WI. We also take into consideration weather forecasts, visitor input and visual watermarks from various landings on the Namekagon River. Please contact us for more information or questions on current water levels. Jack's Trego gauge is 75% of the gauge number and is measured at the 50 year average normal height of 1400. +/- 1" equals +/-100 on the range chart. ( gauge of 1700 would be 3 inches above normal height). 12 1/2% of the gauge is taken from the USGS ST. Croix river gauge. 12 1/2 % of the gauge is taken from the previous and future weather and precipitation forecasts, watermarks at Namekagon river landings and visitor input. We don't have any way to control or monitor the amount of water being released from the Energy dams in Hayward and Trego. Please use this gauge as a reference to help plan your trip. Assume this gauge number has a 0% accuracy.
Extremely high conditions: 4500+
(Water moves at 4mph+ and requires advanced skills to maneuver around rocks and corners. Use extreme caution and check with NPS for warnings and river closures)
High Conditions: 2800-4500
(Water moves at 3.5-4mph with intermediate and advanced skills required to steer around hazards)
(Water moves at 2.5-3.5 mph with minor hazard areas. Conditions are ideal for canoeing/kayaking without scraping on gravel bars)
(Water moves at 2-3 mph with minor hazards. Some minor scraping on gravel bars or rocks in some sections of river)
Below Normal: 700-1100
(Water moves at 2-3 mph with minor hazards. Scouting may be required to avoid gravel bars or rocks. Polyethylene canoes recommended)
Low: under 700
(Water moves at 2-3 mph with minor hazards. Polyethylene canoe and kayaks recommended. Weight limits in canoes should be considered)
Tent Camping at Jack's
"Jacks" offers limited/primitive tent camping, with comparable amenities to that found on the riverway campsites. (Jacks does not have a shower house, flush toilets or electric hookups for campers and RVs.)
Camping is $25.00 per night per tent, (there is no exception, each tent will be charged per night). We do not charge per site. There is a 2 night minimum for weekends during the summer.
- Quiet hours are from 11pm-8am. Campers are asked to respect neighboring camp sites. Music, yelling or loud talking are prohibited after 11pm.
- Bringing in firewood to our campground is strictly prohibited. Firewood is available for purchase in our office until 8pm.
- Bringing your own tubes, rafts, canoes, & kayaks is prohibited. Our Campground is reserved for those renting equipment. Our property and landings are private, and are only accessible by those renting equipment from Jack’s.
- All camping units must be registered in the office before you enter the campsite. Any camping units that are not registered by 7pm will result in the reservation holder being charged. Camping units include but aren't limited to: Tents, campers, vehicles, hammocks, sleeping bags and chairs.
- Fireworks are illegal in Wisconsin and prohibited on NPS property and Jack's property.
Please call or email us to make reservations for camping as early as you can. Weekends fill up fast. Please leave name, dates you would like
to camp, arrival time, how many people you will have, how many tents. Also include general ages of the group and a brief description of how you intend to spend your evenings (family campfire songs, early to bed, staying up late socializing, etc.).
Each site is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. Satellite toilets are located near the campsites. Drinking water and firewood is available at Jack's. Our campsites are conveniently located near our canoe and tube landing.
The Riverbend Bar and Restaurant is located next to our campground and will periodically host live band music. Please visit hubsriverbend.com for more details and menu. DinnerBell restaurant and Prime Bar and Dining are located 1/2 mile from our campground.
National Park Service (NPS) shoreline campsites are primitive, and only accommodate tent camping. State and private campgrounds in the area offer vehicle camping and more facilities. Motels, cabins and resorts are also located in the vicinity of the Riverway.
NPS campsites are mainly accessible by water; there are a few sites accessible by parking the vehicle and carrying equipment in. Upstream of the hydroelectric dam (St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls), camping is permitted only in designated sites.
A three night-per- site limit is enforced. A time limit of seven nights per site exists downstream of the hydroelectric dam, where there are camping zones.
Delivered to Your Lake!
We deliver to areas around Spooner, Shell Lake, Minong, Hayward & Birchwood
*Delivery/pickup times are typically between 6am-9am or 6pm-9pm.
*Delivery available outside of 25 miles, please call or email for rates.
*Prices are not associated or valid for Jack's Namekagon River trips.
*Must pre-pay by phone or by stopping in. WI state sales tax 5.5%
*Transport yourself available, you must have and will be responsible for securing boats to a proper trailer or truck with ropes/straps.
*Please call ahead for reservations, weekends in July/August will book up fast.
*When reserving please include:
- Name, Address/location of delivery & phone number
- Type of boats to reserve
- Weight/size of paddlers (for life vest sizes and paddleboard sizing)
- Dates of rental
- Preferred delivery/pickup times (delivery times are on a "first come-first serve" basis. We will try to accommodate your schedule the best we can)
- Payment information ( cancellation must be 24 hours prior to delivery time, for full refund. )