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  • 2023-06-16
  • 2023-06-19
  • Lake Mohawksin, Tomahawk, WI
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Date(s):  Friday, June 16 - Monday, June 19, 2023
 Russell Block

Location: Lake Mohawksin, Tomahawk, WI

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
Category:  Weekend camping/paddle trips

Details:  Like my Hidden Gems lake trips, this is usually a slow and easy flat-water paddle, with much wildlife to be seen. Unlike my Hidden Gems lake trips, this is a HUGE lake (over 1,500 acres). There are extremely large open-water areas. And, the lake is usually very busy with motorboat traffic, water skiers, and fishermen in the Summer. As such, we will follow the shoreline around the lake. One of my favorite places to kayak and fish, I have been paddling this lake for over 30 years. This is not my normal Hidden Gems lake day trip. But, definitely a gem unknown to most of us Illinoisans. Lake Mohawksin is named for the convergence of the Somo, Tomahawk, and Wisconsin Rivers. Four dams regulate the depth of the water year-round. There is never a water level issue here.

How to find us:

We will be base camping at the Sara Park Campground, in Tomahawk Wisconsin, right at the river’s edge, only steps away from the put-in Follow your map, or GPS to Tomahawk, WI on US Route 51. Exit at Wisconsin State Route 86 (Somo Ave). Turn left and travel West for 2-1/2 miles to Sara Park. Turn right at the baseball diamond and drive North 800 ft to get to the campsite. We are campsites number 2 and 3.

This is a 4 to 5-hour drive from the Chicago area, depending on your location. Reservations have been made in advance for 3 nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As such, I am requesting $10 each to cover the cost of the campground (due at the time of your arrival). We have been given camping sites 2 & 3, near the beach. Each camping spot has electric and water, with nearby bathrooms and showers.

We will arrive at the campsite Friday afternoon/evening to setup. Over the course of the next 2 days, Saturday & Sunday, we plan to circumnavigate the lake and parts of the Wisconsin, Tomahawk, and Somo Rivers. We will paddle to and from 3 of the 4 dams that make up the lake. Each day we will paddle roughly 10 miles, with a lunch break around midday. As this is a scenic trip, and depending upon our stamina, I figure we will be on the water for 4, or 5 hours each day.

In the evenings, we can eat in camp, or have our pick of local restaurants. Many of which are within walking distance of our campsite.

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