Peshtigo River Festival


Last years 1st annual PESHTIGO RIVER FESTIVAL was a hit, so we’re bringing it back for round TWO! Join us here at Kosir’s for our 2nd Annual Peshtigo River Festival!! We can’t wait to hang out with everyone, listen to music, party, and most importantly PADDLE with all of you! There will be tons of food, drink specials, music, guided raft trips, scheduled shuttle services, raffles, and much much more! Camping spots are also available, so make sure you grab yours soon! Call 715-757-3431 to make a reservation!
We promise you won’t be disappointed!

When: April 28th, 2017 – April 30th, 2017

Time: Whenever!

Where: Kosirs Rapid Rafts
(W14073 County Rd C Silver Cliff WI 54104)

🚣🏻‍♀️There will be a race down the beautiful Peshtigo River starting at 1:00PM on Saturday, April 29th. More details about the race can be found on Dirt Bag Paddlers Facebook page, or feel free to message us for more info!

🎶 Music will be provided by DJ Terrence Young

🍻🍔Food and drinks hosted by Rapids Resort

🌊🌊 Let’s bring the love of Whitewater to Kosir’s and have an amazing fun filled weekend and make the 2nd Annual Peshtigo River Festival one to remember!! We can’t wait!!

Whitewater Rafting Wisconsin


Kosir’s Rapid Rafts was Wisconsin’s first professional whitewater rafting outfitter with operations on both the “Roaring Rapids” section of the Peshtigo River and the mighty “Piers Gorge” section of the Menominee River. These are the most exciting and challenging whitewater rafting trips in Northern Wisconsin. We are the only Midwest Peshtigo River outfitter based on the river’s edge at the end of the famous “Roaring Rapids” section of the Peshtigo River. Our convenient and private landing is located at our company headquarters and campground We have a prime location on the shore of the Peshtigo River at the end of the “Roaring Rapids” section of the Peshtigo River. This section is one of the longest stretches of continuous whitewater in the Midwest.

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Peshtigo River Rafting


Peshtigo River Rafting

Peshtigo River Rafting trips are available right next door at Kosir’s Rapid Rafts.

The Peshtigo River is world famous for its five miles of continuous class II, III and IV whitewater. The exciting Roaring Rapids section of the Peshtigo River includes three rock garden stretches and six main rapids, including ledges, waterfalls, and the legendary First Drop and Horserace Rapids.

The Roaring Rapids section of the river, even at low levels, has big enough rapids and waves that one will want either a decked boat (whitewater kayak), an inflatable one person raft (funyak, ducky), or float bags in a canoe to run it. Open canoes do not fare well on this stretch at all. They almost always swamp, fill with water, and then end up wrapped around a rock like a twist tie.

The rock that forms the river channel is a granite composite, more specifically a Precambrian crystalline dolomite, and as a result, there is very little water erosion and undercutting. That makes this river a lot safer than some with softer bedrock. At lower water, the rapids in this stretch rate Class II- III. At levels over about 800 cfs, they rate mostly III or IV. Again, you do not want to take a canoe down this stretch without float bags. If in doubt, raft it with Kosir’s Rapid Rafts first, and see what you are getting into.

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Menominee River Rafting


Menominee River Rafting

Menominee River Rafting trips begin in Niagara, Wisconsin. The downriver trip offers a scenic view of 200-foot high cliffs lining the river as it heads toward the legendary Piers Gorge with its 10-foot waterfall. There is a trail system in the park that parallels the river. While kayaking or canoing is an option given careful portaging, this is not recommended unless you are very skilled.  The rapids get to be class IV to V, suitable for highly experienced boaters only.  A more preferred solution is to take a guided raft through a local outfitter.

Guided Whitewater Rafting Trips on the Menominee River are available next door at Kosir’s Rapid Rafts. Menominee River Rafting is a unique experience for the more adventurous whitewater rafters who want more! The mighty Menominee River is a large volume river which has one of the greatest flows in the Midwest. The Menominee River features rapids and hydraulics similar to those of great western rivers.

The Menominee River is located in the upper midwest and forms much of the border between the state of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Menominee River State Recreation Area straddles the banks of the scenic Menominee River for several miles. This Recreation Area is a collaborative effort between Wisconsin and Michigan. This collaboration had its beginnings in 1997 with lands donated to the Wisconsin DNR and Michigan DNR. Other lands have been added to the project over the years. The Wisconsin and Michigan parks are managed by their respective state Departments of Natural Resources.

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Marinette County Waterfall Tour


Marinette County Waterfall Tour The Marinette County Waterfall Tour is popular with locals and visitors alike. Marinette County, dubbed the Waterfall Capital of Wisconsin, has a unique geological structure and diversity of gradient that has created  magnificent waterfalls on its many rivers. There are dozens of larger falls and hundreds of smaller ones throughout the … Read more

Peshtigo River Fishing


Fishing is popular recreation any time of year on the Peshtigo River. Todd and Barb’s Rapids Resort is just steps from the Peshtigo River and there is a boat landing less than 5 minutes away on Caldron Falls Flowage. Caldron Falls Flowage is home to a wide variety of fish species including Large and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye, Muskey, and a variety of panfish. Contact us today and make your Peshtigo River fishing vacation reservation with Todd and Barb’s Rapids Resort on the Peshtigo River in Silver Cliff, Wisconsin.

Peshtigo River Fishing

Peshtigo River State Forest Map

Caldron Falls Flowage


Caldron Falls Flowage is a 1063 acre lake located in  Marinette and Oconto County. It has a maximum depth of 40 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from several public boat landings and fisherman enjoy fishing Caldron Falls Flowage year round. Fish species include Northern Pike and Walleye, Musky, Large and Smallmouth Bass, and a variety of Panfish. The lake’s water clarity is low. Todd and Barb’s Rapids Resort is located right on the Peshtigo River just a short distance north of Boat Landing #12 on Caldron Falls Flowage.

Caldron Falls Flowage

Caldron Falls Flowage Map

High Falls Flowage


High Falls Flowage is a 1471 acre lake located in Marinette County. It has a maximum depth of 54 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from numerous public boat landings along the flowage. In addition, Twin Bridge County Park is located on High Falls Flowage just north of County Rd. X on Parkway Road. High Falls Flowage supports abundant fish live and fishing is popular year round. Fish species include Muskellunge, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye and Panfish. The lake’s water is moderately clear.   Todd and Barb’s Rapids Resort is located on the Peshtigo River in Silver Cliff, Wisconsin just a few miles north of High Falls Flowage.

High Falls Flowage

High Falls Flowage Map

Peshtigo River State Forest


Twenty five miles of river, 3,200 acres of water and 9,200 acres of forest await you on the Peshtigo River State Forest, the natural gem of Marinette County. Established in 2001, the property is Wisconsins newest state forest. It was purchased from the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation and includes The Peshtigo River which is a 136 mile long (219 km) tributary of Green Bay in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. A section of whitewater on the river called the Roaring Rapids is well known in the region. Further downstream there are two dams known as Caldron Falls Dam and High Falls Dam. The Potato Rapids Flowage, located 20 miles southeast of the main forest.

Peshtigo River State Forest Map

Peshtigo River Hiking Trail Map

Peshtigo River Skiing Trail Map

Governor Thompson State Park


Governor Thompson State Park is a 2,800-acre (1,133 ha) Wisconsin state park in development approximately 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Crivitz. The park contains 6.5 miles (10.5 km) of shoreline on the Caldron Falls Reservoir, part of the Peshtigo River, and 5,300 feet (1,600 m) of shoreline on two small kettle lakes. Adjacent lands are part of the Peshtigo River State Forest. The park was created in 2000, the centennial year of the Wisconsin state park system, and named after then-Governor Tommy Thompson. The main parcel creating the park is the former 1,987-acre (8.04 km2) Paust Woods Lake Resort and about 200 acres (0.81 km2) of wild-looking lakefront bought from Wisconsin Public Service Corporation on Caldron Falls Flowage.

Governor Thompson State Park Map

Caldron Falls Flowage Map