Wisconsin rivers from the road and sometimes kayak

Prairie River

The Prairie River is a tributary of the Wisconsin River, about 40 miles long. It flows from Horseshoe Lake in northwestern Langlade County. It joins the Wisconsin River in Merrill.

Prairie Dells near Merrill


I took Rt 17 to the north out of Merrill and found a spectacular spot, which is highlighted by the arrow. You turn left to the northwest onto Prairie Dells Rd. which then swings to the southwest and ends in a small parking lot. Then you have a short walk on a path to the river. I’ve done a special story on this area, “The Prairie Dells, a secret and a fantastic sight in the wilds near Merrill.”

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You are in for a real treat when you get to this location, and I encourage you to read the story I just mentioned. It's very rustic and wild, and extraordinarily beautiful. Best of all, the likelihood that anyone else will be there when you visit is low. You get a real nice taste of Mother Nature at her best. This photo is a look upstream. I was sitting on a rock right at the edge of a cliff going down to the river when I took this.

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From just about the same location, I got this view of the river heading downstream.