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The best canoe and kayak destinations in central Wisconsin as listed in the Wausau Daily Herald and Stevens Point Journal's weekly Outdoor Recreation Guides:

McDill Pond

The Stevens Point area is surrounded by smooth waters that are easily navigated by canoe or kayak. One of the easiest for beginners is McDill Pond, at the southern tip of Stevens Point. Begin at the boat landing at Business Highway 51, just north of Highway HH. Proceed under the bridge and across the pond. Continue to explore the water and the channels along the north shore. McDill Pond is adjacent to the Godfrey & Maybelle Erickson Audubon Park, and it is an excellent place to bird watch. (Caution: STAY AWAY FROM THE DAM. The water can become choppy on windy days.)

Jordan Park to Iverson Park

If you are looking for a great place to paddle, try navigating from Jordan Park off of Highway 66, east of Stevens Point, to Iverson Park along the Plover River. Jordan Park offers camping as well as a Nature Center that is open in the summer. When you are ready, begin this route at the canoe ramp on the south side of Highway 66 in Jordan Park. The route will meander through generally flat water, and is an excellent trip for bird watchers in June and July.

Once you reach Iverson, enjoy a dip in the water at the swimming beach or walk a short segment of the Green Circle Trail that winds through the park. Two cars or additional transportation is necessary to complete this trip.

Source: Melissa Sabel is communications specialist for the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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