Jack’s Canoe Rental was started in the early 60s, renting canoes and inner tubes to resort customers on the Namekagon River. Today, they are a fourth-generation family-owned business. They have adapted with the paddlesports community to include Canoes, Kayaks, Standup Paddleboards (SUPs), and Inner Tubes.
Their staff has over 160 years of outfitting experience on the River. They take pride in being the most established outfitter on the River. They are located two blocks east of Highway 53 & 63 intersection in Trego, next to Hubs Riverbend Restaurant. Look for the BIG ORANGE CANOE Sign!
The Namekagon River is in the National park Services Wild and Scenic Rivers program. This is an extremely informative place to visit and camp. It is a very interesting and a nice environment for families or singles.
At the visitor's center there are amazing displays about the river fish and animals, and explanations about the effect that humans are impacting the river. There are and abundance of educational items to look through. Be sure and take the time to view the 18 minute video. It was very well put together and explains how the river originally formed, the back history, how logging changed the immediate area, and how it eventually became part of the National Park Service. This really is a very educational place for kids and adults, but they are only open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend.
The Trego Nature Trail is a great way to see the Namekagon River while all the seasons pass in northern Wisconsin. It is a managable 1.75 miles one way along the Namekagon River with many varieties of plants and wildlife. The total round trip is 3.5 miles which is most people can take in stride and at their own pace make it comfortablely with just a pleasant walk. The land is exceptional for hikers, friends, couples and families to explore a hidden treasure in Washburn County!
Be sure to check out birding backpack to educate yourself on all of the sights and sounds of our present wildlife.
You'll pass through a assorted area of mixed forest of white pine, paper birch, and aspen. The trail has many views of the scenic river.
Be on the lookout for wildlife such as foxes and pleated woodpeckers. If you are here in the winter be sure to have your snowshoes. Hunting is permitted on the trail, but you must wear blaze orange during hunting season. Dogs must be on a leash. Deer ticks can carry bacteria for Lyme disease. Be sure to check your body and know the symptoms before you embark on your journey. Poison ivy is common. Prevent blastomycosis, a respiratory fungal infection. Do not dig or allow pets to dig in moist soils.