Beautiful pristine wilderness of the Wolf River in
North Wisconsin offers both beauty and thrill to those who like
white water rafting and kayaking. The river follows a course to the
south by the counties of Langlade, Menominee, Shawano, Wapaca,
Outagamie. In this route it passes through the cities of Shawano and
New London, and collects the affluents Red River and Embarrass
River. In the final section passes through the county of Winnebago
and collects the tributaries Little Wolf River and Waupaca River. It
passes through Poygan Lake and flows into Lake Butte des Morts. At
the time of New France, the river was called the Wolf River. The
first Europeans arrived on the "Wolf River" in 1634, when the
French, under the direction of Jean Nicolet, explored the region. In
1673 Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet sailed on the "river with
wolves" using canoes and portage. They passed from the Great Lakes
to the Wisconsin River and the Mississippi River.
Zebra Mussels Zebra mussels (Dreissena
polymorpha) are small, freshwater, bivalve shellfish native to the
Caspian and Black Seas south of Russia and Ukraine. They can clog
water intakes and pipes, encrust piers, boats and motors, and cut
the feet of swimmers. Zebra mussels have been found in less than 5%
of Wisconsin lakes predicted to be suitable for zebra mussels.
However, they were detected in the Winnebago Pool including the Wolf
River as early as 1999.