Yahara River II
Stebbensville Road to County Road H
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Our return visit to the Yahara was just as fun as the first and it’s already become one of our go-to paddles. We extended this trip to the Rock River where the take-out was real muddy but that was the only downside to an otherwise great paddle.
Fulton: ht/ft: n/a | cfs: 500 (approx)
We recommend this level. It’s generally best to target 330-500 cfs on the Fulton gauge.
West Stebbensville Road, Stebbensville, Wisconsin
County Road H, Rock River
Time: Put in at 11:30a. Out at 6:30p.
Total Time: 7h
Miles Paddled: 9
What we liked:
We had another great afternoon paddle on the Yahara, a wonderfully relaxing river, flowing through south-central Wisconsin. Much like our first trip, we took our time and made a day of it. The sun was out and the beer was flowing, so we took our sweet time floating this section. Under normal paddling conditions, this is really only a 2.5-3 hour trip (not the 7 hours it took us).
Instead of taking out at the excellent Murwin County Park landing, we decided to extend our trip and continue down this last section of the Yahara to its confluence with the Rock River. While this section was definitely worthwhile (a few more riffles than the upper part), that decision led us to a much muddier and muckier take-out.
Despite that, it was a great day to be paddling (or floating) the beautiful Yahara River, one of our favorite little places to spend a few hours (or seven).
What we didn’t like:
As mentioned, the take-out we chose was pretty muddy but there are other take-out options in the area that we’d consider next time.
If we did this trip again:
We definitely will but we’ll choose a different take-out point as there are many to choose from on Highway 184. It was however, worth paddling the short section between Murwin County Park and the Rock River, so the mud was a small casualty.
Yahara River Overview: Yahara River Paddle Guide
Yahara River I: Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park
Yahara River III: Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park
Yahara River IV: Murwin County Park to Janesville
Yahara River VI: Stebbensville Road to County Road H
Miles Paddled Video: Yahara River III: Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park
Good People: Friends of the Yahara River
Guide: Yahara Waterways Trail Guide
Wikipedia: Yahara River
Miles Paddled Video: