Yahara River
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Yahara River II

By on April 14, 2009

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.

Date:
September, 2008

Class Difficulty:
Riffles

Gauge:
Fulton: ht/ft: n/a | cfs: 500 (approx)

Recommended Levels:
We recommend this level. It’s generally best to target 330-500 cfs on the Fulton gauge.

Put In:
West Stebbensville Road, Stebbensville, Wisconsin
Take Out:
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.

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Related Information:
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, Rock River
Yahara River V: Veteran’s Memorial Park to Windsor Road
Yahara River VI: Stebbensville Road to County Road H
Yahara River VII: Veteran’s Memorial Park to Windsor Road
Yahara River VIII: Lake Kegonsa to Stoughton
Yahara River IX: Stoughton to Stebbinsville Road
Yahara River X: Mud Lake to Lake Kegonsa
Yahara River XI: Windsor to Highway 113
Miles Paddled Video: Yahara River III: Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park
Guide: Paddling Southern Wisconsin
Guide: Yahara Waterways Trail Guide
Overview: Wisconsin Guides
Map: Yahara Borders Trail
Good People: Friends of the Yahara River
Wikipedia: Yahara River

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  • Anonymous

    the 7hrs? did this take several breaks and some messing around or is that straight paddling

  • That was a complete leisure paddle. In reality, it should take 2-3 hours at the most. It was just such a nice day, so we enjoyed the sun and sandbars.

  • Derek O

    We are planning to do this stretch on Sunday and plan on putting in around 1:00..I am the Walrus guy on Facebook…hit me up if you wanna join up

  • Hey, thanks for the invite! Unfortunately, I'll be out of town this weekend so no paddling for me. But I do appreciate the offer. Have a great time!

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