Baraboo River II
Haskins Park to Highway 113
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This very short trip down the muddy waters of the Baraboo holds a bit of excitement with its countless riffles and brisk current as it passes through its historic downtown and legendary museum grounds.
August 1, 2009
Riffles + Class I
Baraboo: ht/ft: n/a | cfs: 280
While certainly navigable, we recommend a minimum of 350 cfs for this section of the Baraboo (more riffles, waves).
Haskins Park, Baraboo, Wisconsin
Highway 113 Boat Landing
Time: Put in at 12:00p. Out at 2:00p.
Total Time: 2h
Miles Paddled: 4.5
What we liked:
Our second trip down the Baraboo was very different than the first and not because we chose to skip the North Freedom to Haskins Park section.
The water level was up which seemed to kick the excitement level down a bit. Sometimes higher water can add another layer layer of challenge to a river but that wasn’t the case with this section of river. The class I rapids were mere rifles on this journey but it was fun nonetheless. There were a couple of exhilarating sections despite the water being up and we considered paddling this short section twice but after weighing our options, beer and burgers at Monk’s in downtown Baraboo seemed more appealing at that moment in time.
Paddling through downtown Baraboo and between the Circus World Museum is one of the more unique aspects to this paddle, especially since canoers and kayaker become part of the spectacle for the kids looking down at the river from the circus grounds.
What we didn’t like:
After talking up this section to our friend Jason, he came along to experience the excitement himself. Of course, as it happens, the water was higher than our last trip which diminished the rapids, making for a less exciting paddle.
If we did this trip again:
We’ll most definitely kayak this section of the Baraboo again and possibly continue downstream if we find a take-out within reasonable distance for a solid day-paddle.
Baraboo River Overview: Baraboo River Paddle Guide
Baraboo River I: Village Park to Highway 113
Baraboo River IV: Haskins Park to Highway 113
Baraboo River V: Haskins Park to Highway 33
General: American Whitewater
Guide: Paddling Southern Wisconsin
Video: Tom Lindblade
Wikipedia: Baraboo River
Miles Paddled Video: