Token Creek II
Token Creek to Cherokee Park
Our return to Token Creek wasn’t nearly as appealing as the first. The banks were overgrown and there was much deadfall to contend with. A late season paddle on Token just isn’t recommended.
August 22, 2009
Water levels are almost always reliable.
Token Creek County Park, Token Creek, Wisconsin
Cherokee Marsh Boat Landing, Madison, Wisconsin
Time: Put in at 11:00a. Out at 1:30p.
Total Time: 2h 30m
Miles Paddled: 6.5
What we liked:
Any day out paddling is generally a great day and this was no exception but the water was cold, mighty cold. Add to that the fact that we had to contend with a lot of overgrown brush from the banks and many a fallen tree that we had to duck under or climb over, it wasn’t the most relaxing of paddles but again, a paddle nonetheless.
We followed the same route as our first trip, Token Creek I, although we had mapped and planned to paddle the upper 2.5 miles (below Highway 19) but there was no way that was going to happen. There was no clean and clear path to put-in off Highway 19 and we suspected we’d be moving in on private property. Also, parking on the shoulder of a busy road like 19 wasn’t very appealing. So we ended up putting-in at Token Creek County Park.
What we didn’t like:
The water was lower than in the spring (as expected) so it made for some slow spots. Also, as mentioned, the brush on the bank was incredibly thick, making the pathways appear much narrower (and it was much buggier too).
If we did this trip again:
Earlier in the year when the water is higher and banks aren’t overgrown is probably a much better time to do this creek but since it’s so close to Madison, we’ll undoubtedly make a return visit.
Token Creek I: Token Creek to Cherokee Marsh
Token Creek III: Token Creek to Cherokee Marsh
Article: A Glimpse of the Token Creek Water Trail
Article: Token of Appreciation
Map: Yahara Headwaters Trail
Miles Paddled Video: