Yahara River III
Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park
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On our third trip to the Yahara, the complexion of the paddle changed considerably due to higher water but it was a welcome change to see one of our favorites at a different level, giving us a new experience.
July 13, 2010
Fulton: ht/ft: 5.10 | cfs: 664
This level is fine but a bit higher than we’d recommend due to the charm the Yahara loses in higher water. It’s best to target between 330-500 cfs on the Fulton gauge.
West Stebbensville Road, Stebbensville, Wisconsin
Murwin County Park, Fulton, Wisconsin
Time: Put in at 9:45a. Out at 11:30p.
Total Time: 1h 45m
Miles Paddled: 6
What we liked:
It’s been awhile since we last paddled the Yahara. Today, I was reminded just how lucky we are to have this river so close to Madison. The water is a foot above normal so it was a very easy and relaxing paddle. The riffles almost disappear at this level but there was enough current and strainers to keep things exciting. I’ve always preferred to paddle this river when it’s low so we can enjoy the sandbars but today was such a great experience, I’m rethinking that.
What we didn’t like:
I was surprised to find a lot of litter on the river this time around. I was able to pick up a few things including an underwater camera caught on a log as well as a Beck CD (Midnight Vultures which I can kind of understand) of all things.
If we did this trip again:
We will probably paddle to the Rock River from now on to enjoy the full lower Yahara.
Yahara River Overview: Yahara River Paddle Guide
Yahara River I: Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park
Yahara River II: Stebbensville Road to County Road H
Yahara River IV: Murwin County Park to Janesville
Yahara River VI: Stebbensville Road to County Road H
Miles Paddled Video: Yahara River VI: Stebbensville Road to County Road H
Good People: Friends of the Yahara River
Guide: Yahara Waterways Trail Guide
Wikipedia: Yahara River
Miles Paddled Video: