Badfish Creek III
Old Stage Road to Casey Road
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In very high waters, the Badfish is quite pushy, more of a workout than normal, and of course, many of the distinguishing features like mini-islands and sandbars are hidden below the surface.
August 7, 2010
Cooksville: ht/ft: 5.44 | cfs: 115
This is a very recommendable level.
Old Stage Road, Cooksville, Wisconsin
Time: Put in at 3:00p. Out at 5:20p.
Total Time: 2h 20m
Miles Paddled: 6.75
What we liked:
It’s amazing how one week (and a little less water) can make a drastic difference in a paddle. After an amazing paddle last weekend I wanted to take advantage of the high water but it dropped a little and made a huge difference.
The current is still a little pushy and the portage still exists but some of the more riffly areas have become less dramatic. A lot of weeds have appeared and the sandbars are popping up making route options less improvisational. So all in all, a fun paddle but more like the Badfish we are used to. We didn’t see a whole lot of wildlife on this trip (we spotted one crane the entire trip). It could have been because it was mid-afternoon.
We still don’t recommend this for beginner paddlers. It’s quite a work out and boat control is important with the many strainers you’ll come across and some of the openings are just wide enough for your boat.
What we didn’t like:
The grass snake we saw at the take-out.
If we did this trip again:
Old Stage road to Casey road is the best paddle on the Badfish. We’ll definitely paddle this in higher water whenever possible. It’s just more exciting.
Badfish Creek Overview: Badfish Creek Paddle Guide
Badfish Creek I: Route 138 to Murwin County Park
Badfish Creek II: Old Stage Road to Highway 59
Badfish Creek IV: Old Stone Road to Casey Road
Badfish Creek V: Old Stage Road to Casey Road
Badfish Creek VI: Old Stage Road to County Road H
Badfish Creek VII: Old Stage Road to County Road H
Badfish Creek VIII: Old Stage Road to Casey Road
Badfish Creek IX: Sunrise Road to Old Stone Road
Badfish Creek X: County Road B to Sunrise Road
Miles Paddled Video: Badfish Creek II: Old Stage Road to Highway 59
Article: Paddling the Badfish Creek
General: American Whitewater
Good People: Friends of Badfish Creek Watershed
Video: Wisconsin Paddles
Miles Paddled Video: