Token Creek III
Token Creek to Cherokee Park
When one plan is stymied, Token Creek is always there. However, if you’re going to attempt this section, keep in mind the wind factor that will make for a difficult go of it on the wide open Cherokee Marsh.
May 22, 2011
Water levels are almost always reliable.
Token Creek County Park, Token Creek, Wisconsin
Cherokee Marsh Boat Landing, Madison, Wisconsin
Time: Put in at 11:45a. Out at 2:15p.
Total Time: 2h 30m
Miles Paddled: 6.5
What we liked:
What we didn’t like:
We planned on keeping it close-to-home and paddling the Six-Mile Creek because the weather was suppose to get rough today (which never happened). When we showed up at the put-in we realized just how difficult that was going to be with the size and depth of the water (in fact, if any of you have paddled the Six-Mile Creek and can tell us if it’s worth doing, please state your case).
So we headed to Token Creek. As we’ve said before, the trip is really the tale of two paddles. The first four miles is spent dodging and ducking many tree limbs and fallen debris while navigating a very twisty and pushy little creek. There was one major portage where we had to be creative in finding a way around it. It’s obvious that some good folks do a fine job of cutting a path through the creek but it is getting so bogged down in debris that the it feels like you spend more time dodging, ducking and climbing than actual paddling.
The unfortunate section this time around were the headwaters of the Yahara and on throughout Cherokee Marsh. As luck had it, we had some pretty nice (40 mph) headwinds for the last 2 miles with some great whitecaps that filled all of our boats nicely. It felt like we weren’t even moving when we paddled. The open water portion of this trip has always been our least favorite section but on normal (meaning sans-hurricane forced winds) days it’s at least enjoyable.
We’ll definitely feel this trip tomorrow.
If we did this trip again:
We’d be hard pressed to make this trip again. Fact is, we have plenty of more enjoyable waters to paddle.
Token Creek I: Token Creek to Cherokee Marsh
Token Creek II: Token Creek to Cherokee Marsh
Article: A Glimpse of the Token Creek Water Trail
Article: Token of Appreciation
Good People: Capitol Water Trails
Good People: Mad City Paddlers
Map: Yahara Headwaters Trail
Miles Paddled Video: