Wisconsin River
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Wisconsin River XII

By on May 25, 2014

Grandfather Dam to Lokemoen Road
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A short trip alternating between flatwater and Class I-II rapids that begins at the end of the Wisconsin River’s single steepest section and quite possibly, where the coolest hydroelectric dam in the state is located.

Date:
May 11, 2014

Class Difficulty:
Class I-II+

Gauge:
NOAA: ht/ft: n/a | cfs: 1304.7

Recommended Levels:
We strongly recommend this level. Water levels are almost always reliable on the Wisconsin.

Put-In:
Powerhouse at Grandfather Dam
Take-Out:
Lokemoen Road boat launch to Lake Alexander, West of Merrill

Time: Put in at 10:45a. Out at 12:00p.
Total Time: 1h 15m
Miles Paddled: 6.25

Wildlife: Common mergansers, turtles and killdeer.

Have you been to this spot before? If not, you should. You must, actually… especially if you live nearby. It’s just so friggin’ interesting! Set in an area where hundreds of millions of years ago this part of Wisconsin was a volcanic mountain range rivaling the Alps, today it’s a rough-and-tumble spot of huge boulders tossed about like building blocks in an “up north” woodsy backdrop.

In less than one mile the Wisconsin River plummets some 90’, the steepest gradient anywhere in its 430 miles, called “Grandfather Falls.” In its original state it was a wild and wooly Class IV whitewater stretch that sent many lumbermen to early graves. But it’s a combination of natural landscape and human engineering that make this spot so cool. A truly fascinating engineering project, Grandfather Dam harnesses the frothing river, diverting some of it into a pool for paddlers to portage these crazy-ass falls, while sending most of the rest of the water through two humongous half-mile long cylinders called “stockpens” down a hill to the turbines below to an old brick powerhouse that generates the hydrojuice for 30,000 folks (and second only to the dam in Prairie du Sac in generating power of all the 26 dams on the Wisconsin River).

Below this report you will find a smorgasbord of fun facts and ad hoc history about the Wisconsin River itself and its many dams, so I won’t delve too deeply into it now. Suffice it to say that this is one of those exception-to-the-rule paddles in that the river experience is possibly enhanced by the presence of a dam, not hindered (well, at least figuratively speaking). Sometimes, especially in spring when the power grid isn’t being strained like it is in summer, the dam will release the raging river with the effect of it resembling what it used to be like, giving you a glimpse of its past and if you’re skilled and brave enough to paddle it, a spectacular whitewater experience comparable to the Wolf River or the burly rapids in the U.P.. Here’s a video of the falls at lower levels and here’s one taken at high levels (cue it to 2:15).

For my own sake, I’d been to this spot before years ago, (in that unmentionable twilight of my life pre-kayak) both in summer. Then, the river was both naturally and artificially lower. The hydroelectric dam is a state of Wisconsin held property, so the public can and is actually encouraged to access it. Two paths of the Ice Age Trail run parallel on both sides of the river but the one on river-left is the more interesting of the two. You can walk a mile along the river or a combination of river-and-dam landscape (“damscape”?). In shallower water, the huge rocks are exposed and make for some fun, if tricky, walking out onto (though in the unlikely event that the siren goes off signaling a release of water, it’s best not to be out on the rocks!) At this stage the river can still be paddled, though it would rank Class I-II. Too low and it would be too “bony,” as the whitewater kids say.

But that’s summer. I was here in early May, Mother’s Day to be precise, and Merrill was still reeling from the combination of heavy rains the week before and the effect of snowmelt. I knew from Mike Svob’s Paddling Northern Wisconsin that there was a good put-in at Camp New Wood County Park, a mile below the dam but I wondered how far upstream I could try to put-in. The full Grandfather Dam comprises three sections: the top, where the conventional dam holding back the river is, a middle section by the pool and stockpens (where the official canoe portage trail is located), and then the powerhouse at the bottom of the hill. I decided to try the middle section first because I remembered it the best.

From the small parking area to the river, it’s probably a short 5-10 minute walk down a hill. You can’t see the river from there but I could hear its roar the second I opened the car door. Holy smokes, I thought! The closer I approached, the louder the thunderous clamor rose. I clambered atop a big boulder with a good view at the river level and my jaw just dropped. Here was a glimpse into the past of the Wisconsin River as close to its natural state one can ever hope to see. It was spectacular, cataclysmic! I won’t exaggerate and say it was like the Colorado River but that’s the only thing I could think of while watching these 6’ waves, haystacks and explosions of frothy water pirouetting high in the air in every direction, crashing onto and over rocks, tumbling ever down with reckless abandon. It’s a jarring view in its own right, made all the more intriguing to think that this is the same river that in another couple hundred miles will be the lazy sandbar and Driftless bluff bliss of summertime revelry here in southern Wisconsin.

Mesmerized as I was and still riding a kind of whitewater high from successfully paddling the Dells of the Big Rib River the day before, I sure as hell wasn’t going to willfully throw myself into the lion’s jaws of Class IV rapids, especially on Mother’s Day. So instead, I opted to put-in just below the powerhouse, which ended up being a great compromise as it provided an additional ¾-mile of paddling set in a cool landscape while offering the wavy wake of the last tumbles of Grandfather Falls on which motion you can coast for a good half-mile of continuous Class I’s and if you turn your boat around upstream you get a last glimpse of the tumultuous falls itself.

That’s the backdrop to this short trip. What follows is a cycle of light-medium rapids, flatwater, medium rapids, then flatwater to the point of zero current as you approach the head of Lake Alexander (well, so-called Lake that is, as it’s really an impoundment created by the next of the Wisconsin River’s many dams, Alexander Dam, by Council Grounds State Park.

What we liked:
Obviously, I’m enamored with this location. The Grandfather Dam itself and the engineering know-how behind it is pretty fascinating but it’s the legacy of this once (and still occasionally) tumultuous stretch of Wisconsin River at Grandfather Falls that raises hackles and inspires awe. Putting-in below the powerhouse, as opposed to Camp New Wood County Park, allows for extra fun paddling (like finding four more quarters at the arcade). Depending on your skill level and all that, there are a number of surfing and play spots here.

The river will begin to settle down shortly after the county park on the left but only half-mile later you’ll encounter the first of two more rapids in this six-mile trip, called Posey Rapids. In normal conditions, this would be a pretty simple Class I rapid but it was a solid Class II when I ran it. In fact, I underestimated it and got pretty splashed as a result (which was fine since it was muggy and warm outside, though my beer may have been a bit adulterated). It’s easy to read from the water itself but better still is scoping it out from Highway 107 before you even put in (there’s an overlook on the road with a bench right at Posey Rapids giving a great view of where best to run).

After Posey Rapids the river settles back down again, with occasional spirited riffles and weird eddies. The current is constant. Two miles downstream from Posey Rapids are the more complicated Bill Cross Rapids, a Class I-II in normal conditions but solid Class II in higher water. I misread the rapids here. I chose to go toward the left rather than the right because the right looked choppier and nearer to some strainers. What I hadn’t noticed ’til it was too late was that there’s a 2’ ledge on the left with some brawny waves at the bottom. It was fine and worked out well, it just defied my expectation. The river is very wide here, so if you can scout the rapids from the bank upstream, you should try to do so. Neither Posey nor Bill Cross Rapids is anything to write home about for serious whitewater paddlers but for the rest of us they require some caution and consideration. I definitely recommend running both, as they’re fun and relatively safe.

(Incidentally, both rapids are named after fur traders. Not a whole lot is known about Julius Posey but Bill Cross was originally from Milwaukee, who became a proficient linguist and co-authored an English-Ojibwe dictionary, owned and operated a trading post near the eponymous rapids and lived among the Ojibwe in his later years after city life in Wausau.)

Frankly, moving water is the main reason one would want to paddle this otherwise short clip of the Wisconsin River. This area of the river is mercilessly dammed and thus otherwise undesirable for paddling due to slow, lake-like conditions and the need to portage regularly (and often with notable difficulty). From Tomahawk to Merrill alone there are six dams within a 34-mile segment of the river. Above Grandfather Dam is a six-mile impoundment before Grandmother Dam. Ten miles downstream from Grandfather Dam is Alexander Dam and Merrill Dam is only four miles after Alexander, etc. But the scenery for this trip is quite pleasant. Rolling hills on both banks, isolation for the first half of the trip and a woodsy up-north feel. Plus, all of the accesses are excellent and easy.

What we didn’t like:
Bellyaching about all the dams is pointless because they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. If not for the sake of generating hydroelectric power, there’s too much real estate/lakeshore property clout. It does at least chip away at the edges of (if not outright break) one’s heart to think about how this once wild country must have looked even a century ago, compared with today’s subdivisions, jackass motorboats and cans of Coors Lite and Red Dog littering the banks. If that’s progress, then gladly drag me back into the dark ages, please.

Almost immediately after Bill Cross Rapids you’ll begin seeing signs of development and once you do, it’s all over. For it will be house after house after house, backyards full of neglect or ridiculous wealth, kids with squirt guns, dogs chasing balls and plastic lawn ornaments of fake animals instead of real ones. There are no public take-out options until Lokemoen Road, about 2.5 miles downstream from the last rapids. The one good thing I can say about this is the take-out (on river-left) begins almost exactly when the impoundment widens out and the river truly takes on lake-like girth.

If we did this trip again:
In the distant future I would love to be good enough to try to paddle the Grandfather Falls section itself when it’s at Class IV. In the far more realistic near future, I’d like to paddle said section in summer when it’s more Class II.

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Related Information:
Wisconsin River X: Pine River to Texas
General: Grandfather Falls: City of Merrill
General: Grandfather Falls: WisconsinCentral.net
Guide: Paddling Northern Wisconsin by Mike Svob
Map: County E to Merrill Dam
Wikipedia: Wisconsin River

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Shuttle Information:

Only 5.7 miles but essentially all of it is on Highway 107 which has no shoulder for bicycles and where a few vehicles speed along awfully fast.

More Dam Facts about the Wisconsin River:
Its headwaters are located at a little lake named Lac Vieux Desert that straddles the Wisconsin-U.P. border just east of the town Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin. From there, it flows 430 miles south then west to the Mississippi River below the city of Prairie du Chien. Along its way it drops a total of 1,050 feet and is impounded 26 times by dams (or 1 dam per 16.5 miles – though it never quite works out that way), thus earning it the moniker of the “hardest working river in America.” Back in its prime, from Eagle to Wisconsin Dells the river was wild with whitewater. Today, 62 percent of this drop, or 650’, is tamed behind or below these dams.

Here’s an interesting summary of all the (former) rapids of the Wisconsin River. The most “cursed” section lies in between Stevens Point and Nekoosa, where seven dams are found in 27 miles (or nearly 1 dam per 8 miles). Interestingly, the dam at Nekoosa is the 22nd of the 26, even though Nekoosa is in the center of the state. In other words, from the beginning to the middle point, (the Nekoosa Dam is at mile marker 231) there are 22 dams, yet from Nekoosa to the end at the Mississippi River there are only 4 dams! Also interesting, this poor hardworking river is dammed before it even has a chance to get things going, right at its outlet at Lac Vieux Desert!

After searching online and finding nothing, I made my own crude map of the Wisconsin River and all its dams.

Editor’s note: Thought it was a good time to dig up this gem of a video, Wisconsin River Top to Bottom. It’s worth noting that there are technically 29 dams on the river according to the video. Why the difference? Well, if you’re going to get all technical on us, it’s all on how you count them. For example, the video counts all dams – three in Whiting specifically, whereas, we count one. The distance between the dams in negligible and two of the dams are directly across from each other with an island in between (basically, one interrupted dam). Take a closer look here. Anyway, we’re not here to argue about dam numbers but it is interesting.

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Maunesha River V
4.5.15 | ☆ ☆
County Road TT to Canal Road

Maunesha River IV
6.13.13 | ☆ ☆
Elder Lane to Twin Lake Road

Maunesha River III
5.18.13 | ☆ ☆
Waterloo to Portland

Maunesha River II
5.8.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Elder Lane to Twin Lake Road

Maunesha River I
4.21.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Waterloo Road to Firemen’s Park

Mecan River

Mecan River Overview
Our Guide to the Mecan River

Mecan River IV
6.10.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Dover Avenue to Germania

Mecan River III
6.3-6.4.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Mecan River Springs to 11th Road

Mecan River II
10.26.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Germania to Lock Road

Mecan River I
5.18.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Dakota to Highway 22

Menomonee River

Menomonee River II
7.27.17 | ☆ ☆
Pilgrim Road to Frontier Park

Menomonee River I
7.3.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Frontier Park to Jacobus Park

Mill Creek

Mill Creek (Portage)
10.16.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Robin Lane to West River Drive

Mill Creek (Iowa)
6.8.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Loy Road to Highway 23

Milwaukee River

Milwaukee River IX
7.2.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Estabrook Park to Bruce Street

Milwaukee River VIII
9.29.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
West Bend to Newburg

Milwaukee River VII
9.30.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Fredonia to Grafton

Milwaukee River VI
6.20.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Grafton to County Highway T

Milwaukee River V
6.20.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Newburg to Fredonia

Milwaukee River IV
7.19.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Kewaskum to Barton

Milwaukee River III
7.27.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Grafton to Thiensville

Milwaukee River II
7.20.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Estabrook Park to Discovery World

Milwaukee River I
6.24.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Newburg to Fredonia

Milwaukee River: East Branch

Milwaukee River: East Branch III
9.27.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Dundee to Mauthe Lake

Milwaukee River: East Branch II
6.16.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
New Fane to Kewaskum

Milwaukee River: East Branch I
6.3.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
New Prospect to New Fane

Mink River

Mink River
8.16.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Rowley’s Bay

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake II
10.17.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Mirror Lake State Park to Lake Delton

Mirror Lake I
5.24.08 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Mirror Lake State Park to Lake Delton

Montello River

Montello River
11.8.16-11.10.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Harrisville to 11th Road

Moon Lake

Moon Lake
6.19.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Montello, Wisconsin

Mormon Creek

Mormon Creek
8.3.14 | ☆ ☆
Mormon Coulee Park to Goose Island County Park

Morrison Creek

Morrison Creek II
5.5.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Cemetery Road to Pettibone Pass

Morrison Creek I
9.19.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Cemetery Road to Morrison Landing

Mukwonago River

Mukwonago River
11.3.15 | ☆ ☆
Mukwonago to Big Bend

Mullet River

Mullet River
10.20.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Plymouth to County Road M

Namekagon River

Namekagon River
7.16-7.19.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road K to Riverside

Neenah Creek

Neenah Creek
4.19.15 | ☆ ☆
County Road EE to Oxford

Nippersink Creek (IL)

Nippersink Creek
11.3.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Richmond to Spring Grove

Oconomowoc River

Oconomowoc River III
6.4.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Monches to Okauchee Lake

Oconomowoc River II
4.8.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Wisconsin Avenue to Fowler Lake Park

Oconomowoc River I
6.25.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Concord Road to County Road P

Old Pearl River (LA)

Old Pearl River
4.3.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Crawford Landing Road to Indian Village Road

Onion River

Onion River II
10.11.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road A to County Road V

Onion River I
9.23.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road V to Sheboygan Falls

Ontonagon River: Middle Branch

Ontonagon River: Middle Branch
8.12.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Watersmeet to Forest Road 5250

Pecatonica River

Pecatonica River V (IL)
11.15.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Pecatonica River Nature Preserve to Trask Bridge Forest Preserve

Pecatonica River IV
5.20.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Mifflin to Jones Branch Road

Pecatonica River III
4.16.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Brownton to Winslow

Pecatonica River II
11.15.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Darlington to Red Rock

Pecatonica River I
6.16.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Calamine to Darlington

Pecatonica River: East Branch

Pecatonica River: East Branch VI
10.26.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Hollandale to Horseshoe Bend Road

Pecatonica River: East Branch V
5.2.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Woodford to Highway 11

Pecatonica River: East Branch IV
4.11.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Argyle to Blackhawk Memorial County Park

Pecatonica River: East Branch III
3.16.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway HK to Hollandale

Pecatonica River: East Branch II
11.19.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Hollandale to Blanchardville

Pecatonica River: East Branch I
9.29.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Blanchardville to Argyle

Pecatonica River: Mineral Point Branch

Pecatonica River: Mineral Point Branch
7.30.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Oak Park Road to County Road O

Peshekee River (MI)

Peshekee River
8.31.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Peshekee Grade to 3-Mile Mark

Peshtigo River

Peshtigo River
9.2.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Burnt Bridge to Goodman Park

Pigeon River

Pigeon River
12.5.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road J to Lake Michigan

Pine River

Pine River (Lincoln)
9.7.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Center Road to County Road W

Pine River III (Richland)
7.26.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Rockbridge to County Road AA

Pine River II (Richland)
5.12.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Krouskop Park to Twin Bluffs Road

Pine River I (Richland)
4.7.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Rockbridge to County Road AA

Piscasaw Creek (IL)

Piscasaw Creek III
4.17.17 | ☆ ☆
Denny Road to Squaw Prairie Road

Piscasaw Creek II
4.12.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Streit Road to Denny Road

Piscasaw Creek I
4.9.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Maxon Road to Streit Road

Platte River

Platte River Overview
Our Guide to the Platte River

Platte River V
3.27.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road A to Platte Road

Platte River IV
10.28.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Big Platte Road to Indian Creek Road

Platte River III
11.10.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Platte Road to Big Platte Road

Platte River II
9.22.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Ellenboro to Platte Road

Platte River I
6.19.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Ellenboro to County Road B

Plover River

Plover River II
9.23.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Esker Road to Bevent Drive

Plover River I
5.19.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Jordan Park to Iverson Park

Prairie River

Prairie River II
5.27.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road C to Stange’s Park

Prairie River I
11.17.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Haymeadow Creek to Prairie Road

Puchyan River

Puchyan River
04.19.15 | ☆ ☆
County Road J to Huckleberry Road

Red River

Red River
12.9.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Gresham to County Road A

Red Cedar River

Red Cedar River
5.30.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Menomonie to Downsville

Robinson Creek

Robinson Creek II
5.7.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Old County Road I to Kelly Road

Robinson Creek I
7.8.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Old County Road I to Kelly Road

Rock Creek

Rock Creek
3.26.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Lake Mills to Millford

Rock River

Rock River IV
7.16.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Watertown to Johnson Creek

Rock River III
9.27.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Kanow Park to County Road P

Rock River II
9.21.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Janesville to Beloit

Rock River I (IL)
8.4.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Oregon to Dixon

Root River

Root River
8.2.13 | ☆ ☆
5 Mile Road to Horlick Dam

Root River: South Branch (MN)

Root River: South Branch
9.20.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 5 to Preston Trailhead Park

Rubicon River

Rubicon River
5.27.15 | ☆ ☆
Saylesville to Neosho

Seeley Creek

Seeley Creek
5.4.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Seeley Lake to Hatchery Road

Six Mile Creek

Six Mile Creek
6.7.14 | ☆
Waunakee Village Park to South Woodland Drive

Spring Creek

Spring Creek
4.20.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Fair Street to County Road V

St. Croix River

St. Croix River II
8.11.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Osceola to Somerset Landing

St. Croix River I
8.8.10 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
St. Croix Falls to Osceola

Starkweather Creek

Starkweather Creek
6.08 | ☆
Yahara River to Highway 30

Sugar Creek

Sugar Creek II
4.17.17 | ☆
Bowers Road to State Road 120

Sugar Creek I
4.15.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road ES to Bowers Road

Sugar River

Sugar River Overview
Our Guide to the Sugar River

Upper Sugar River
…………………………………

Sugar River XII
7.24.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
White Crossing Road to Valley Road

Sugar River X
10.4.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 69 to County Road A

Sugar River IX
3.28.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road A to Belleville

Sugar River VII
9.14.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Riverside Road to Paoli

Sugar River III
7.22.11 | ☆
Valley Road to Paoli

Sugar River II
7.3.11 | ☆
Paoli to Belleville

Middle Sugar River
…………………………………

Sugar River XI
11.15.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Attica to Albany

Sugar River VI
5.18.14 | ☆ ☆
Albany to Brodhead

Sugar River IV
8.11.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road X to County Road EE

Sugar River I
6.9.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Belleville to County Road X

Lower Sugar River
…………………………………

Sugar River VIII
9.6.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Brodhead to Avon

Sugar River V (IL)
9.14.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Colored Sands Forest Preserve to North Meridian Road

Sugar River: West Branch

Sugar River: West Branch
7.27.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Fritz Road to County Road PB

Token Creek

Token Creek III
5.22.11 | ☆
Token Creek County Park to Cherokee Park

Token Creek II
8.22.09 | ☆ ☆
Token Creek County Park to Cherokee Park

Token Creek I
5.2.09 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Token Creek County Park to Cherokee Park

Tomorrow River

Tomorrow River
7.4.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Rolling Hills Road to Amherst

Trappe River

Trappe River
8.2.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road WW to Wisconsin River Road

Trempealeau River

Trempealeau River II
9.27.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 35 to Perrot State Park

Trempealeau River I
8.16.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Whitehall to Independence

Turtle Creek

Turtle Creek Overview
Our Guide to Turtle Creek

Turtle Creek VI
3.20.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Fairfield to Sweet-Allyn Park

Turtle Creek V
6.21.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
School Section Road to O’Riley Road

Turtle Creek IV
6.19.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Springs Park to School Section Road

Turtle Creek III
7.14.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
O’Riley Road to Sweet-Allyn Park

Turtle Creek II
7.13.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sweet-Allyn Park to Dickop Street

Turtle Creek I
8.6.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sweet-Allyn Park to Dickop Street

Upper Iowa River (IA)

Upper Iowa River II
5.29.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Kendallville to Bluffton

Upper Iowa River I
5.24.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Chimney Rock Road to Bluffton Road

Waupaca River

Waupaca River VIII
10.10.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Buchholz Road to County Highway Q

Waupaca River VII
9.1.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Riverview Park to Reek Road

Waupaca River VI
6.2.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Weyauwega to Decker Memorial Park

Waupaca River V
10.24.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Amherst to Durrant Road

Waupaca River IV
4.12.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Highway Q to Brainards Bridge Park

Waupaca River III
9.22.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Highway DD to County Highway Q

Waupaca River II
7.7.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Highway Q to Brainards Bridge Park

Waupaca River I
7.9.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Highway Q to Brainards Bridge Park

Wausau Whitewater Park

Wausau Whitewater Park
7.13.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Wausau, Wisconsin

Wedges Creek

Wedges Creek
9.20.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Middle Road to Black River Lodge Resort

White River

White River III (Walworth)
3.12.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sheridan Springs Road to Lyons

White River (Waushara)
11.1.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road YY to Czech Lane

White River (Bayfield)
8.16.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Maple Ridge Road to Highway 112

White River II (Walworth)
6.30.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Sheridan Springs Road to Wagner Park

White River I (Walworth)
5.15.10 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sheridan Springs Road to Lyons

Willow Creek

Willow Creek
8.5.17 + 8.22.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 58 to Dog Hollow Road

Wisconsin River

Lower Wisconsin River
…………………………………

Lower Wisconsin Overview
Our Guide to the Lower Wisconsin Riverway

Wisconsin River XVI
9.4.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Spring Green to Lone Rock

Wisconsin River VIII
6.22-6.23.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Lone Rock to Muscoda

Wisconsin River IV
9.4-9.5.10 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Prairie Du Sac to Arena

Wisconsin River III
5.29-5.31.10 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Arena to Gotham

Wisconsin River II
9.5-9.7.09 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Gotham to Boscobel

Wisconsin River I
8.22-8.24.08 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Boscobel to Wyalusing State Park

Middle Wisconsin River
…………………………………

Wisconsin River XV
7.11.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Castle Rock Dam to Lyndon Station

Wisconsin River XIV
10.11.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
River Bay Road to Norway Drive

Wisconsin River XIII
6.13.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Pine Island to Portage

Wisconsin River XI
4.22.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Portage to Dekorra

Wisconsin River IX
10.13.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Lyndon Station to Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin River VII
8.6.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Wisconsin Dells to Norway Drive

Wisconsin River VI
8.15.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Dekorra to Whalen Bay

Wisconsin River V
6.1.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Lyndon Station to Wisconsin Dells

Upper Wisconsin River
…………………………………

Wisconsin River XII
5.11.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Grandfather Dam to Lokemoen Road

Wisconsin River X
12.2.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Pine River to Texas

Wolf River

Wolf River III
9.6.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Lily to Hollister

Wolf River II
9.5.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road A to Lily

Wolf River I
8.29.09 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Lily to Langlade

Yahara River

Yahara River Overview
Our Guide to the Yahara River

Upper Yahara River
…………………………………

Yahara River XII
7.16.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Veterans Memorial Park to Windsor Road

Yahara River XI
4.19.16 | ☆ ☆
Windsor to Highway 113

Yahara River VII
7.22.13 | ☆ ☆
Veterans Memorial Park to Windsor Road

Yahara River V
5.25.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Veterans Memorial Park to Windsor Road

Middle Yahara River
…………………………………

Yahara River X
3.7.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Mud Lake to Lake Kegonsa

Yahara River IX
12.14.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Stoughton to Stebbensville Road

Yahara River VIII
12.13.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Lake Kegonsa to Stoughton

Lower Yahara River
…………………………………

Yahara River VI
7.14.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Stebbensville Road to County Road H

Yahara River IV
6.6.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Murwin County Park to Janesville

Yahara River III
7.13.10 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park

Yahara River II
9.08 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Stebbensville Road to County Road H

Yahara River I
8.08 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park

Yellow Creek (IL)

Yellow Creek
4.19.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Bolton Road to Krape Park

Yellow River

Yellow River (Taylor)
8.31.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Miller Dam to County Road H

Yellow River (IA)

Yellow River II
5.6.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Old Sixteen Road to Highway 76

Yellow River I
5.5.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway X16 to Old Sixteen Road

Zumbro River (MN)

Zumbro River
6.1.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Zumbro Falls to Millville


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