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Upper Iowa River I

By on June 2, 2014

Chimney Rock Road to Bluffton Road
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Add one part swift water to umpteen parts spectacular limestone cliffs, rock walls, undulating bluffs and a generous heaping of pretty wrought iron bridges, mixed with a couple cups of springs and you have the making of a glorious paddling trip.

Date:
May 24, 2014

Skill Level: Beginner
Class Difficulty: 
Riffles

Gradient:
≈5.5′ per mile

Gauge:
Bluffton: ht/ft: 4.27 | cfs: 375

Recommended Levels:
The river was lower than average for this time of year but entirely adequate. You need more than 150 cfs to avoid scraping and dragging your boat.

Put-In:
Chimney Rock Road bridge, Chimney Rock Park, Bluffton, Iowa
Take-Out:
Bluffton Road bridge, Malanaphy Springs

Time: Put in at 10:45a. Out at 3:10p.
Total Time: 4h 25m
Miles Paddled: 13.75

Wildlife: My first ever mink(!), lots of geese, millions of swallows, one bald eagle, two deer, lots of redwing blackbirds.

It’s not for nothing that National Geographic magazine lists the Upper Iowa River as one of America’s 100 Greatest Adventures. Probably the most popular section of the most popular river in all of Iowa, this trip really is a must-do somewhere in between destiny and destination. The reputation is deserved. It’s certainly one of the prettiest rivers I’ve been lucky enough to paddle. The showstoppers are the limestone bluffs and sheer-faced cliffs – the “Bluffton Palisades” section in particular (which if you have ever seen a photo of the Upper Iowa River, it’s almost certainly of the palisades).

Over 140 miles long, the Upper Iowa River begins in southeast Minnesota near Lake Louise State Park, meanders southeast to Decorah, Iowa, then springs northeast to the Mississippi River north of Lansing, Iowa. The Bluffton area is more or less the midpoint and for better or worse the most sought after section. Not accidentally, the largest congregation of outfitters and campgrounds are in the Bluffton area, too. But if you catch the river with enough water, there are over 60 miles of gorgeous geology upstream of Bluffton, plus 30-some miles of remote bliss (and even bigger bluffs) downstream from Decorah.

Paddling the most popular section on a sunny Saturday on Memorial Day weekend is probably the last time I would think to be a good occasion to do this trip but to my welcome astonishment, we encountered only three other canoes in over 4.5 hours. I had been expecting a whole lot of congestion and partygoers. Maybe because we started early, maybe because more folks were out on Sunday… who knows? But the relative isolation made this experience even more serendipitous. All in all, it was pretty much a perfect day of paddling!

What we liked:
It’s just so stinking pretty! The Upper Iowa River is the Driftless at its prettiest, the geology is gorgeous! Most of the bluffs here are limestone, some of them 300’ high, some of them sheer-faced running right into the water with stands of pine and balsam fir lining their tops. It may sound cliché but the palisades section (about half a mile long) is striking and spectacular. It may well be the most photographed part of the state of Iowa itself, at least the river. I’d never seen such a continuous, not to mention undulating, “wall” of limestone like this before. It’s breathtaking.

The water itself was mostly clear with a sand-gravel bottom. We encountered no rapids but many swift riffles added just enough excitement and enticement. The wildlife was lackluster, probably on account of all the “traffic” and human activity on the water. That said, I did see my first-ever mink during this trip. The river meanders a lot, which is always welcome, as you never know what’s around the bend. Multiple gravel bars along the way make for great pit stops or picnic breaks.

While the first half of this trip is showier and blessed with the great palisades and limestone bluffs, the second half has a more remote countryside feel to it. If or when that abates one’s attention span, there’s Malanaphy Springs towards the end to re-ignite one’s excitement. You’ll hear it before you see it on the river-left a little more than a mile downstream from the aptly named Scenic River Road bridge. The final 10’ of the springs plunges into a rocky pool at the river’s edge. I have no idea where the actual source of the springs is, as it comes out from below a rock near the top of a cliff some 80’ above the river. You can get out here and climb/hike up the cascading ledges to a couple caves inside the cliff to where the springs gurgle forth. It’s very pretty and fun. I couldn’t resist taking a quick “shower” underneath the springs, as it had been a muggy and sweaty day; refreshing yes, but caressing no – that water’s mighty cold and claps against your scalp and skin! (Alternatively, you can hike to the springs via a well-maintained trail that begins at the take-out for this trip.)

For a point of reference, this trip had the best take-out of all time precisely because it was where we were camping for the long weekend. In fact, our site and tents were no more than 15’ away from the take-out. How perfect is that!?! This had more to do with staying at Hutchinson Family Farms, who also provided the canoe and shuttle to the put-in but it made for a very convenient trip (even though I continued to paddle downstream).

Postscript: Our group was composed of four paddlers: two in a canoe and two individual kayaks. The two in a canoe were mostly beginner paddlers and it was their first time paddling a canoe without someone more experienced in the stern. Naturally, they made a couple wrong turns and bottomed out once or twice but they managed it all in good stride and had no mishaps. I mention this so that others debating this paddle can feel more comfortable and confident about doing it. The canoe and other kayak took out at our campsite at Hutchinson Family Farms, which made for an 11.5-mile trip in less than four hours. The canoeists had planned on only an 8-mile paddle ideally but due to shuttle logistics this wasn’t a reality. But when they were told that our trip would be about a 4-hour trip, they were assuaged. Again, I offer this for the sake of putting it in context, as I know that not everyone wants to sit in a boat as long as I do or take on as many miles as I want to!

Also, I can say with nearly 100 percent certainty that everyone in tents at our campground were paddlers. I chose Hutchinson Family Farms because it seemed like the most down-to-earth and least private campgrounds-ish place amongst the bunch (of which there are many), plus it’s close to Decorah itself, which we were excited to explore. I had no idea it would be such a magnet for other paddlers. Everyone had either a canoe or kayak on top of their car or on the ground next to their car – everyone! Or they had rented a canoe or kayak from the campground. It was like a paddling Mecca and I felt a little like that bumble bee-costumed girl in the Blind Melon video finally finding her people! Funny coincidence: a large contingent of these boat-brought campers was none other than MadCity Paddlers from Madison, Wisconsin. Of all the campgrounds along the Upper Iowa River on all the weekends in the calendar year…

What we didn’t like:
Despite its name, if you put in at Chimney Rock Road, you’ll miss Chimney Rock itself, a stately limestone formation that rises out of the bluff above a tree line and resembles, you guessed it, a chimney. You could paddle upstream to see this but who likes doing that? The problem is there are no alternative put-ins upstream of Chimney Rock Road for 4¼ miles. Chimney Rock, along with the Palisades and Malanaphy Springs, is one of those photogenic “hits” on the Upper Iowa River that I’m sorry I missed.

You’ll pass several campgrounds along the river in this trip, some snarlier than others, but all embracing the river and enabling paddling, so one can’t really get worked up about this. But one thing I really did not like is how bicycle-unfriendly these country roads of Iowa are. Some of them are dirt-gravel roads, which is its own bellyache but the paved roads have zero shoulder space. Lots of the vehicles on the road drive at a decent speed and are often oversized pickup trucks with trailers hauling farming machinery or are outfitters with canoes and kayaks and are careening along narrow, windy, hilly terrain. It’s just not at all safe for bike shuttles (even my friend who went out for a run at 7 in the morning felt unsafe on these roads). For this reason it’s advised to opt for paying for a shuttle, which goes against every intuitive wit in my body, but so it goes.

If we did this trip again:
Originally, I had mapped out a full-day paddle that would have begun on Cattle Creek Road, 4¼ miles upstream from Chimney Rock Road and either take-out past the palisades in Bluffton, at our campsite, or at Malanaphy Springs but our outfitter/shuttler conveyed to me the logistic difficulty in this (their established shtick is dropping folks off at Chimney Rock Road and having them paddle back down to the campsite takeout. They did offer to pick us up at Malanaphy Springs, a little more than two miles downstream but I knew that that would have been too long for my group).

So next time I would plan differently and have at a full 18-mile paddle (more sensible and less venturesome folks might want to break up that stretch in two separate days). Eighteen miles is a long day of paddling, true but such a trip would offer the “greatest hits” of the Upper Iowa River and would be worth it.

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Related Information:
Upper Iowa River II: Kendallville to Bluffton
General: Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
General: Upper Iowa River Watershed Project
Guide: Paddling Iowa by Nate Hoogeveen
Outfitter: Chimney Rock
Outfitter: Hruska’s Canoe Livery
Outfitter: Hutchinson Family Farms
Outfitter: Randy’s Bluffton Store
Wikipedia: Upper Iowa River

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  • Anonymous

    Nice article. I've canoed it three times. Bluffs are magnificent.

  • Hey,

    Thanks for leaving us a note. Feel free to share any other Iowa love with us! Cheers!

    Tim

  • We are thinking of doing cattle creek rd to bluffton. will we see all of the pallisades?

  • Hey RATMescher,

    Yes, you will see the best of the best bluffs in this stretch. There are others upstream of here and downstream from Decorah, but the most famous and photographed are those along the segment you'll be doing.

    You won't see Malanaphy Springs, however, about 7.5 miles downstream from Bluffton. But it's an easy hike to the springs, definitely worth checking out if you have the time. As long as the water levels are good – more than 150 cfs at the Bluffton USGS gauge #5387440 – you'll have a magnificent time!

    -Timothy

  • Hey Chris,
    Thanks for dropping us a line. Do you still paddle these trips? They sound like perfect little slices of heaven each! I'm hoping to paddle the Decorah stretch (fun little riffly drops) and then eventually the Lower Dam to Iverson Bridge section sometime soon. I had to miss Greg Brown at Seed Savers last weekend; otherwise, that would've been the time to do it… Hope y'all still are up to fun. Cheers!

  • My family started a yearly weekend canoe trip on the Upper Iowa. We had a 14 year stretch that brought groups of up to 20 canoes. Always camped in Bluffton. Saturday we would paddle down to Decorah and shuttle ourselves back to Bluffton. Sunday we'd put in at Kendallville and paddle back to our campsite at Bluffton. Perfect trip.

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  • Anyone have experience paddling the reach from Lime Springs to Kendalville at this time of year? Can one expect fences and deadfalls? How much walking would be required due to shallow water?

  • Hey John,

    Great question. Maybe someone out in the Iowa/Minnesota ether has a personal and more punctual response to this…? But per Nate Hoogeveen, author of the excellent Paddling Iowa, he recommends 200 cfs on the Bluffton gauge (which, incidentally, is interesting since there is a separate gauge at Lime Springs).

    Anyway, he warns nothing about fences or deadfall. Rather, he mentions "long stretches of pasture" as well as "isolated wooded valleys and…some limestone cliffs and outcroppings, none rivaling bluffs downstream." Also noteworthy is this: "the river runs through a long, swift, and winding stretch along cedar thickets and scrubby banks that is like no other part of the river." Sounds intriguing, especially if one lives relatively nearby.

    Hope this helps. If you do this, let us know. Cheers!

  • Great write up! Peter and I will be paddling this next week. We’d like to do a two day paddle. What would you suggest? We’d love to have you join us if you’re so inclined. Paddle On!

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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 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 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
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 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 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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