Galena/Fever River
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Galena/Fever River III

By on July 5, 2014

Horseshoe Bend Road to Buncombe Road
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A stream in the heart of lead-mining country in southwestern Wisconsin, the Galena (aka Fever) River alternates between swift riffles and flatwater as it meanders around cow pastures, wooded hills and attractive rock formations. The highlights on this trip are two abandoned railroad tunnels, both of which can be explored on foot.

Date:
June 21, 2014

Class Difficulty:
Class I

Gradient:
8′ per mile

Gauge:
Buncombe: ht/ft: 3.40 | kcfs: .2 (cfs: 200)

Recommended Levels:
This is the recommended minimum level.

Put-In:
Horseshoe Bend Road
Take-Out:
Buncombe Road farm bridge

Time: Put in at 2:00p. Out at 5:50p.
Total Time: 3h 50m
Miles Paddled: 11.25

Wildlife: This trip is for the birds! In addition to the usual suspects of great blue herons, bald eagles (both of which are always welcome to see and never taken for granted!) and turkey vultures, (which, sorry but I can take or leave) the songbirds were thick as thieves: a striking orange Baltimore oriole and a blazing blue indigo bunting, one cedar waxwing (I think), plus lots of nuthatches and of course redwing blackbirds (“singing in the dead of night…”). But the best by far, for me, was a mother blue-winged teal and her ducklings. Also, there was one moment when I was some 25 yards upstream from a bank when suddenly one by one by one times seven more turtles kerplunked into the river, easily ten in all.
Time worth driving to: 1 hour

Well, it was Saturday on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, so why not take advantage of that extra bit of sunlight and have a double-header paddle (the first being Carroll Creek) capitalizing on the effects of high water from heavy rains earlier in the week?

The upper Galena/Fever River has been on my to-do list for years. The wait? Water volume. This trip averages a gradient of eight feet per mile, so it drains quickly. For the last two months, I’ve kept my eye on the gauge and the prospects have been dismal. The river usually hovers around the 3’ heighth mark, which I determined to be too shallow. After a rage of rain last week I thought this would be a good time to check out the upper segment. As of Thursday (June 19th) the gauge read 4.8’, the highest I’ve ever read it at. On Friday it had dropped to 4’. Come Saturday, when I ran it, it had dropped down to 3.4’. That’s a drop of 16” in 48 hours! It was mostly fine at this level, with a little scraping and butt-scooting here and there. It might be runnable as low as 3’ but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Boring History Lesson: So what the heck is the correct name of this river anyway, Galena or Fever? Well, both basically. Last year I made a case arguing that it should be Galena and never mind the bucolic colloquialism in Wisconsin where it’s known as the Fever. My reasoning is “galena” is the lead ore that put this area of the country on the map in the early 19th Century and lead to the lead mining and smelting bonanza. While that’s all true, it doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s also true that the voyageurs’ original name for the river was Riviere aux Feves, which in French means “River of Beans,” alluding to wild beans that used to grow along the river. It’s possible that the English translation corrupted the French from feves to fever.

More telling (and tragic) though is the original Indian name for the river: “Maucaubee,” which translates as “fever” or even “fever that blisters,” which was their term for small pox. The story is that after crossing the stream in what is now the city of Galena, in Illinois, the Indians contracted and brought back with them smallpox infections. Thank you white people! (this actually happened all over the place, wherever white settlers were led by so-called Manifest Destiny, not just here in the Upper Midwest, or what then was known as the Northwest Territory.) Anyway, many Indians died because they had no prior exposure to smallpox and thus no resistance to it. As such, they named the stream “Small Pox River” – why mince words? Tell it like it is. Chlamydia Creek? The South Branch of Syphilis Brook? Old habits die hard, more so in rural areas where sleeping dogs are let to lie. On most maps, the stream (even in Wisconsin) is called the Galena River. Once in Illinois it’s incontestably called the Galena River. But there is a back-story and a backstabbing history here, which I believe ought to be respected. Hence the two names, Galena/Fever.

Also, if a single-entity stream can abruptly and whimsically change names just like that, as is the case in Amherst, Wisconsin, where the Tomorrow River magically “becomes” the Waupaca River by virtue of nothing more than passing a dam (and what is a dam but artificial and arbitrary) then why shouldn’t a river that begins in Wisconsin (known there by one name) and ends in Illinois (known there by something else) be different? A state boundary line, especially the one in between Wisconsin and Illinois, is essentially arbitrary and artificial, no less so than a dam altering the course of a river. It’s confusing, certainly but maybe more interesting because of the ambiguity. In my oh so humble opinion.

What we liked:
The rock outcrops and bluffs are lovely. To be clear, they’re not as incredible as those found on Carroll Creek (where I had been earlier in the day) or even the nearby Grant River but they are quite nice in their own right. Last year I ran the segment of this river that begins where this trip ends. The two are similar and are very pleasant. The distinguishing point between them is the presence of two abandoned railroad tunnels on this trip.

The first one, named Strawbridge Tunnel, a mile downstream from the County Road W bridge, comes fast on river-right above a sharp left turn and a frisky riffle. Seeing it is easier than accessing it. You’ll see a huge concrete abutment on the left-hand side. At the time of this writing (June 2014), the banks on the right-hand side are pretty wild, wooly and overgrown. You’d want to be wearing pants and closed-toe shoes if you care to venture into the tunnel. With the mercury in the mid-80s and a humidity index of a million percent, I was not about to be donning a pair of pants, thanks just the same. Fortunately, the second tunnel, called Buncombe Tunnel (about half a mile or so upstream of the take-out) is much easier to access and explore. It’s nothing like an epiphany and you don’t even need a flashlight, because it’s so small it’s naturally lit. But it’s still fun and maybe preferable for those with a fear of bats, darkness, and small spaces.

Also, there are two Class I rapids in between the Bennett Road and Ollie Bell Road bridges, the first a small ledge, the second a fun 50-yard run of tiny standing waves. Speaking of bridges, there’s a very handsome old red iron truss one you pass under near the second tunnel. I never tire of those old hallmarks, vestiges of a bygone time.

What we didn’t like:
The fun stuff notwithstanding, one could say that this river is bullshit. Literally. As noted previously, there are cows and bulls all over the river, often in it, often pissing and/or crapping in it too (supposedly the river runs clear, but it was very muddy when I paddled it. Probably due to the recent rains but also, you know, the poop plopping out of the livestock right into the damn stream right in front of your own two eyes!).

On a more serious note, because the livestock is so rampant, there are lots of young calves. Cute as dickens, no doubt about it. But get too near one and there’s sure to be a standoff and tense moment between you and mama cow. Should the cute calves be on one side of the river, the rest of the herd on the other, and then there you are with no more motive than to just keep on keeping on the stream, you’re asking for trouble. Now, maybe nothing would happen. Perhaps the parent(s) or foster parent would simply bellow menacingly in that admirable I-love-my-baby way but would be virtually powerless to do anything about a paddler happening to cross in between them and the calves. Would a cow really leap off the bank and charge into the water, thereby very actuarially breaking its legs? Answer is: I have no idea and don’t care to find out. The paddling matador would rather wait it out.

But I had to wait twice on this trip. The first time no more than 25 yards from the put-in with nothing more to do than stare at my car and wonder if trying to do two paddles in one day was a dumb idea, all for four calves to cross one by one across the river back to mama calling over from the other side. Again, endearing, truly. But come on! The second time was for the whole herd, horned and all, to decide to slowly, ever so slowly hoof it across the water so as to avoid a “confrontation” with yours truly. I even started shouting “H’yah!” in hopes of inspiring the lackadaisical cattle to take less time than forever and a day. I felt as artificial as Billy Crystal in City Slickers. What on earth is a New Jerseyan doing shouting at bucolic bovines very obviously out of his element in something masquerading as a commanding manner?

The put-in itself is fine but a little annoying. The bridge at Horseshoe Bend Road is a designated fishing area so parking is more or less friendly. You’ll have either to slip your boat underneath barbed wire, hoist your boat up and over the ladder staircase provided for the public or some combination of the two (that may or may not involve scratching your boat and/or damaging the barbed wire fence – just saying).

There are cows upstream and downstream here and on both banks of the river, as already mentioned, so be prepared for a traffic jam. But not even half a mile downstream of the put-in is an absurdly low double-wire combo. It’s impossibly low in the center of the stream. But even on the far left or far right sides, by the banks, the wires are precariously close to the water. I didn’t know whether the first was electric but I wasn’t about to find out while standing in the water (which is what I felt like I had to do since I wasn’t comfortable ducking or going limbo underneath them, especially as both are at a swift riffle). The second wire is barbed. There’s about a 1’ gap in between the two wires.

Let me just recap all that: Two wires, the first possibly electric, the second certainly barbed, parallel to one another, dangling very low and close to the water, above strong, pushy current. Cute, huh? All only half a mile from the put-in. Whoever set this up is a sick sadist. With wires that low, what is the goal? To try and trip the hooves of would-be jail-breaking bulls?

So I got out, straddled the first, then the second, all while holding onto my kayak so as not to lose it, yet always mindful not to touch the potentially electric first wire. Mind you, I had only been on the river for half a mile and this was after waiting at least 15 mins for the stupid calves to cross the river. Not a great way to begin an 11-mile trip at 2 pm! The Highway 11 bridge comes shortly after this and I very seriously thought about just taking out right there, giving up on this trip, and walking back to the car. But I didn’t, and I’m glad I didn’t. I’m not personally too convinced about “signs” or the universe telling me anything. Really? The universe is gonna go out of its way, with all the shit going on, both here and around the whole damn world, to suggest to one skinny kayaker originally from New Jersey now in Benton, Wisconsin on the Galena aka Fever River not to paddle it? I think not.

Really though, the main thing I didn’t like about this trip is how flat and slow the river was in some sections. For such a gradient notorious for being shallow I was not at all expecting to be working so hard. Minus the coffee and cigarette breaks for the cows, and the tunnel detour, I paddled constantly and vigorously. This stream is a drive from most directions, more or less a 90-min trip from the Madison area. That’s a decent drive for a creek with little to no current in some sections. I wasn’t terribly keen on the “muddy” water either (at least I sure as hell hope it was mud).

If we did this trip again:
Well, for one thing, I’d use a longer kayak or canoe and not my whitewater crossover. The river is never wide but it sure was slow in many sections and I was sweating just to keep moving in my 9’ boat. But I’m not sure I would do this trip again anyway. While not geographically so far from my home, this river is only indirectly accessible due to the country roads. It’s a commitment of time, and I’m not sure the best investment in gas driving to it. I’d sooner check out as yet paddled stretches of the Pecatonica River or return to the Platte, Little Platte, or Grant.

Additionally, this stream can be paddled only infrequently due to its gradient (unless you’re OK with taking your boat for a walk). That said, if I lived in the area my attitude towards this stream would be different. As such, I’d try my luck on an even more shallow-prone segment of the river, putting in on Twin Branch Road and taking out at Horseshoe Bend Road, for instance. But such an upstream stretch would be very difficult to catch at the right time with adequate water, thus something sensible only for local paddlers to attempt. Hint, hint…

At some point, perhaps later in the season, I will complete my reconnaissance of the Galena/Fever by putting in where I took out on last year’s trip in Illinois and paddle into the city of Galena and down into the Mississippi River. But that’s just part of my OCD logic of dotting i’s and crossing t’s.

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Related Information:
Galena/Fever River I: County Road W to Ensche Road
Galena/Fever River II: Ensch Road to Buckhill Road
Galena/Fever River IV: Twin Bridge Road to Bean Street Road
Guide: Paddling Southern Wisconsin
Video: Wisconsin Paddles
Wikipedia: Galena River

Map:


Shuttle Information:

Only 6 miles but a hilly six miles at that. The beginning stretch on Buncombe Road is quite pretty and pastoral as it runs parallel to Coon Branch Creek… and cows.

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Manawa to County Road X

Maunesha River

Maunesha River VI
4.3.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Marshall to Firemen’s Park

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
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

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

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

Sugar River XI
11.15.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Attica to Albany

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 VIII
9.6.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Brodhead to Avon

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

Sugar River VI
5.18.14 | ☆ ☆
Albany to Brodhead

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

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

Sugar River III
7.22.11 | ☆
Valley Road to Paoli

Sugar River II
7.3.11 | ☆
Paoli to Belleville

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

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

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

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

Yahara River XI
4.19.16 | ☆ ☆
Windsor to Highway 113

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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