Grand River
★ ★

Grand River

By on June 14, 2015

Manchester to Kingston
☆ ☆

Featuring a river as beautiful and becoming as its surrounding countryside that is undeservedly mugged by a mind-boggling amount of obstructions, this trip is utterly rich in potential but obscenely robbed of its reward.

Date:
May 22, 2015

Class Difficulty:
Class I+ (Within First Mile), flatwater thereafter

Gradient:
17′ per mile (Within First Mile), 4′ per mile thereafter

Gauge:
n/a

Recommended Levels:
There is no individual gage, and trying to correlate this stream with another in the area that does have a gage would be pure speculation. That said, I paddled this during a dry spell when we had no rain for 2-3 weeks, and except for some shallow patches in the first mile, there was plenty of water to float a boat.

Put-In:
Highway 73, Manchester, Wisconsin
Take-Out:
County Road H, Kingston, Wisconsin

Time: Put in at 11:50a. Out at 7:00p.
Total Time: 7h 10m
Miles Paddled: 12.00

Wildlife: Great blue herons, geese, kingfishers, wood ducks, more deer than I’d ever seen on a paddling daytrip and my first ever barred owl.

Anyone who pioneer paddles – which is to say, the act/art of committing oneself to an unknown segment of a river about which there is essentially no known data or reports and thereby subjecting oneself to come what may, blissful or full of bane – will at some point in time have that trip.

That trip when everything just went to hell, with or without the hand basket. That trip when you wished you could take it all back. That trip when you slap your forehead (or worse) and berate yourself, wondering, “What in the world was I thinking?” That trip when looking at your watch to check the time forces you to simultaneously laugh at the bald-faced absurdity of how long everything is taking and then cry about how little progress you’ve made and how much more there’s left to do. That trip when you have to make a tough choice midway through and decide which is the least worst scenario: bailing on the paddle and walking five miles along the highway past fast traffic and barking dogs back to your own car at the put-in or doubling down on paddling through to the take-out with that combination of steely grit and stubborn gumption.

This was that trip. Not my first, certainly, but the first for this year. Of the poetic trifecta comprising blood, sweat, and tears (and I don’t mean the band), I was one bodily fluid shy of the Triple Crown, but I came as close to crying on account of a paddling trip as I ever have. But I’ll get to that in a moment.

Why did I choose this trip? Because I’m a strange amalgam of romantic and dumb and determined. I take as a personal credo something the phenomenal photographer Diane Arbus once said: “I tend to think of the act of photographing… as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” She was speaking metaphorically in terms of the personalities and imposed stereotypes of the persons she photographed, most notably eccentrics and outliers – “freaks” as the conventional wisdom of a judgmental society would call them. I’m more drawn to the literal connotation of adventure. For me too, my favorite thing to do is to go to somewhere new. It’s an irrepressible pulse, though not necessarily impulsive. Nothing so excites my soul as exploring, plain and simple. Lots of these exploratory trips don’t work out or just aren’t worth it, God knows! But I know of nothing more thrilling than when one does.

I should also point out, for the record, that this trip was part of my own personal research. For the past year I have been writing a paddling guidebook on the side. As of this week I finished and submitted the full manuscript. If all goes according to plan (insert laughter here!), the book should be published and available later this year, in December. That’s another story altogether (stay tuned for more info the next few months). But that’s the backdrop to this trip. Also, it’s why our website has been more sluggish than we’d like: half of the trips in the book are new and fresh, not featured here. A man can have two masters, it turns out, but productivity does become compromised. But now that the writing and research period is over, Miles Paddled should back at full throttle, just in time for summer.

What we liked:
The first mile of this trip is an absolute blast! Attractive clear water with a sand-and-gravel bottom, tall banks past Amish farms, a pretty meadowy landscape, and thrilling riffles all the way to the first bridge in “downtown” Manchester where there’s an exciting Class I+ series of small but feisty ledges. What a way to begin! I had never been on any segment of the Grand River and essentially picked the segments of this trip out of thin air.

There were no obstacles and what little development there was in the backdrop simply enhanced the river environment. But then you enter the woods, and four torturous miles begin (more below). After the fifth mile, from Valley Road to the inlet to Grand Lake, the woods recede, and the landscape resumes its cheery, meadowy, wonderfully horizontal self for 2.3 serene miles. But then you enter the lake, which is simply sadistic and despicable (again, see below) for a long, awful slog of one mile. After you portage around the dam there are 3.7 miles of mostly delightful river paddling left before the take-out. There was one necessary portage around a logjam in this final stretch and I did clear out a couple obstructions here and there (what’s another hour when you’ve been on the river for 7?) but otherwise, the stretch from the dam to the official launch at County Road H is great and pretty: clear water, minimal development, gentle hills, outstanding wildlife.

I’d also like to point out that the shuttle for this trip, whether by bike or car, is outstandingly pretty as well. This part of the state had been well glaciated the last Ice Age, but the surrounding landscape is far from flat with a small sea of gentle hills flows in all directions.

Furthermore, there is no shortage of charming Amish farms and I’ll bet you dollars to donuts you’ll pass by a horse-and-buggy or two as well. I’m talking horse ploughs here – a man toiling in the fields driving a team of Percherons still better dressed than most of us on Sundays – water drawn from wells, clothes made by hand and hanging on a line dried by the sun. And everyone smiles and waves! Everyone! I loved it and couldn’t get enough of it! What’s there not to like about total strangers seemingly happy to see you and saying hello? Here I am driving my little diesel car with a kayak on its roof, or an aloof fool riding a bicycle back to my car from the takeout to the put-in, not the strangest sight for beholden eyes, no, but probably not an everyday occurrence. For either of us.

I don’t mean to exoticize the Amish here as though a farm, horse-and-buggy, or ploughshare is comparable to seeing a lion or giraffe whilst on safari. And the last thing I want to imply or be complicit in is the insensitive gawking at and depersonalization of an individual, family, or community simply because I’m part of a supposedly normative society that happens to be in the majority. There’s a world of difference between dwelling on details in a condescending manner and having respect for the idiosyncratic characteristics between one culture and another. No one wants to be or should be the boorish oaf in that scene in Witness when Harrison Ford kicks the yokel’s ass.

But the Amish in America is a unique story, and here in Green Lake County is a distinct culture and way of life ensconced within the everyday world of everything else in Wisconsin. That distinction is keener today than ever, what with all our fancy gadgets and electronic technology, our fast pace lives, our hurry-up-rush society, our multitasking fanaticism, etc and etc and etc. There’s something profoundly worth admiring and watching in the lives of the Amish that goes way beyond gawking or patronizing.

OK, enough soap boxing. This is a paddling blog after all. Let’s continue with this long report, shall we?

What we didn’t like:
Let’s cut to the quick and get to the crap. There is no designated put-in at Highway 73. I chose to start the trip there because it’s a state road, meaning the land abutting it is public. And there was incidentally a lightly trod footpath on the downstream side, river-right – I’m guessing for fishing. The bank is steep and muddy though, so I dragged my boat under the bridge and launched from the riprap (though not before pulling off two ticks). But this is small potatoes in light of everything.

Let me pose this question: how many portages are too many? In other words, how many portages around logjams and downed tree obstructions is one willing to put up with before one’s patience is spent? It’s a personal question, of course. For some, one alone is one too many. For others, putting up with a dozen is just par for the course. So how about 27? Is that too many?

27 portages? I think yes.

I think by all standards anywhere in the world no matter how individually relative the question of personal endurance and forbearance is, whether you’re young or old, fit or fat, woman or man, human or cyborg, I think – nay, I am unequivocally certain – that 27 portages are too many for one trip.

Yet, you’ll find 26 of these 27 portages solely located in one 4-mile stretch between Madison Street and Valley Road that can only be described as cursed. I won’t call it “evil” because that implies something inherent. “Cursed” by contrast simply suggests that something is under a temporary spell. But I’ve never encountered a stream so obstructed in my life, which I don’t mind saying is saying something. “So this is where trees go to die,” I mused. And I also wondered, “Am I really the first European to head down this river?” because really I’ve never experienced a body of water less open.

The first few obstacles, sure, no problem. I’d expected to come across downed trees since this was a pioneer paddle. And after the first awesome mile on this trip I was only too eager to bust out my handsaw and loppers and trailblaze wherever I could. But you come to a point when it all becomes too preposterous and unrequited, when the required maintenance is gargantuan and the payoff disproportionate. Unfortunately, so many of the obstructions could not be simply trimmed and tucked with my cute better homes and gardens kit, but rather would require throngs of chainsaws or maybe better yet, dynamite. Or perhaps renting out some of those horse ploughs.

Adding to the heartbreak, this 4-mile segment meanders through gorgeous forested woods with some hills and sandbanks, but no development. If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear you were up in the northwoods. But it’s exceedingly difficult not to lose sight of all that haunting beauty when you’re fed up and frustrated. I simply gave up after a while and walked – it just wasn’t worth sitting in my kayak for 50 feet until having to get out again to portage.

And when I say portage, let me be clear: most of these mandated not leisurely jaunts off to the banks and around some obstruction, but rather climbing into downed trees, precariously balancing on a limb you hope doesn’t snap and send you plunging below like a trapped door, pulling your boat through branches and leaves and spiders (oh, the many spiders!), and getting back in on the other side. There’s a lot of poison ivy and I don’t want to know what else on the banks. And as often is the case in such scenarios, the river is deepest at the foot of a downed tree or logjam, and the current tends to be pretty peppy.

To put this in context, it took me 3.5 hours to go 4 miles! That is just intolerable on any level! I was scratched all over – my shoulders and forearms, my shins, the tops of my feet torn and bloody, my hands gouged, fingers splintered. (At the time of this writing, two weeks later, I still bear the scabs from this trip!) To sum it up, I just felt mugged.

But it does get better by the time you reach Valley Road. That is, until you enter the lake. I don’t know if the dam that created the lake produces hydropower or prevents catastrophic flooding, or if the lake itself somehow offers some of the best fishing an angler can find in central Wisconsin (which I doubt), but I have to believe that at least one of those is the case, because I can’t think of any other reason to justify damming a river. While I usually begrudge lake paddling in general and hunker down to steam through it as quickly as possible, I just can’t stand artificial lakes unnaturally full of silt on account of a dam.

So here’s the thing, you first enter the lake via the inlet and are presented with two problems: you have no idea where to go because you’re surrounded by a walled-in maze of tall cattails, and you have no idea how to go because there’s about three inches of water, it’s that shallow. So between not being able to see and not being able to paddle, I got out of my boat to walk but instead sank into filthy silt up to my knees. And when I tried to dislodge my foot from the quicksand-like muck, the strap on my sandal broke. Of course! (For all those keeping score, it was at this point on the trip that I wanted to cry. Instead, I just cursed. Loudly and repeatedly, and I didn’t give a dam who heard me, no pun intended.)

Leaving my bias against lakes aside, surely I am not in the wrong to find something perverse about entering one that is shallower than the river itself that feeds it. It’s a lake! Shouldn’t it have some depth to it? But it’s all backfilled silt created by the dam(n) impoundment. If you open up the map and zoom in on the lake, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Eventually I found a channel with enough depth that I could actually sit in my boat again and paddle. But then you enter a domain of surface-lying weeds everywhere. Better than silt, sure, but still awfully sluggish. It’s only a mile from the inlet to the dam, but it’s an exhausting slog full of ugly muck. And then you have powerboats to keep clear of. Let me tell you, of all the portages on this trip, I was quite happy to get out here and leave the lake behind me.

If we did this trip again:
I would have to be pathologically masochistic to consider doing this trip again. With one exception: if I’d learned that it was better cleared out and cleaned up, I’d come back and do it again. In a heartbeat. I’d be happy to help out, too, now that I’ve put in a lion’s share of sweat (and blood) equity into it. The potential for this trip is so truly worth the investment. But I can’t do it alone; the Madison Street to Valley Road section is a full-day affair requiring lots of bodies, boats and chainsaws. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to someone who has been through the dam to County Road H segment and cleared out a number of obstructions (for there’s plenty of evidence of this) without whose efforts the portages on this trip would be in the 30s and I still might be still on the river right now!

I didn’t scout alternative put-in options upstream because, yeah, well, it was close to 8pm by the time I reached my car after the bike shuttle and I still had to drive back to the put-in to pick up my kayak and then drive 70 minutes home to Madison. Regardless, I’d be curious to know if County Road I or Highway 44 nearer Markesan would work, thus adding 1 to 3 miles.

Also, I would take-out at Valley Road, because unless that dam in Kingston is removed, there’s no getting around (or through) that lake. The 3.7-mile section from the dam to County Road H is quite pleasant but that can be a separate trip. After County H, the river enters the coveted and quite pretty Grand River Marsh State Wildlife Area about 5 miles downstream. From there it’s another 3 miles across the marsh or 1.5 miles to a canal that circumvents the wide marsh paddle. All tallied, that would be a little more than 10 miles.

Lastly, either this is the most ironically named river ever, or it received its name for the number of downed trees and logjams: 100. Yet for better, worse, or both, this trip did not disabuse me of my exploratory druthers, notwithstanding its spectacular debacle. These things happen and “that trip” happens. As with dating, you don’t get the girl without a lot of rejections first. Is it worth it? You bet!

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Related Information:
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8.4 miles. Very pleasant rural landscape with awfully friendly folks waving hello!

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Veterans Memorial County Park to La Crosse

La Crosse River II
9.28.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 108 to Veterans Memorial County Park

La Crosse River I
8.2.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sparta to Bangor

Lake Columbia

Lake Columbia
2.2.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Dekorra, Wisconsin

Lake Mendota

Lake Mendota: Governor’s Island
12.11.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Madison, Wisconsin

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan: Port Washington
10.20.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Port Washington to Grafton

Lake Michigan: Ellison Bay
9.29.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sister Bay to Garret Bay

Lake Michigan: Cave Point County Park
8.17.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Door County, Wisconsin

Lake Superior

Lake Superior: Sea Caves
8.15.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Bayfield County, Wisconsin

Lake Superior: Houghton Point
8.14.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Bayfield County, Wisconsin

Lake Waubesa

Lake Waubesa Wetlands
5.13.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Madison, Wisconsin

Lemonweir River

Lemonweir River
9.17.13 | ☆ ☆
Lemonweir to Cliff House Road

Little Platte River

Little Platte River II
7.23.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Old Lancaster Road to County Road O

Little Platte River I
7.6.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Old Lancaster Road to County Road O

Little Sugar River

Little Sugar River
8.8.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Schneeberger Road to Albany

Little Wolf River

Little Wolf River III
8.6.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Ness Road to Big Falls

Little Wolf River II
8.25.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Wolf River Road to Big Falls

Little Wolf River I
9.11.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆
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 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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