Black Earth Creek Paddle Guide
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Black Earth Creek Paddle Guide

By on February 19, 2016

Even before I ever stepped foot in a kayak, I’d been curious about Black Earth Creek. There it is, zigging and zagging along Highway 14 as you head west from Madison towards Cross Plains, then Black Earth and finally Mazomanie (usually on one’s way to Spring Green or places yet beyond). Appearing on your left, then disappearing mysteriously to reappear moments later off on your right, only to return that peripatetic pattern umpteen more times. From the city, the creek feels like an excited child who holds your hand and leads you into the country, into that boundary of porous borders wherein you enter the beginning of the Driftless Area, that ancient and beguiling landscape where no glaciers bulldozed the earth. Sometimes the highway hugs close enough to the creek that if you squint hard enough past the shimmering riffles and kaleidoscopic sun flecks atop its surface you can just discern a skinny trout hiding in plain sight like the shadow of a cloud in the water.

Even if one doesn’t paddle or fish, one can’t help from appreciating the erratic nature of its meandering course. The trajectory of the creek is that of a ribbon tethered to a wand that’s been flicked by a wrist. Anyone who has spent sixty seconds around a cat, young or old, knows how the flicker of such movement is the surest way to transform that feline from a ball of sedentary sleep to a pouncing puma. A straight canal is fine for farmers or engineers looking for sheer efficiency. But poetry is found in the whimsical audacity of taking the most indirect means from points A to B. So is a good story, one that takes its time and doesn’t mind getting sidetracked with tangents. Black Earth Creek tells a good story.

But that doesn’t mean it’s all about paddling. In fact, it isn’t. That it’s paddleable at all is a remarkable story – a recent one at that – thanks to considerable volunteer work and community organizing to protect and enhance the creek. The creek is a renowned trout stream, and wherever you happen to be, there’s a good chance you’ll see someone fly-fishing. When the water is high enough, what’s good for the fish also is good for the kayaker. I finally set out in spring 2015 to paddle its entirety, to hear its tale and to learn where I do and do not have any business being.

Determining the actual length of the entire creek is tricky business. For one, everything upstream of Cross Plains itself would be a fool’s errand for paddlers. The creek is just too narrow, shallow and ridden with deadfall. That said, it’s worth noting that it does go all the way back to (which is to say begins in) Middleton for a distance at least as great as that between Black Earth and Mazomanie. A glutton for punishment could begin a trip from Stagecoach Road to Cross Plains, but I personally would leave this area to those casting lines. Then there’s the end of the creek. Only half a mile downstream from Blynn Road, Black Earth Creek meets up with Blue Mounds Creek. Technically speaking, the former is a tributary of the latter. Regardless, where the two meet is half a dozen miles above their eventual destination: the Wisconsin River near Arena.

So it is that for practical purposes this guide takes for granted as its starting point the town of Cross Plains.

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Cross Plains to Scherbel Road

Miles: 3.5 | 2014 Trip Report

You can reasonably put-in behind the Ice Age Alliance building on Main Street. This segment can be pretty shallow, but it’s quite pretty. The creek runs through a recently developed “facelift” of public land along the banks. With a gradient of approximately 7 feet per mile, it’s riffly good fun and very narrow which will result in having to duck under and dodge around a couple obstructions here and there.

Unfortunately, there’s a mother of obstructions just after the first road bridge at Market Street in the form of a one-two punch. The first is an ugly clog of a logjam gathered up in front of a large impassable tree that straddles both banks. The left bank is definitely private land, as you can see the back yard of a house right there. Only a hundred feet or so from this obstruction is a godforsaken cattle gate you’ll need either to hoist your boat over from dry land or stand in the water to thread it through (without letting go and losing it in the peppy current!). Either way this is a crappy way to begin a trip. There will also be other downed trees to portage around as well as dangerous strainers you’ll want to avoid too.

A pretty section follows after crossing under Highway 14, but there will be more obstructions again. After you paddle under Highway 14 a second time you’ll shoot through a low-clearance culvert with a surprising Class I rapid at its base. Finally, a couple hundred yards upstream of the take-out there is what can only be called a disgusting set of two cattle gates totally obstructing not only the water, but both banks as well. Once again, your choice is either to hoist your boat over the wooden barricades on dry land or wade in the water and thread it through. It’s a real pain in the ass one way or the other.

Black Earth Creek Paddle Guide

Scherbel Road to Black Earth (Kahl Road)
Miles: 4 | 2014 Trip Report

I call this the “Don’t Do Section.” Why? Because no one would consider this a fun or relaxing excursion. But on the other hand, if you like to contend with cattle gates (there are three) as well as cattle themselves, and possibly live electrical wires in addition to barbed ones, not to mention lots of downed trees, nasty strainers, and often the proximity of Highway 14 and its noise, then you’ll love getting dirty, annoyed, or even injured! Much more reasonable is to leave this section be; it’s just not worth the aggravation and danger.

There’s good access at Scherbel Road or at Salmo Pond County Park, but it’s only 1.5 miles to South Valley Road from here, where there’s a horrendous wooden cattle gate that barricades the upstream side of the bridge and extends along both banks. You can make your way through via wading or awkwardly plowing through it while still in your boat. Either method is risky and just not worth it.

Like everywhere on Black Earth Creek with similar gates, this one extends past the water up the banks, so you cannot simply portage around them; you must go through. In theory, this style of gate is supposed to swing forward, toward downstream, thus allowing passage (but still enclosing cattle), but I’ve found most of them along the creek to be immovable. Besides, this is a dodgy proposition in the first place.

You cannot simply trust that they will swing forward just because they’re supposed to. When they don’t, here’s what happens in rapid-fire real time. As soon as the bow of your boat hits the gate but does not continue to go forward, the current will push the stern of your boat towards the gate, resulting in your boat going sideways, which one second later will mean you’ll be pinned against the gate. Now you’re in a serious predicament. You’re supposed to always lean towards whatever object the boat is pinned against, but here that means a cattle gate that can be anywhere from 3-5’ high above the water. Conversely, if you lean away from the object against which you’re pinned, the current will immediately fill in the cockpit, and you and boat (assuming you’re still sitting in it) will be pulled underneath the object. If you’re lucky, there won’t be any entanglements underneath the water and you’ll just come up on the other side of the object (fully drenched and probably now separated from your boat). But if there are any entanglements, you may be stuck underneath the water, which could literally be deadly. This is why cattle gates are so dangerous – and of questionable legality in the first place.

From South Valley to Kahl there are some moments of fun riffles and enclosed woodsy scenery, but the bad of the many obstructions outweighs what little good there is.

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Black Earth (Kahl Road or Shoe Box Landing) to Olson Road

Miles: 4.25 | 2015 Trip Report | 2017 Trip Report

The paddling does get better at this point – though not without some snares and snags. The put-in is located across the street from Black Earth Community Park, upstream side of the bridge on river-right. There’s a delightful easy drop on the downstream side of the bridge. In the mile or so before crossing underneath Highway 14 you’ll have a few strainers to avoid, but it should be pretty easy paddling.

On the other side of Highway 14 you’ll be awarded with a sweeping panorama of a glacial valley to the north. Unfortunately, after a lovely section with no trees or worries you’ll come upon a zero-clearance concrete road bridge. You must portage around this, which may require technical trespassing (you have no choice here – unless you can shrink your body to fit inside the cockpit of your kayak). After this lie pretty hills, some boulders, and a pleasant stretch of light rapids after you cross under Highway 14 a second time. The gradient here is about 6 feet per mile, which is pleasant.

Unfortunately, about half a mile downstream from the “Miss U Hicks” railroad bridge you’ll encounter a set of two cattle gates, both dirty and dangerous. The first might already be ajar on the far right, so one could slip underneath it easily enough. But the second will require you to get out and stand in the water to push/pull your boat (and then yourself) through the narrowest sliver. From there it’s smooth sailing to Olson Road.

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Olson Road to Walking Iron Park (Mazomanie)

Miles: 3.75 | 2015 Trip Report

Hands down, this is the best segment of Black Earth Creek. There are good-sized rapids, countless riffles and miniature ledges – the gradient here is a reputable 8 feet per mile – along with several pretty views of surrounding bluffs. Shortly after a greenhouse on the left bank and following a bend to the left you’ll hear a reputable 2’ drop just downstream. It’s none too tricky but don’t underestimate it either. It’s a fun spot to play in as well. This is immediately followed by another drop, much smaller and a piece of cake. After these will be one mini ledge after another, so constructed to oxidize the water and be more amenable to trout habitat but with the serendipitous side effect of making nonstop fun for paddlers!

As you pass under Highway 14 – this one conspicuously taller than any other so as to allow for trains in the former depot town that is Mazomanie – you’ll be enclosed within a wooded area for a mile or so, where there are more light rapids. Be careful at the railroad bridge, as debris tends to collect here and may prevent passage between the pylons. While you’ll paddle past many back yards here, the banks are unusually high, allowing for a secluded feel. There’s a fun little drop at the bottom of the pedestrian bridge at Walking Iron Park. Many trips end here, though you could continue for another mile to the next bridge at Hudson Road, where there’s a decent access point on the left, upstream side of the bridge. Plus you don’t have to schlep your boat and gear 350’ as you do for Walking Iron Park.

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Walking Iron Park (Mazomanie) to Blynn Road

Miles: 5.25 | 2013 Trip Report

This section is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it’s pretty and scenic, offering more views of the Driftless hills. The gradient here has slowed down, but it’s still 5 feet per mile, which is nothing to sneeze at. On the other hand, obstructions tend to be a deterrent and Highway 14 is never far away (often, its ridiculously close proximity distracts or detracts from the paddling).

Volunteers do a commendable job maintaining this section, but the narrowness of the stream in tandem with its tree-lined banks means that deadfall is always likely. This doesn’t necessarily mean having to portage all the time, if ever. But it does mean that you’ll need to be comfortable with and capable of maneuvering around, under, or over obstacles in a stream with some current. There is one last cattle gate in this section, located on the downstream side of the Morrill Road bridge. It does swing forward – the gates are actually dangled from above, tied to a guardrail from the bridge itself – but you won’t know that until you actually push through, which can be intimidating!

Lastly, when not wooded, this section is surrounded by nothing more than farmland, and on a windy day this can make for an exhausting and frustrating experience.


Blynn Road to Arena (Wisconsin River)

Miles: 6.25 | 2014 Trip Report

For a number of reasons this trip isn’t really recommended. For one, what has been for all this time since Cross Plains an essentially clear stream with peppy current and an attractive sand-gravel substrate, almost immediately becomes a muddy brown quagmire that will be significantly deeper than the otherwise shallow nature of Black Earth Creek. The reason for this is the merging with Blue Mounds Creek only half a mile downstream from Blynn Road. And the gradient here is about 2 feet per mile. Expect at least two portages, possibly more.

The best thing one can say about this trip is its isolation. After Blynn Road you’ll pass under the last railroad bridge, and then there’s just nothing out there but for trees, grassy banks, hunting blinds and some ramshackle footbridges until the Wisconsin River confluence (“Wisconfluence”?). The confluence is pretty cool. There’s an island that splits the mainstream of the Wisconsin River (which will look colossal in comparison to the creek). If you take a sharp left (the southern channel), you’ll experience a kind of river-creek hybrid feel that’s unique.

If you take the second left, you’ll have a full mile of Wisconsin River paddling, which is a rewarding treat to end the day paddle. In itself, this trip is hardly a bad prospect, but it’s a little dull and blah – especially in comparison to its more classic trout stream nature upstream.

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  • Wow this is amazing! Great work, I just bought a house in black earth and have been wondering about kayaking the creek, looks awesome! I'll be checking out all your other stuff too!

  • Hey there,

    Thanks so much! We're glad you found us, and congrats on the house! We just paddled the creek again two weeks ago at 70 cfs, and it was wonderful, Olson Rd to the 2nd Hudson St bridge (the Mazo section). Talked to other paddlers who put in behind the Shoe Box and stated that there's a new kayak-friendly fence at the farm that pushes forward (allowing paddlers through without portaging). We haven't checked it out yet, but this sounds like great news!

    Cheers!

  • Awesome, I'm probably going to go next weekend from Olsen to Blynn, maybe Shoe Box now with that news to add a little more to the trip. Do you guys do any group paddles or have a FB group? I plan on kayaking e/o weekend or so, would love some knowledgeable people to help out this novice.

  • We don’t host a lot of group paddles but it has happened – the challenge can be aligning schedules – and we tend to be last minute on where we’re headed due to weather, etc. There’s a few groups in the area that you can find on our link page under Clubs + Groups. I’ve found a few on Facebook too. Hope that helps! http://www.milespaddled.com/links/

  • Paddled Olson Rd. to West end of Hudson St. on May 30. 60 CFS at 2.1 ft. on the Black Earth USGS gauge was a good level, not too scrapy. About 5 portages around deadfall, some a little muddy, but not too onerous. Fun stretch if you have some moving water skills. Jon

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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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