Big Bureau Creek
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Big Bureau Creek

By on August 1, 2016

Red Covered Bridge Park to County Road 1150
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After years of waiting for the right levels, we finally got a taste of Big Bureau Creek. Wider than expected, this run was riffly, swift and altogether interesting. It was a bucket list paddle that did not disappoint.

Date:
June 17, 2016

Class Difficulty:
Class I(II)

Gradient:
~5.5′ per mile.

Gauge:
Big Bureau Creek: ht/ft: 4.45 | cfs: 640

Recommended Levels:
These are ideal levels. Based on information from Tom Lindblade and Mark Morrall, 350 cfs would be absolute minimum and 450 cfs is ideal.

Put-In:
Red Covered Bridge Park, County Road 1950 E, Princeton, Illinois
Take-Out:
County Road 1790 E/County Road 1150 N, north of Tiskilwa, Illinois

Time: Put in at 1:20p. Out at 4:45p.
Total Time: 3h 25m
Miles Paddled: 13

Wildlife: Deer, turtles, geese, fish and heron.

We spend a lot of time watching gauges. And it’s quite possible that no greater time has been spent watching any one gauge more than Big Bureau Creek’s. After seeing videos by Tom Lindblade and Mark Morrall some years ago, Big Bureau quickly became a priority on our Illinois to-do list. And in some ways, it almost became an obsession to visit after years of finicky water levels.

When we’ve had our chances, other things got in the way. And when nothing was in the way, the water levels were less than ideal. It drains quickly – very quickly. So it’s best to drop everything and jump on it when you can. Thankfully our opportunity, after years of waiting and watching, finally came to fruition this year.

We got our water level information from Tom and Morral’s two videos. One where Mr. Lindblade noted that 300 cfs is perfect and the other, from Morral’s DVD, River Trails of Northern Illinois, where they paddled it at 450 cfs. So we’ve been targeting between the two for the right time to strike.

After a heavy week of rain, there were many paddling options throughout Southern Wisconsin but even better, Illinois options opened up. We often say that it can be feast or famine when it comes to levels (and it’s really quite true) but none more is true than paddling in Illinois. There’s a plethora of excellent paddling opportunities but it’s even thirstier down there than it is in our own backyard so it’s best to take advantage when the advantage is given.

With the sudden spike in levels, we decided to head down to paddle it on a Friday, just incase it was too low by Saturday (and because it was literally dropping by the minute). Now in hindsight, we certainly could’ve paddled this on Saturday but it was worth not taking the chance (in fact, it afforded us another excellent run on Saturday – another must-paddle destination in the area… stay tuned).

What we liked:
The drive to Red Covered Bridge Park is a short jaunt from Princeton. You’ll know you’re getting close to the park once you drive through (what else?) the Red Covered Bridge which one has to appreciate on adorability alone. It’s a pretty and well-maintained bridge that acts as a grand-entrance to the actual park itself, which is essentially a small side-of-the-road wayside with decent parking but no facilities.

As soon as we scouted the put-in, it was obvious to the eyeball test that the water was swift. We even had to ask ourselves if it were safe to paddle. But of course, if we kept our wits, were smart and expect that a river (or creek in this case) that was moving at 3000 cfs as recently as the previous morning was probably carrying some debris with it, we’d be fine. Plus, as mentioned, this creek was dropping at such a quick pace that by the time we were done, it was going to be much lower than when we started.

We launched directly under the covered bridge which involves minimal ambling down some rocks but it’s not too difficult. There are a few options just upstream that require small-bank descents if you want to approach the bridge instead of beginning under it.

Once on the water, you’re greeted almost immediately with riffles and this will continue most of the trip, save for one quieter, yet still engaging section. In general, Big Bureau is as riffly, wonderful and exhilirating as billed. There are numerous tall sand and clay banks that really are the hallmark of the creek. Inbetween, it alternates between low-banked agricultural environs and though rare, sometimes woodsy passages. Mini islands and gravel bars pop up occasionally but there are surely more in lower water.

What immediately struck us was how wide this “creek” was. It was much wider – think even wider than the Yahara – than we anticipated. It wasn’t intimate as far as narrow but there are certainly narrow “doorways” and moments between gravel and sandbars where the current just grasps your boat and spits you out into another wider section. It’s more intimate in the sense that there wasn’t much, if any, development and it often feels remote.

The water wasn’t the familiar blue-green color which is common to streams in this area, but that was expected with all the stirred up mud and clay from recent rains. On occasion, there was a familiar hue in pools when the sun hit just right but it was mostly brown today. And though we expected mud, it wasn’t all that noticeable.

And despite all the rain, there was no deadfall or portages or wire (as was once reported) to contend with. Most of that would be due to, again, how wide this creek is. There also wasn’t very much wildlife to speak of. But then again, we were having too much fun and were probably too damn loud – which gave plenty of notice to any bank dwellers.

From the put-in to Highway 80 is an absolutely delightful section. You’ll wind your way through sand, low cut mud banks and impressively high clay bluffs. Riffles and standing waves will greet you sporadically. You may noticed that I skipped a bridge, that being Backbone Road/County Road 1815. That’s because, on this day, it was being replaced so it didn’t exist but it resulted in one of the highlights of this first section – a fun little splashy drop (which also resulted in a wave of water in my boat, the first of a couple this day). No idea when the project will be complete but best to take advantage of the situation while you still can.

Between Highway 80 and Highway 34, the excitement seems to die down a bit with nominal riffles but still pretty scenery of sandbars to navigate in and sporadic canopy. A highlight of this section is the all-wood Captain Swift Bridge which is another but more modern covered bridge and it’s a thing of beauty. Two covered bridges in one paddle? Yes, please!

After 34, the excitement returns and it continues all the way to the take-out. More riffles, more banks, gravel bars, more standing waves and noticeably more agricultural erosion along high corn. The best part is the Class I(II) drop where the Hennepin Canal is siphoned beneath Big Bureau. It’s a fun and splashy (and scenic) drop.

It’s at that point that you could consider taking-out and portaging up to the Hennepin Canal. And while we had considered taking advantage of the Hennepin part of the paddle – being a charming diversion and all – after scouting and confirming, we resigned ourselves to the fact that, historic as it may be, it is indeed a canal and that’s it – a slow stagnant canal. You’re better off continuing down the Big Bureau (we ended up getting our Hennepin fix but in an entirely different way but we’ll get to that shortly).

Continuing on affords you, well, just more of the same instead of flat canal water. It’s a short leg to the take-out at the County Road 1790 bridge, which is a very accommodating place for putting-in/taking-out/fishing or even swimming as Timothy can attest to. And as a reminder just how strong this creek can get in times of high water, there’s a huge log-jam with full trees piled up against the bridge pylons to punctuate this section.

Coming on the tails of recent rains, the word of the day, was indeed “swift” because the other thing about the level we paddled it at was the speed we paddled it. It was nearly a record. At the 350 level, Lindblade/Morrall suggested that 13 miles would take about 5 hours. At these levels, however, we paddled 13 miles in just under 3.5 hours which is pretty impressive. The current was moving and if you blinked, you’d miss 13 miles of excellent Illinois paddling.

After a great paddle, our next item on the agenda was to find camping. We asked some locals about camping at the take-out and they suggested there was lots of options around. They alluded to numbers on the Hennepin which in hindsight made sense but at the time, our lack of familiarity with the area, it didn’t. Our phone suggested that Hennepin State park was 10 miles west, so despite heading East for the following day’s paddle, we shot West to search for camping.

In hindsight, it should have been easy, but then again, nothing in Illinois is easy. See, what we didn’t know until we traveled to Hennepin State Park (where there is indeed a park but it’s not a camping-park) was that camping is allowed along many designated areas beside the Hennepin – basically near the locks – which is what the numbers correspond to. There’s a kiosk at the park, which, after some deciphering, explains the locations of places to camp along the Hennepin. The cost for a night? $8. Not too shabby. (And by the way, this is after taking Svob’s suggestion that there was camping available in Princeton – that information is outdated – the camping at Lake DePue Park doesn’t really exist. Although so locals suggested we go ask the cops if it’s OK to camp there that night. No thanks!)

Not only did we not expect camping along the canal but we couldn’t have found a more ideal location and it was so convenient after such inconvenience of not knowing where to camp. We found an ideal and insanely large camping spot. We inquired to the only other locals drinking at a nearby site about payment. They said some guy would be around to collect the $8. That “guy” or ranger never stopped by, so we still owe the Hennepin $8 (which I’m sure we’ll get some sort of ticket in the mail for because, ya know… Illinois).

For future reference, we also inquired about firewood, to which these folks also had the hook-up to some guy by the name of Clyde. He was willing to unload a truckload of wood for $40. And by truckload, let’s be literal here. It was practically an entire barn of barn wood. Only staying for a night, we said we’d take about $20 worth (feeling kind of bad that he made the trip). Even that was too much wood for us (think cord of wood) so we took only about half. Clyde, being a fair salesmen asked for $15 and was on his way (Clyde’s digits incase you need some firewood on the Hennepin: 779-348-5988)

After the wood delivery, we were starving and too lazy to cook anything so we headed into Wyanet and took Yelp’s suggestion for dinner. Disaster Shack was the choice. A cavernous old hardware store turned-something, then-probably-turned-something-else, and then something-else, etc., turned Burger Joint. And it hit the spot (neither of us took the F5 challenge but damned if I didn’t try to get Timothy to get his picture on the wall – and who couldn’t use another t-shirt?).

After eating this and this, we ambled our way back to camp after a solid day. Camping next to Hennepin was again, not what we were expecting but it was perfect. After downing some Goldilocks (fitting for the day and this paddle) we were off to sleep, serenaded by the distant sounds of train bellows.

A brief history on the Hennepin Canal: Initially known as the Illinois and Mississippi Canal (the I&M) and constructed in 1890, the canal was built to create a shipping shortcut from the Mississippi to the Illinois River to reduce the distance from Rock Island to Chicago by 419 miles, a much cheaper prospect considering how costly railroad was at the time. However, by the time the canal was finished in 1907, the cost of shipping by rail had gotten much cheaper and barge sizes increased, making the canal nearly obsolete. By the 30s, it was used primarily for recreational traffic until that ended in 1951. Today, the 33 locks sit idle and the canal is used for only recreation. For paddling purposes, it’s slow and stagnate and would certainly be entertaining to few.

The Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park brochure I picked up states “If canoeing is your sport, come ready for a workout! The waters are calm so back and arm power are required. The locks are no longer operational and must be portaged. Lock 21 east is particularly tough. For a great 1-2 trip, begin at Rock Falls and continue to the Visitor Center.” While it’s almost certain, we’ll never seek out the Hennepin for one of our trips, it is an interesting and historic opportunity if you like flatwater.

But when we’re in the area again, we’ll absolutely spend a night camping next to this historic canal once again.

What we didn’t like:
The drive through Illinois. It’s a terrible 2.5 hour drive. I’ve only driven this route once before but it’s been etched in my memory – accurately so – as boring as all hell. It was back in 1999 when we drove to see Ani Difranco in Bloomington/Normal Illinois (why we drove that far? No idea, but man I was pretty smitten with her back then) and it’s as flat and boring as I remembered. Of course, add on the tolls, traffic, bad drivers and it’s just a despicable drive. Timothy took the backroad-non-toll scenic route from Madison – much more sensible and recommendable.

If we did this trip again:
Absolutely. We’d love to try this at a different level (though that’s just getting picky) only to see what else is revealed on this beloved creek.

There are many creeks that feed the Illinois that are well-documented and we’re happy to add to the first-hand information on a great stream like this, but we need to thank people like Tom, the Morralls, Bob Tyler and those at paddleaway.com for highlighting this creek. The itch was finally scratched and it was definitely worth the wait and effort.

The Big Bureau doesn’t earn a 5-star rating on reputation alone or certainly even jaw-dropping scenery. It’s just a helluva lot of fun on a pretty, river-sized creek.

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Related Information:
Guide: Paddling Illinois by Mike Svob
Guide: Canoeing Adventures in Northern Illinois by Bob Tyler
Video: Tom Lindblade
Video: Tom Lindblade
Video: Rock Dam via Korey Atterberry
Wikipedia: Big Bureau Creek

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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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