Black River
★ ★ ★ ★

Black River III

By on December 2, 2016

Melrose to North Bend
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

One of the best sections anywhere on the lower Black River, this trip features miles of lush sandy beaches (perfect for picnics or overnight campouts), a sense of sheer wilderness and being away from it all, stunningly tall sand bluffs, three exposed rock outcrop walls, one side canyon, and one waterfall for the intrepid paddler to explore.

Date:
November 4, 2016

Class Difficulty:
Flatwater

Gradient:
≈2.5′ per mile

Gauge:
Galesville: ht/ft: 5.16 | cfs: 1900

Recommended Levels:
We recommend this level. But this section of the river should always have enough water to paddle.

Put-In:
Public boat launch off Highway 71, Melrose, Wisconsin
Take-Out:
North Bend Drive Landing, North Bend, Wisconsin

Time: Put in at 10:15a. Out at 1:00p.
Total Time: 2h 45m
Miles Paddled: 9.75

Wildlife: Great blue herons, deer, crows, bald eagles, turtles, hawks and a blue-winged teal.

This trip was a revisit from a longer one I did on the beloved Black River about six years ago, in a dimly lit, pre-dawn time before I had even heard of Miles Paddled or brought a camera with me while paddling. As a friend of mine likes to joke (and cue the deep baritone movie trailer voice here), “In a time before space and time…”

Anyway, the last time we were out this way was about three years ago for what was an overnight expedition beginning in Black River Falls. Our intention was to go all the way down to North Bend, but the current was slow and so was our pace. In the end, rather than push it – especially with two twelve-year-olds at the time – we settled on taking out at Melrose, the next take-out option before North Bend. As a result, coming back to “complete” things, by putting-in at Melrose and taking-out at North Bend, has been on my bucket list since 2013. It’s less an OCD thing than wanting to compare such a trip now with my initial experience in 2010.

This go-around did not disappoint. In fact, it really was exactly as I had remembered it – but with two surprises in finding waterfalls. It’s not often that memory is so reliable, especially on a segment of a big river first paddled six years ago, after paddling a couple thousand miles of various rivers in between, etc. (And on that 2010 trip I was a bit ambitious. I’d put in at Irving and took out in North Bend, for what would be a 21-mile day trip – not to mention a bike shuttle nearly as far. I don’t remember how long it took me, but I did not have time to stop and smell the roses along the way.)

In retrospect, paddling it this time around so late in the season was less than ideal, since the trees were leafless and the environment a little more austere in that late-autumn, unadorned way. Moreover, like the lower Wisconsin River, the lower Black River is at its best, at its essential-most zenith, in summer. It’s a quintessential summertime river environment – hot days, cold beers, sunscreen, shorts and flip flops, swimsuits and quick dips to cool off, picnicking or camping on sandbars, the whole nine yards. Even in unseasonably warm November, this was not the right time to paddle. But it was still a fun trip. It’s as scenic as it is tranquil, with great accesses and no concerns about obstacles or obstructions. (Well, unless you take the “gamble channel” to the County Road VV take-out instead of the North Bend take-out, but more on that below.)

What we liked:
First off, it’s always fun to begin a trip where one ended an earlier one (in this case, from three years ago). There’s a sense of continuity, of connecting past and present. Rivers themselves are like that, always flowing, never the same, constantly at their sources and destinations simultaneously…

Right off the bat you’ll paddle past a large sandbar island. I took the right channel, as it seemed more practical, and I’m sure glad I did. One section of it was about 10’ tall (which is pretty tall for an island) and was entirely scalloped by wave-line formations that had to have been caused by the flood-stage water levels from the rains of late September. The serendipitous patterns imprinted on the sand – even embossed looking – were quite stunning. (Elsewhere on the trip I’d also see giant pile-ups of trees presumably swept away during those same high waters. Both spooky and surreal, the height of the river and the sheer force of its current.)

On the downstream side of the sandbar island I was privy to something I’ve never been so lucky to witness before: two deer that swam from the island to the opposite bank directly before me, no more than 35 yards away. It truly was breathtaking. At first, I assumed they were taking a drink; but then they kept walking into the water until fully submerged, only their heads above the water line, as they bobbed forward slowly but surely to the other side. It really was an incredible experience to behold.

Then, just after that, you’ll come upon a long graceful sweep of a stunningly tall sand cliff on the right, at least 60 feet high. Such cliffs are frequent along the lower Black River – particularly in the sections downstream from this trip, i.e., from North Bend to Highway 53 and also from Highway 53 to Highway 35. Such sandy cliffs are common too on the Eau Claire, Chippewa, and Red Cedar Rivers, and they’re always a real delight. The sheer size of them positively dwarfs the puny paddler.

Shortly after the sand cliff, after a couple football field-sized sandbars, you’ll see the first of three total rock outcrop sections on this trip, all of them on river-right. They’re more rock walls than cliffs or bluffs, somehwat modest, but still quite attractive and a fun novelty to sidle up to. If you look for it, you’ll see a small recess in the rock wall and a tiny trickle of a stream that leads into a small side canyon. Paddling up this stream is not easy because there’s an incredible cluster of downed trees – so many in such a concentration that it appears to be intentional, not coincidental; that someone constructed such barriers to prevent paddlers from exploring the mini canyon. (At the top of the bank on the left side is a cabin that overlooks the mini canyon. And this section of the lower Black River is very popular. Just saying…) Anyway, it’s worth the inconvenience because at the end of the stream is an oval-shaped sandstone gorge at the top of which is a lip where the stream pours over and falls into a pool below. The fall was little more than a drippy trickle on this day, since it hadn’t rained in weeks. But one can imagine a much more magical effect after a recent rain!

Bear in mind that the above-mentioned – the wave-lined sandbar island, the sandy cliff, the exposed rock outcrops, and the side canyon, all of these are in the first 1-2 miles. It’s a heckuva beginning to a trip.

After the side canyon the landscape relaxes a little and feels pretty modest for a few miles. It’s a little monotonous, but it’s never ugly or truly boring. Either way, the sense of isolation is palpable, as there’s hardly any sight or sound of development anywhere. Virtually this entire trip lies along public land on the river-left, contiguous parcels of state natural areas that feature floodplains and bottomlands. The first of these is called the Black River Savanna SNA, the other the North Bend Bottoms Wildlife Area (which in turn encloses the North Bend Wet Prairie SNA). In theory, an intrepid paddler could explore these backwaters, any number of which have tributary streams, sloughs, and side channels. Whether you wish to do so, or can (in terms of down trees), is up to your druthers and how much time you have to be on the water.

The river will gently bend here and there in long, easy arcs, and you’ll come upon the second and eventually third rock outcrop sections. At the second, you’ll also see a shimmering vista of tall hills in the background. Like in many places in Jackson County, from far away these hills look like mini mountains. It’s one of many reasons that we so love this part of the state, where there’s an undeniable northcountry feel to it, even though it’s west-central Wisconsin and only two hours away from Madison.

After the third section of rock outcrops you’ll see a large island towards the left bank. On the upstream side of the island is a sign that tells paddlers to take the right channel, which is the main channel and leads directly to the presumed take-out in North Bend at the bar. That said, the adventuresome paddler could go left. In his write-up for this trip, esteemed author Mike Svob warns that the left channel is too choked with deadfall. But is that really so? I mean, it might have been at the time of his writing, but that was over 15 years ago. If you do take the left channel, then you’ll want to take out at the official boat launch of County Road VV. Otherwise, you’d have to turn right at the end of the large island and then paddle upstream to North Bend for a good half-mile past nothing more than a line of houses. I scouted the County Road VV take-out, and the channel there is very wide, the current strong. I saw no signs of deadfall or reasons to portage. If such obstructions do exist, it’s doubtful that there are many. Besides, taking the left channel adds only half a mile to this trip, and the access at County Road VV is excellent – better in terms of being less busy than North Bend. (You could still take the right/main channel and take out at County Road VV without much hassle, but all you’ll pass along the way is a row of houses facing the river in North Bend.)

But wait, there’s one last huzzah! At the take-out in North Bend (which is behind a bar with a river-facing patio – a great place for a post-paddle beer and bite to eat, by the way) you’ll see yet another skimpy, shallow side stream on the right called Mill Creek. Turn into it and you’ll encounter a couple down trees and low-hanging branches to negotiate, but these are miniscule nuisances and well-worth the slight inconvenience. For only 25 yards later you’ll be at the bottom of a beautiful and totally random waterfall. It’s more of a ledge, about 8’ tall, but it’s surrounded by a mini-gorge of gloriously colored sandstone, the wettest of which feature ochre and green mineral streaks down the rock faces. This waterfall itself is below yet another waterfall just upstream of it, the latter created by a dam (but still quite striking). I mean, how often does one see a double waterfall? The views are a heckuva good way to wrap up what was already a very pretty trip!

What we didn’t like:
We here at Miles Paddled try to be as objective and equanimous as possible in order to provide the most impartial information to you, dear reader. Naturally, there will always be a bias since we’re just two guys, just two human beings. That disclaimer should be a given. But we do try to put our personal cravings or aversions aside, since those are relative. We know that something we uniquely love might be lost on another paddler, just as something (usually minor) we’d just as soon skip might be the bee’s knees for someone else. Again, this should be a given.

So, when it comes to offering something we didn’t like on a specific trip, we strive to be as level-minded as possible. Indeed, sometimes there is that rare trip we are so fortunate to experience that is flawless and unblemished by any quibble or preference. But those are the five-star trips that are hard to come by. Not that we look to find faults or paddle with half-empty expectations; but by the same token we don’t want to come off as moon-eyed romantics who fall and fawn for every such river whim. Very few sections of very few rivers can be truly considered perfect, no matter how critical one is.

With that in mind, the only matter to mention for this trip is what we’ve said before about the Black River: some segments of it can be a little monotonous and dull, notwithstanding the stunning punctuations along the way, be they side canyons, cliffs, tall sandbanks, waterfalls, rapids, rock outcrops, etc. It’s not like the Kickapoo River from Ontario to La Farge or the Bois Brule River, where the paddling experience is like going to the geological equivalent of Disney World and mile after mile shines with wonder after wonder. But such rivers or sections of rivers are exceedingly rare. If the lower Black River could be “edited” in such a way as to feature 40 miles of nonstop knee-knocking splendor, then it too would be a flawless, five-star trip – a true, must-do sojourn anywhere in the Upper Midwest.

But the relatively monotonous moments are very minor quibbles. They’re just something we feel obliged to mention in order to come off as down-to-earth and real insofar as what can be expected. We love this day trip and totally recommend it. In fact, just about any trip on the Black River is worth doing, the lower or upper sections (downstream from Black River Falls or upstream, respectively). It and its many incredible tributaries are why this part of Wisconsin is probably our favorite place to go paddling.

Well, OK, the fact that entrance to the first mini-gorge waterfall was so blocked off with trees was a little annoying, especially since it had the appearance of being deliberately created to prevent paddlers from exploring this unique gem. We can only hope that we’re wrong about this and that the clusters of tree debris were created naturally. But…

If we did this trip again:
We’d definitely do this again, but in summertime next time. Ideally, if we could time it after a recent rain to see the full effect of the waterfall side canyon near the Melrose boat launch, even better. (And you best believe that we’ll be there armed to the teeth with saws and clippers to allow for passage into the gorge!)

Also, while any of the trips down the lower Black River are fully adaptable for kayaks, we feel that it’s more of a canoeing river, especially if doing an overnight expedition. Like the lower Wisconsin, the lower Black is broad and wide, resplendent in lush sandbars, with pretty much no obstacles or tight, twisty meanders. As such, it’s perfect for canoes. Some day (now cue the corny Sousa march music) we’d like to do the whole lower Black River from Black River Falls down to Trempealeau/Onalaska. Til then, any combination of sections will be sure to reward a paddler.

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Related Information:
Black River I: Black River Falls to Melrose
Black River II: Hatfield to Black River Falls
Guide: Paddling Southern Wisconsin
Map: Black River Country
Map: Wisconsin DNR
Outfitter: North Bend Canoe Rental
Wikipedia: Black River

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Shuttle Information:
8.5 miles, almost all of which is along Highway 54. Totally adequate for bicycling, but not ideal. Several hills will humble even the best cyclist.

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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 IV
5.20.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Mifflin to Jones Branch Road

Pecatonica River III
4.16.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Brownton to Winslow

Pecatonica River II
11.15.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Darlington to Red Rock

Pecatonica River I
6.16.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Calamine to Darlington

Pecatonica River: East Branch

Pecatonica River: East Branch V
5.2.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Woodford to Highway 11

Pecatonica River: East Branch IV
4.11.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Argyle to Blackhawk Memorial County Park

Pecatonica River: East Branch III
3.16.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway HK to Hollandale

Pecatonica River: East Branch II
11.19.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Hollandale to Blanchardville

Pecatonica River: East Branch I
9.29.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Blanchardville to Argyle

Pecatonica River: Mineral Point Branch

Pecatonica River: Mineral Point Branch
7.30.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Oak Park Road to County Road O

Peshekee River (MI)

Peshekee River
8.31.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Peshekee Grade to 3-Mile Mark

Peshtigo River

Peshtigo River
9.2.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Burnt Bridge to Goodman Park

Pigeon River

Pigeon River
12.5.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road J to Lake Michigan

Pine River

Pine River (Lincoln)
9.7.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Center Road to County Road W

Pine River III (Richland)
7.26.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Rockbridge to County Road AA

Pine River II (Richland)
5.12.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Krouskop Park to Twin Bluffs Road

Pine River I (Richland)
4.7.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Rockbridge to County Road AA

Piscasaw Creek (IL)

Piscasaw Creek III
4.17.17 | ☆ ☆
Denny Road to Squaw Prairie Road

Piscasaw Creek II
4.12.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Streit Road to Denny Road

Piscasaw Creek I
4.9.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Maxon Road to Streit Road

Platte River

Platte River Overview
Our Guide to the Platte River

Platte River V
3.27.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road A to Platte Road

Platte River IV
10.28.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Big Platte Road to Indian Creek Road

Platte River III
11.10.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Platte Road to Big Platte Road

Platte River II
9.22.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Ellenboro to Platte Road

Platte River I
6.19.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Ellenboro to County Road B

Plover River

Plover River
5.19.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Jordan Park to Iverson Park

Prairie River

Prairie River II
5.27.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road C to Stange’s Park

Prairie River I
11.17.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Haymeadow Creek to Prairie Road

Puchyan River

Puchyan River
04.19.15 | ☆ ☆
County Road J to Huckleberry Road

Red River

Red River
12.9.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Gresham to County Road A

Red Cedar River

Red Cedar River
5.30.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Menomonie to Downsville

Robinson Creek

Robinson Creek II
5.7.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Old County Road I to Kelly Road

Robinson Creek I
7.8.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Old County Road I to Kelly Road

Rock Creek

Rock Creek
3.26.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Lake Mills to Millford

Rock River

Rock River IV
7.16.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Watertown to Johnson Creek

Rock River III
9.27.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Kanow Park to County Road P

Rock River II
9.21.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Janesville to Beloit

Rock River I (IL)
8.4.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Oregon to Dixon

Root River

Root River
8.2.13 | ☆ ☆
5 Mile Road to Horlick Dam

Root River: South Branch (MN)

Root River: South Branch
9.20.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 5 to Preston Trailhead Park

Rubicon River

Rubicon River
5.27.15 | ☆ ☆
Saylesville to Neosho

Seeley Creek

Seeley Creek
5.4.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Seeley Lake to Hatchery Road

Six Mile Creek

Six Mile Creek
6.7.14 | ☆
Waunakee Village Park to South Woodland Drive

Spring Creek

Spring Creek
4.20.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Fair Street to County Road V

St. Croix River

St. Croix River II
8.11.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Osceola to Somerset Landing

St. Croix River I
8.8.10 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
St. Croix Falls to Osceola

Starkweather Creek

Starkweather Creek
6.08 | ☆
Yahara River to Highway 30

Sugar Creek

Sugar Creek II
4.17.17 | ☆
Bowers Road to State Road 120

Sugar Creek I
4.15.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road ES to Bowers Road

Sugar River

Sugar River Overview
Our Guide to the Sugar River

Upper Sugar River
…………………………………

Sugar River XII
7.24.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
White Crossing Road to Valley Road

Sugar River X
10.4.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 69 to County Road A

Sugar River IX
3.28.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road A to Belleville

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

Sugar River III
7.22.11 | ☆
Valley Road to Paoli

Sugar River II
7.3.11 | ☆
Paoli to Belleville

Middle Sugar River
…………………………………

Sugar River XI
11.15.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Attica to Albany

Sugar River VI
5.18.14 | ☆ ☆
Albany to Brodhead

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

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

Lower Sugar River
…………………………………

Sugar River VIII
9.6.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Brodhead to Avon

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

Sugar River: West Branch

Sugar River: West Branch
7.27.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Fritz Road to County Road PB

Token Creek

Token Creek III
5.22.11 | ☆
Token Creek County Park to Cherokee Park

Token Creek II
8.22.09 | ☆ ☆
Token Creek County Park to Cherokee Park

Token Creek I
5.2.09 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Token Creek County Park to Cherokee Park

Tomorrow River

Tomorrow River
7.4.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Rolling Hills Road to Amherst

Trappe River

Trappe River
8.2.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road WW to Wisconsin River Road

Trempealeau River

Trempealeau River II
9.27.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 35 to Perrot State Park

Trempealeau River I
8.16.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Whitehall to Independence

Turtle Creek

Turtle Creek Overview
Our Guide to Turtle Creek

Turtle Creek VI
3.20.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Fairfield to Sweet-Allyn Park

Turtle Creek V
6.21.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
School Section Road to O’Riley Road

Turtle Creek IV
6.19.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Springs Park to School Section Road

Turtle Creek III
7.14.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
O’Riley Road to Sweet-Allyn Park

Turtle Creek II
7.13.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sweet-Allyn Park to Dickop Street

Turtle Creek I
8.6.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sweet-Allyn Park to Dickop Street

Upper Iowa River (IA)

Upper Iowa River II
5.29.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Kendallville to Bluffton

Upper Iowa River I
5.24.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Chimney Rock Road to Bluffton Road

Waupaca River

Waupaca River VI
6.2.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Weyauwega to Decker Memorial Park

Waupaca River V
10.24.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Amherst to Durrant Road

Waupaca River IV
4.12.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Highway Q to Brainards Bridge Park

Waupaca River III
9.22.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Highway DD to County Highway Q

Waupaca River II
7.7.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Highway Q to Brainards Bridge Park

Waupaca River I
7.9.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Highway Q to Brainards Bridge Park

Wausau Whitewater Park

Wausau Whitewater Park
7.13.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Wausau, Wisconsin

Wedges Creek

Wedges Creek
9.20.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Middle Road to Black River Lodge Resort

White River

White River III (Walworth)
3.12.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sheridan Springs Road to Lyons

White River (Waushara)
11.1.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road YY to Czech Lane

White River (Bayfield)
8.16.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Maple Ridge Road to Highway 112

White River II (Walworth)
6.30.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Sheridan Springs Road to Wagner Park

White River I (Walworth)
5.15.10 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sheridan Springs Road to Lyons

Willow Creek

Willow Creek
8.5.17 + 8.22.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 58 to Dog Hollow Road

Wisconsin River

Lower Wisconsin River
…………………………………

Lower Wisconsin Overview
Our Guide to the Lower Wisconsin Riverway

Wisconsin River VIII
6.22-6.23.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Lone Rock to Muscoda

Wisconsin River IV
9.4-9.5.10 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Prairie Du Sac to Arena

Wisconsin River III
5.29-5.31.10 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Arena to Gotham

Wisconsin River II
9.5-9.7.09 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Gotham to Boscobel

Wisconsin River I
8.22-8.24.08 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Boscobel to Wyalusing State Park

Middle Wisconsin River
…………………………………

Wisconsin River XV
7.11.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Castle Rock Dam to Lyndon Station

Wisconsin River XIV
10.11.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
River Bay Road to Norway Drive

Wisconsin River XIII
6.13.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Pine Island to Portage

Wisconsin River XI
4.22.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Portage to Dekorra

Wisconsin River IX
10.13.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Lyndon Station to Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin River VII
8.6.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Wisconsin Dells to Norway Drive

Wisconsin River VI
8.15.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Dekorra to Whalen Bay

Wisconsin River V
6.1.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Lyndon Station to Wisconsin Dells

Upper Wisconsin River
…………………………………

Wisconsin River XII
5.11.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Grandfather Dam to Lokemoen Road

Wisconsin River X
12.2.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Pine River to Texas

Wolf River

Wolf River III
9.6.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Lily to Hollister

Wolf River II
9.5.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road A to Lily

Wolf River I
8.29.09 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Lily to Langlade

Yahara River

Yahara River Overview
Our Guide to the Yahara River

Upper Yahara River
…………………………………

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

Yahara River XI
4.19.16 | ☆ ☆
Windsor to Highway 113

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

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

Middle Yahara River
…………………………………

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

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

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

Lower Yahara River
…………………………………

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

Yahara River IV
6.6.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Murwin County Park to Janesville

Yahara River III
7.13.10 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park

Yahara River II
9.08 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Stebbensville Road to County Road H

Yahara River I
8.08 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park

Yellow Creek (IL)

Yellow Creek
4.19.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Bolton Road to Krape Park

Yellow River

Yellow River (Taylor)
8.31.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Miller Dam to County Road H

Yellow River (IA)

Yellow River II
5.6.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Old Sixteen Road to Highway 76

Yellow River I
5.5.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway X16 to Old Sixteen Road

Zumbro River (MN)

Zumbro River
6.1.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Zumbro Falls to Millville


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