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Milwaukee River IX

By on August 3, 2017

Estabrook Park to Bruce Street
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A return to one of our favorite river trips, this final section of the Milwaukee River offers a unique mix of environmental and urban with sights natural and human-made along the way. The higher the water level, the better the rapids, which made this redux trip even more fun than the first time!

Date:
July 2, 2017

Skill Level: Beginners would be OK with this whole trip at lower levels (re: 200-400 cfs) and definitely fine with the second half of this trip (i.e., downtown Milwaukee). At levels above 800 cfs, the paddler would do well to have some basic experience handling moving water first.
Class Difficulty: Class I-II

Gradient:
8′ per mile first half of trip, <1′ per mile second half

Gauge:
Milwaukee River: ht/ft: 3.05 | cfs: 900

Recommended Levels:
We absolutely recommend this level. Though for point of reference, we’ve paddled this trip at 200 cfs, which was fine, too – just not as much fun!

Put-In:
Estabrook Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Take-Out:
Bruce Street Boat Launch

Time: Put in at 11:50a. Out at 2:25p.
Total Time: 2h 35m
Miles Paddled: 6.25

Wildlife: Great blue herons, geese, ducks, seagulls and fish.

Background:
I first did this trip four years ago, almost to the day. Then, I’d taken my friend Chris along for a fact-finding junket that was part paddling novelty and part bachelor party recon. I was his best man, but prior to the wedding, his bachelor party began with paddling down the Milwaukee River with a dozen or so friends, stopping off for beers and brewery tours along the way. (Hello Milwaukee!) To see if this was even feasible, he and I first paddled it a few weeks beforehand. We had such a fun time and were so pleasantly surprised by the diversity of environments that we had all the confidence we needed to go ahead and do this again as a group. Except that, unlike our first trip, we took out at Bruce Street Boat Landing for the bachelor party, instead of heading out to Lake Michigan. Chris and I dabbled in the breakwater of the big lake and took out kind of commando at Discovery World, which worked for just the two of us, but was infeasible for a party of twelve. (Plus, there were adult beverages involved – it was a bachelor party… in Wisconsin – and no way were we entertaining Lake Michigan at that stage!)

Since then, I’ve wanted to return to this trip. It’s just uniquely cool in its own right, the second half through downtown Milwaukee, and it really does make for great paddling, thanks to the rapids and natural setting of the first half. To make a long story short, my girlfriend and I were in Milwaukee the first weekend of July, and it seemed like a great time to paddle the river again. She grew up 20 minutes west of the city, so for her, being in a kayak on the river was especially meaningful and nostalgic. For me, it was a pleasure and a privilege to introduce her to the river from this perspective. Plus it’s always fun to see someone else do something for the first time and relive the experience through their wonderstruck eyes.

The forecast for the day was a far cry from perfect, with a 40% chance of thunderstorms and rain starting around 3pm. No problem, we thought. We’d definitely be off the water by then! (Spoiler alert: a rogue thunderstorm rolled in around 1pm, sneaking up behind us from the north and poured torrential showers on us. The rain came on like a flick of a switch. We bee-lined to the shore to find skimpy protection beneath tree-leaf canopy, but it was barely effective. Fortunately, there was no lightning, and the whole thing only lasted 30 minutes. But that hard rain was cold!) Regardless, we reasoned it would be best to stay off Lake Michigan in the event of a storm – plus I was paddling my 10′ crossover kayak, which is as unseaworthy as a boat can be. So instead we opted for Bruce Street boat launch as our take-out to play it safe.

Overview:
No other trip in Wisconsin rivals this one for sheer novelty of combining a beautiful natural setting with lively rapids and skyscrapers in a major metropolitan city. Indeed, at Estabrook Park lies a dolomite rock ledge that is rare and rugged (found nowhere else in fact on the glacier-created Milwaukee River). Towards the end of the trip, you’ll pass by the Bronze Fonz statue downtown. There’ll be steep wooded bluffs and then a flat industrial corridor leading to the harbor and Lake Michigan. The unique juxtaposition of such contrasts is as magnificent as it is sheer fun!

The first half of this trip has wonderfully fun (and potentially rowdy) rapids. In lower levels the first half felt like a classic riffle-pool, riffle-pool pattern: there’s a small splash of rapids, then quietwater, then another small splash or rapids, etc. But at higher levels you’re engaged most of the time. The only stretch of rapids here to be careful of are at North Avenue – also the last set of rapids on the Milwaukee River. It’s not a complicated run by any means; but expect to get a little wet, especially at higher water levels.

After passing under the interstate bridges you’ll enter first the Third Ward, then the industrial corridor where the Menomonee River comes in on your right underneath a classic rusty truss bridge for railroads. Huge factories and loft buildings abound. You’ll still share the river with other boats, big and small, but the no-wake zone remains in effect. The river will hook to the left (east) to its mouth at Lake Michigan. Immediately on the right will be the inconspicuous Bruce Street boat launch. It’s a really easy, convenient place to end a wonderful trip. And there’s even an outhouse there.

What we liked:
Even if you’re not German, or drink beer, or care one way or another about urban planning, there’s something very cool about Estabrook Park on Milwaukee’s north side. But if you are any of these things, then Estabrook is an especially inspiring place. That there’s a unique dolomite ledge on the Milwaukee River right at this spot, the only such drop anywhere in its 100 miles from a small marsh to Lake Michigan – the roar of whitewater totally audible from the biergarten some 60′ tall up the bluff – is a cherry on top. It might be an exaggeration to call it a “waterfall” – the ledge is only about 4′ high – but it’s impressive at least by southern Wisconsin standards. It’s a rugged spot in and of itself. That it’s plumb in the maw of a major city is a juxtaposition of both worlds’ best!

The first time I was here I ran the ledge in my 15′-long rec kayak. The water was on the low side (although normal for the time of year), at 200 cfs. The only reasonable place along the wide ledge to run it then was on the far left, which I did while scraping. This time around, the river was at 900 cfs – check out the photos below for the difference between the two. (Also, the river was at 2000 cfs only two days before we did our trip!) The ledge now was a real whitewater spot… and a little intimidating, I don’t mind saying. Since we put-in on the downstream side of the ledge, we paddled to the portage path on the west bank, where it’s flat and there’s an eddy. After scouting the ledge, I felt it was safest to run it on the far right this time, partly to avoid the queue of folks fishing on the east bank and partly to avoid the backrollers at the base of the drop.

Here’s a video of other paddlers running the Estabrook ledge.

For what it’s worth, about 5 minutes after I ran this two other paddlers came from upstream and ran the ledge right in the middle, not scouting whatsoever. The first guy nailed it like a pro without seeming even to try, but the next guy flipped over and went for a swim. Also, full disclaimer: I myself ate it the first time I ran the ledge. But I try-tried again and landed it the second time. I boofed after I biffed.

I cannot recommend strongly enough catching the Milwaukee River at higher levels. The first half of this trip has wonderfully rowdy rapids. In lower levels the first half felt like a classic riffle-pool-riffle-pool pattern: there’s a small splash of rapids, then quietwater, then another small splash or rapids, etc. But at higher levels you’re engaged most of the time. The only stretch of rapids here to be careful of are at North Avenue – also the last set of rapids on the Milwaukee River. At 900 cfs there were definitely Class II standing waves. Considerably higher than 900 cfs, this stretch would be even more rambunctious. The river is still wide here, with no obstacles or obstructions to worry about; so running the rapids shouldn’t be too complicated. Just paddle forward, be calm and don’t be surprised to get a lapful of water!

We paddled this on a Sunday afternoon in between thunderstorms and downpours, and yet there were dozens of other paddlers on the water downtown – something distinctly different from our first time around four years ago. In other words, paddling the Milwaukee River downtown has become a popular pastime – and rightly so.

What we didn’t like:
While Estabrook Park itself is a real gem of urban planning, and the “falls” ledge in the river is uniquely cool, launching a boat from here is either tricky, confusing, or requires schlepping your boat(s)/gear. Actually, it’s all of the above. There is no official designated boat launch or landing. Moreover, the park itself is pretty big; if you’ve never been there before, it might seem bewildering. So, for all intents and purposes, let the biergarten be the reference point for paddling.

There are three options, basically, all on the east side of the river.

  • The first is an access road that leads to the water, north of the biergarten. That’s probably the best option in terms of ease. Note: there’s a low-clearance bridge you must drive under, which should be fine for most vehicles other than trucks with tall roof racks!
  • The second is via the northwest corner of the biergarten parking lot. I’ve done this twice now, and while it’s a short walk, it’s pretty easy.

Both of those options are on the upstream side of the “falls” ledge. In other words, you have either to run the ledge itself or portage around it on the right side – there’s a sign that marks the portage. It’s a simple, easy matter, but you have to get right out of your boat only a minute or two after first putting-in.

  • The third option is putting-in below the “falls” ledge itself. To do so, you’ll have to schlep your boat(s)/gear past the biergarten and down a series of steepish steps. It’s a little awkward, especially with kayaks/canoes of any length, and there always are people fishing here or just checking out the river, which makes things a little awkward as well. But it’s totally doable. In fact, it’s what we did this time around. There’s a path parallel to the river, and the banks here are low and flat, making it easy to launch a boat.

The only other thing worth mentioning for this trip is the take-out. The Bruce Street boat launch is about as easy a place to miss as possible. The only way to access it is via Water Street. (Bruce Street is interrupted by railroad tracks and industrial buildings, so you can’t simply come in from the west.) The boat launch itself is composed of a tiny enclosed booth, a parking lot, and a ramp. Surrounded by factories in an industrial corridor, you’d never know this place existed unless you were looking for it deliberately.

Furthermore, there may be a fee associated with Bruce Street boat launch. This was my second time here, but the first time I didn’t see any signs of an attendant in a booth. (The booth itself has all sorts of overwhelming info about boating rules, regulations, seasonal schedules, licensing, fees, etc.) We went there first to drop off and lock our bicycles for the shuttle after paddling the river, our kayaks still on the car. The lot attendant came up to me and kindly inquired what we had in mind. I explained that we were gonna start our trip upriver, and his enthusiastic response was something about being smart. I interpreted this as follows: the boat launch fee applies only if A) you’re a motorboat or B) you start your trip from Bruce Street, not end it. Or maybe the fee applies if you leave a vehicle in the lot… I mention the latter point because I noticed a couple other cars with telltale kayak roof racks parked on the street right outside the parking lot’s perimeter.

To be fair, I can be totally wrong about this. But as we’ve said on many occasions, we prefer to ask forgiveness than permission. And there’s plenty of plausible deniability here, too! Also to be fair, if we really were supposed to pay, the attendant would’ve enforced that. Cool as he was, it’s not like he gave us a break just for fun. Either way, his shift must have ended or maybe he was on break, maybe he was taking a nap, I have no clue, but neither he nor any attendant was there once we returned with the car after paddling and shuttling, so I didn’t have an opportunity to learn what the deal was with associated fees using Brice Street boat launch. Caveat lector.

If we did this trip again:
We’d definitely do this trip again! This one’s truly one of our faves. Next time, we’d take out either at Discovery World again, as we did in our first trip, or better still – paddle down to McKinley or Bradley Beaches for the full threefold effect of woodsy corridor with rapids, downtown big city and sea kayaking. We just didn’t have enough time, or the right boats, to head out onto Lake Michigan for this trip.

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Related Information:
Milwaukee River I: Newburg to Fredonia
Milwaukee River II: Estabrook Park to Discovery World
Milwaukee River III: Grafton to Thiensville
Milwaukee River IV: Kewaskum to Barton
Milwaukee River V: Newburg to Fredonia
Milwaukee River VI: Grafton to County Highway T
Milwaukee River VII: Fredonia to Grafton
Milwaukee River VIII: West Bend to Newburg
Miles Paddled Video: Newburg to Fredonia
Miles Paddled Video: Grafton to County Highway T
Article: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
General: American Whitewater
Good People: Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Wikipedia: Milwaukee River

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Shuttle Information:
6.3 miles for a great bike shuttle along the Oak Leaf Trail – (here’s a map). 7.8 miles for a car shuttle.

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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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