Sugar River
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Sugar River XII

By on August 27, 2017

White Crossing Road to Valley Road
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A random lark of a trip that was part accidental, part intentional, mostly to scratch a curious itch about the upper Sugar River in conjunction with crazy-high water levels, this jaunt won’t be for most paddlers except those already bitten by the Sugar River love bug; but for those so smitten, especially if already living in the Madison area, then this trip will be pretty sweet.

Date:
July 24, 2017

Skill Level: Intermediate
Class Difficulty: 
Riffles

Gradient:
3.5′ per mile

Gauge:
Verona: ht/ft: 6.5 | cfs: 400

Recommended Levels:
This level is too high. (Have we ever even said that before…?) A far more likely level scenario would be 100 cfs, which should be fine and probably more fun.

Put-In:
White Crossing Road, Verona, Wisconsin
Take-Out:
Valley Road

Time: Put in at 2:30p. Out at 4:10p.
Total Time: 1h 40m
Miles Paddled: 4.75

Wildlife: Great blue herons, kingfishers, songbirds, turtles and muskrats.

Background:
Originating in soggy wetlands west of Verona (next door to Madison) in Dane County, and finally feeding the Pecatonica River across the border in Illinois (shortly before the Pecatonica feeds the Rock River), the Sugar River is one of the premier streams in south-central Wisconsin. Throughout the years, we’ve paddled every mile of it from Valley Road down to the Pecatonica River. However, we’d never paddled anything upstream of Valley Road (which is a little surprising, frankly, given how ridiculously close that is to where we live). Moreover, we knew that some paddlers have been upstream of Valley Road, thanks to the great folks of the Upper Sugar River Watershed Area. To wit, putting-in at Bobcat Lane, where we’d been told there’s river access and even rapids between there and Valley Road (that, always catches our attention). As it happened, I was on the far west side of Madison on a Monday after a week of rain only a few days before and had to work only half a day anyway. So I simply shuffled 20 minutes south to Verona to see what I could see. (What? Doesn’t everyone take a kayak to work?)

Bobcat Lane is itself hard enough to find, to say nothing of the boat launch/river access on it. It’s a dead-end road less than half a mile long immediately north of and parallel to Highway 18/151 at the County Road G exit (#75). I’m the kind of weirdo who really likes staring at maps, printed or online. So I knew where Bobcat Lane was, but was essentially clueless about the launching spot. You’d think for a small half-mile road it wouldn’t be so hard, and maybe it isn’t, but I couldn’t find it. Maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough… Or maybe I wasn’t too phased about it because, while driving from the north I passed the river at White Crossing Road and reasoned I could just as soon launch from there, which would be even more upstream and unchartered.

(Incidentally, I did find the launch site on Bobcat during the shuttle after the paddle. In retrospect, it’s embarrassing that I missed it the first time. True, it is a little pipsqueak of a path to the river from a wooded side of the road, but there is a sign denoting it. For future reference, it’s located on the other side of the road from a farmhouse at address 7571. From the river you can see the path on the right bank, which is what tipped me off and inspired me to take a better look from dry land during the shuttle.)

Also, a quick note about White Crossing Road. There are two bridges over water here. Which is the Sugar River? This will be obvious in-person, but the bridge you want is the one south of the one that is south of the Military Ridge State Trail. The water closer to the state trail is a canal/ditch and much harder to access than the bridge over the river proper.

As for taking out, my initial plan was to do so at Riverside Road and make a longer day out of this venture. But two deciding factors put the kibosh on that: 1) The banks were totally flooded over and getting out would’ve been a bedraggled, ugly mess; and 2) as far as we know, there’s still a nasty (and illegal) cattle gate between Valley and Riverside, which at this crazy-high water level could’ve been seriously problematic. Besides, the access at Valley Road is pitch-perfect – a flat/level launch from the bank, a mowed path from the water to the parking area, an actual dedicated parking area. By contrast, Riverside is literally a drag; totally doable in normal conditions, but nowhere near as nice. So rather than chance my luck more than I was doing already, I did something I almost never do: make a sensible (responsible?) decision and keep it simple by taking out at Valley. I’m so glad I did, because this trip was a lot of fun (and probably would’ve been tarnished by continuing downstream to Riverside).

One last note. The only reason this trip is rated 3-stars and not 4 is we simply have no idea how the river behaves in normal conditions. We paddled this at 400 cfs, which is like biblically high. Honestly, average flow for this upper portion of the Sugar is in between 50-100 cfs. So 400 is off the charts, an anomaly really. It was a rare opportunity for us personally, but we’d really need to do this again in normal conditions to have a better baseline to present.

There are pluses and minuses about high-water paddling. On one hand, some obstructions you’d have to contend with at lower levels are now submerged and you’ll just coast over them; on the other hand, low-clearance obstacles like trees and bridges might need to be portaged around since there’s no room to go under them. It’s all relative. On this trip, in the first section – White Crossing to Bobcat – there were two portages: one over a farm bridge, the other around a downed tree. At lower levels these might be more negotiable (although the farm bridge is really low). Then again, there was a cluster of fallen telephone poles in the river that I easily rode over; but at normal/low levels this could require a portage.

Overview:
It’s a skimpy two miles from White Crossing to Bobcat Lane, and half of the time the river is artificially straightened. So, you’ll have moments of meandering, then long straightaways, and then meandering, etc. If you can look past the near-constant views of the Epic campus and its surreal Dubai-like sprawl (seriously, the stuff of Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz on steroids and an acid trip) and the highway sounds, there’s a lot of pretty scenery in the surrounding landscape: soft moraine hills, scattered oak trees, wavy tallgrass wetlands. There are at least two obstructions that will probably warrant portaging, however. The inconspicuous access at Bobcat Lane is on river-right (there is no bridge) and would make for an excellent and arguably better place to begin a trip on the upper Sugar River (at least in terms of skipping the crap you’d have to portage upstream).

Below the bridge at Highway 18/151 the river is essentially wild. By and large, the whole landscape here is part and parcel of the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area, a complex about the same size as the Epic campus itself! Gone are the channelized straightaways, fleeting the sights and sounds of civilization. Here instead are wetlands, pastures, and oak trees.

The take-out at Valley Road is as good as they get. The left bank on the upstream side of the bridge is level and flat, and it connects via a mowed path the water to an actual dedicated parking area. Moreover, there’s helpful signage as well as a brush for your boat and shoes to help prevent the spread of invasive species – especially the persnickety (and insanely small) New Zealand mudsnail – all courtesy of great groups like the River Alliance of Wisconsin, Upper Sugar River Watershed Association, and the awesome citizen volunteers who put in sweat equity on their behalves. Like you would upon entering someone’s abode as a polite guest, kindly wipe your feet!

What we liked:
Probably on account of the high water, launching from White Crossing Road was an easy breeze. (What this would be like ordinarily, at lower/normal levels, is anyone’s guess; but the landscape in general is grassy and flat, so it’s unlikely to be significantly different.) The skimpy two miles or so from here to Bobcat Lane offers a pleasant novelty of bucolic scenery juxtaposed with the epic Epic campus.

If you live in the Madison area, chances are you’ve been on Highway 18/151 a time or two. The highway passes over the upper Sugar River in between exits 76 and 75. I’ve done this at least a couple hundred times. So, being on the water here for the first time and going underneath this familiar bridge was a novelty of its own.

It’s here too that I finally saw the river bottom. It can’t be overstated how astonishing this is, considering how high the water was. To say it differently, the river was still at least 3-4′ deep, and yet the water was clear enough to take in the sand-gravel bottom. In normal conditions and at a lower level, this stretch must be beautiful. Also here is where the current really picked up; but, because the river was so high, the alleged rapids downstream from Bobat were all washed out.

That said, there was a cool novelty to paddling over the banks, when the opportunity presented itself. Don’t want to bother with a kinky meander? Screw it! Just take a shortcut over to the other side. There was one section where the river basically disappeared in one lake-like pond. It took me a minute just to find the current again to know where to go.

As you meander this way and that, the river environs alternate between woodsy, enclosed, and narrow, to wide-open wetlands and savanna. During a couple moments, after the novelty and unique nuances of the river upstream of Highway 18/151, I kept thinking “Ah yes, now this is starting to look and feel like the Sugar River!” Being so close to Madison, the intimate moments found here and there make for great escapes. And if you have only the time or inclination for a ~3-mile trip early in the morning or after work, then Bobcat to Valley makes for a perfect little outing.

What we didn’t like:
I don’t know if it would’ve occurred to me even to try paddling upstream of Bobcat Lane, if I hadn’t already driven over the river via White Crossing Road (not to mention not finding the launch on Bobcat). I’m really glad I did this because it was pretty and interesting. But at lower/normal levels this section could be really frustrating due to obstructions in and off the water. And the long straightaways don’t leave much for imagination.

Below Bobcat and Highway 18/151 there are alleged rapids (probably riffles/Class I). On this occasion, the river was so high that it was above the banks. When this occurs, the effect is rather that of a speed bump or a sponge that soaks up the water and slows the flow. But the current still chugged along, and one could make out discernible angles (vectors?) of where rapids most likely would be.

Upstream of Valley Road is a private, mostly dilapidated footbridge that seems intentionally designed to be sabotaged and dangerous to paddlers. It’s already low-clearance to begin with, and two-thirds of it are barricaded with horizontal 2×4’s, so the only way under/through is a skinny section on the far left where the current is brisk and there’s some stupid tree branches on the downstream side. Why in the world would someone intentionally barricade a bridge? It seems a little sadistic. Seriously, it’s just uncalled for.

Finally, where the river is wooded and narrow, strainers often can be a nuisance. We clipped and sawed off along our way, but new downfall is always an issue. There’s a scrubby cluster immediately upstream of the Valley Road bridge. That said, these were worse in the high water.

If we did this trip again:
We’d definitely do this again, at least the Bobcat-to-Valley segment, either as its own “cocktail hour paddle” or continue downstream to Riverside Road or even Highway 69. If nothing else, we feel both obliged and personally curious to experience this section of the river under normal water levels. Also, I’d take a crowbar with me and remove the stupid 2×4’s at the footbridge in between Highway 18/151 and Valley Road to make this passage safer.

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Related Information:
Sugar River Overview: Sugar River Paddle Guide
Sugar River II: Paoli to Belleville
Sugar River III: Valley Road to Paoli
Sugar River VII: Riverside Road to Paoli
Sugar River IX: County Road A to Belleville
Sugar River X: Highway 69 to County Road A
Good People: Upper Sugar River Watershed Association
Good People: Lower Sugar River Watershed Association
Map: Upper Sugar River Trail
Wikipedia: Sugar River

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Shuttle Information:
4.6 miles by car or bike. A pretty little jog along up and down some hills.

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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 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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