Pecatonica River Mineral Point Branch
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Pecatonica River: Mineral Point Branch

By on September 11, 2017

Oak Park Road to County Road O
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A short but lovely jaunt that begins wonderfully and rewards the paddler with several glorious bluffs, exposed rock outcrops, as well as some riffles, but ends in a tangled obstacle course of fallen trees in the last mile. Also, both accesses are far from ideal – the take-out in particular. But otherwise this is a fun, scenic trip for those who’ve never done it (which will be just about everyone in the world).

Date:
July 30, 2017

Skill Level: Beginner
Class Difficulty:
 Riffles

Gradient:
~3′ per mile

Gauge:
Darlington: ht/ft: 5.50 | cfs: 500

Recommended Levels:
We recommend this level, with a couple caveats, however: 1) The gauge is an imperfect indicator, as it’s on the main branch of the Pecatonica River – this trip is on a tributary branch of the Pecatonica River; 2) You could paddle the river lower than these levels without scraping, although the riffles would be more fun at a higher level; and 3) since this was our first time paddling this stream, we have no baseline of other water-level readings to compare to. Evidence of super-high water abounded on the clobbered grass along the banks from recent storms, but it had been over a week since the last storm, which typically is plenty of time to let a river of this size to subside and calm down. All in all, given how few riffles there are on this trip, there probably is enough water to paddle this except for in the driest of droughts. (Remember droughts?) Just the same, this part of the state is prone to flooding, so stay the hell away from it right after several inches of rain!

Put-In:
Oak Park Road, downstream on river-right
Take-Out:
County Road O (at the confluence with the main branch), about 30′ downstream on river-right, south of Slateford, Wisconsin

Time: Put in at 4:10p. Out at 6:35p.
Total Time: 2h 25m
Miles Paddled: 6

Wildlife: Leatherback turtles, muskrats, frogs, deer, bald eagles, great blue herons and songbirds.

Background:
This trip is a classic case in the Miles Paddled canon of “Explore the Obscure!” This lark of a trip has been on my to-do list for years now. Why? In order to find a bluff. Yes, seriously. It’s gotten to that point in river paddling where we now hunt bluffs…

Let’s first dispel some ambiguity. When driving southwest on Highway 151 between Mineral Point and Belmont, one crosses two rivers in dramatic fashion where the highway descends into the valley and then ascends back to the rim of the plateau. The first time there’s a sign that reads “Pecatonica River,” whereas there’s no sign the second time. What’s notable about this is the stream called “Pecatonica River,” i.e., the eastern-more body of water, is not the Pecatonica River proper, but a combination of separate branches comprising the Pecatonica River network. The actual Pecatonica River is under the second bridge, i.e., the western-more body of water. Whatever, one doesn’t need a degree in geography to work for the Highway Department. (Also, to be fair, Google Maps names both streams “Pecatonica River,” which is funny, because how can they both be named the same thing?) Being the kind of weirdos who look up such streams on a map when our curiosity has been piqued, this one piqued us many years ago.

In April of 2015, I came to the bridge at County Road O, north of Calamine, to do research for the guidebook on what would be one of two Pecatonica River trips featured in the final edition, I was impressed by how wide and “river-like” the Mineral Point Branch is, which flows into the Pecatonica River proper right at this bridge. So, I got to thinking, what about paddling the Mineral Point Branch itself? Furthermore, when I looked up this stream on both the atlas/gazetteer and the topo map, I noticed a very promising bluff upstream that diverts the river irregularly eastward on its way down south. And so a future trip was born.

I chose South Oak Park Road as a put-in, not because it’s established or even ideal (it’s neither), but rather because the options upstream are literally few and far between. There is a bridge at North Oak Park Road, but that would add ~4 miles of predominantly agricultural paddling – it’s right next to a farmhouse – to say nothing of whether that bridge is even accessible. This is cow & corn country, so A) I feel pretty self-conscious about paddling such parts without a convincing reason and B) the odds of cattle gates, wires, fences, and/or low-clearance bridges are very good. By contrast, South Oak Park Road allows you to slip into the river as close to the beguiling bluff as possible.

I chose County Road O as a take-out – the one technically spanning the Pecatonica River, not the one just up the road that goes over Mineral Point Branch – because I’d been there before and knew it was an option. That said, after returning to it, the access there is admittedly pretty poor. What a difference a wet, hot summer makes for weeds compared to a spring day in April when everything was still dormant and flat! You have your choice of either mud or weeds. It’s worth it, because the section from there to Calamine is really cool, if you do that trip, or if you do this one, it’s far more practical to take out here than the other bridge at County Road O one mile upstream. (Continuing on to Calamine would add another 5.5 miles, which together with this trip at 6 miles would make for a full day of paddling, which would be great, but not in the cards when putting in at 4pm on a Sunday!)

Overview:
Accessing the water at South Oak Park Road is a little dodgy, but essentially doable. Be mindful of loose rock rubble and weeds (poison parsnips especially). Much of this trip follows a pattern of long straightaways followed by a couple breakout kink sessions of meandering, and then back to the straightaways. You’re in corn country on this trip, but the banks are tall enough that you often don’t see the monocultural monotony above you. Besides, the geology show rewards the paddler with many great moments where corn will be the last thing on your mind.

The first rock outcrops come quickly. The mystery bluff that inspired this trip in the first place comes into play a mile downstream from the put-in. It starts coquettishly enough, with a teasing glimpse of a short but attractively gnarled limestone wall on the right. (Actually, the bluff itself and everything not corn will be on the right until passing under the County Road O bridge. Then, the hilly terrain is on the left.) After this you’ll come upon an utterly random concrete bridge pylon from who knows when…? Past this, the base of the bluff slopes from the water to supremely pretty woods. This isn’t public land, alas, but it looks enchanting. Soon you’ll begin to see glimpses of rock outcrops and actual cliffs – behind the leafy camouflage of trees. Where there are breaks in the tree canopy the rock formations are clear as day – and gorgeous! The tallest is a sandstone cliff that towers at least 80′ high above the river, very much calling to mind “Third Castle” on the upper Baraboo River near Wonewoc.

Immediately downstream from the sandstone cliff is a huge bald eagle nest in a pine tree. The rock walls – lining right into the water – and the outcrops in general continue as you paddle downstream until a hundred yards or so from the County Road O bridge. Even when they recede, the backdrop is a meadowy hill that’s very easy on the eye.

Below County Road O, everything changes. Now, the right-hand side is all flat fields, the left flanked by a hill. Gone are specific rock outcrops, but you still get a sense of topography. (Also on the left, you may hear or see an ATV cruising past you via the Cheese Country Trail.) More notable, however, are the endless lines of trees from both banks. Whereas everything up to this point has been essentially treeless and entirely exposed to the sky and sun, here it gets shady – in every sense. It’s all but literally a night-and-day difference. Fallen trees begin and really don’t let up until the take-out. Most of it was manageable – especially after clipping and sawing – although we did have to portage around one.

The take-out setting is pretty, too, where the Mineral Point Branch T-bones the main branch of the Pecatonica River on the downstream side of that County Road O bridge. Getting off the water is a little tricky, however, at least in summer when the grass and weeds are high.

What we liked:
The scenery at the put-in is positively lovely: bucolic, meadowy, hilly and tranquil. We were delightfully surprised by how peppy the current was. All in all, there are a dozen riffles at best, hardly anything even classifying as a rapid in the strictest sense. But having no idea what this brief trip would be like, I more or less expected the current to be slow and flat. The river itself is also surprisingly wide (for being a tributary branch), at about 25′. Not until the final mile or so does it begin to meander in earnest. In the beginning, this trip is a total lackadaisical chill-and-relax float trip – or a fun place to toss a Frisbee.

I had a hunch there’d be a cool bluff on this unknown Mineral Point Branch, but it definitely exceeded my most hopeful expectations! By and by, the point of this trip was to scratch a curious itch I’d had for years and it paid off in spades. The rock formations are gorgeous by any measure, perhaps more so given the obscurity of this branch of the Pecatonica River.

On our trip, a juvenile eagle, still brown and un-bald, was crying out vociferously in the tree where we’d spotted a huge nest. Probably reacting to us – probably the first kayaks s/he’d ever seen. Mom or Dad came swooping back to the tree only a few minutes later in response. We were courteous and respectful, but the teen bird truly was perched on a branch only 20′ above our heads as passed by. It was a thrilling sequence!

Here’s another: we were floating along a left-hand bend that then curved to the right. As it did so, I saw a deer swimming from the right bank to the left, just its head above water. By the time I turned my camera on it had already scampered up the left bank and leapt like a wild gazelle into the privy of corn. All I got was a blurry image of it mid-air, but seeing it before my eyes was pretty awesome.

Even though the section of river below County Road O eventually grew wearisome and frustrating due to the obstructions and obstacles, the contrast in landscapes was pretty cool, and the late-afternoon shadow effect in the lush tree canopy was quite pretty.

What we didn’t like:
While not great by any means, the put-in at South Oak Park Road is decent as far as country road bridges never meant for recreational paddling go. At the risk of repeating myself, all the grass and weeds were flattened by recent high waters, which made for a relatively simple access to the water. Here, as anywhere having anything to do with the Pecatonica River, you’re going to encounter mud.

While the rock outcrops and bluffs are indeed magnificent, you’re in the shadow of Corn for this entire trip. It’s not a big deal, although it’s a bit monotonous. And as often is the case, the crops are planted perilously close to the river, meaning that there’s nothing to protect the soil from being eroded. You’ll see scouring in several places. It’s a losing proposition in the long-run done simply for shortsighted gain.

By the time the rock outcrops begin to recede you’ll encounter two obstacles (at least we did). The first is a downed tree, although we were able to squeak by it on the far right with a little umph. The second is a strand of barbed wire. It was low enough to duck under on the far-left side, or, given the slack line, just carefully lift over your head. Such a wire is a sure sign that cows are nearby. When we drove to the take-out to drop off our bikes and then drove to the put-in with our boats, we saw cows in the river cooling off in the hot afternoon sun. By the time we were paddling this same spot there was no sign of cows – could’ve been milking time or perhaps they were chewing cud underneath an oak trees’ leaves. So, while we were spared such an encounter/delay, other paddlers might not get so lucky.

For a variety of reasons – slick mud, steep banks, tall weeds, nowhere to park – you really can’t take out at the County Road O bridge above Mineral Point in order to avoid the mile of down trees. The obstacle course in the final mile we could have done without. It’s not that it was so bad (it wasn’t) as much as it put a kind of damper on a trip, right at the end, that up to this point had been so great. As mentioned, we had to portage once, and while it was muddy, it wasn’t a particularly difficult portage. Still though, the current is strong in this section, so having good boat control to avoid being swept into strainers is needed.

Finally, the take-out at County Road O is an unfortunate affair. Whereas most of the time we put-in or take-out right at a bridge, here we took out about 30′ downstream from the bridge, on the right. It’s pretty muddy and steep right at the bridge, grassier and flatter just downstream. I (mis)remembered it being easier, cleaner, and more convenient. This probably has everything to do with having been there only once before, in early April. Late July is a whole ‘nother ballgame. The weeds and tallgrass here are big league, spring training long a thing of the past. It may have been an error on my part, at least a sacrifice fly to bring in the runs of paddling this trip or the fun segment of the main Pecatonica River to Calamine. I may be too hard on myself; it’s not that bad of an access. I don’t mind getting muddy during a trip and have a place to clean up; but I’d just as soon avoid getting filthy right at the end, while getting out, with nowhere to clean up at that wouldn’t just make me dirtier.

If we did this trip again:
We’d definitely do this again! It’s only an hour from Madison, an always-pretty drive at that. The only difference is we’d do it in spring or autumn to better appreciate the rock formations without the leaves compromising the views. Also, if we have more time, we’d likely continue to Calamine downstream, making for an 11.5-mile trip, in order to take in more rock formations, bluffs, riffles and a more fun bike shuttle.

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Related Information:
Camp: Mound View Park
Good People: Friends of the Pecatonica River
Wikipedia: Pecatonica River

Map:


Shuttle Information:
5.1 miles. A pleasant route through the country with an equal amount of hills up and down that’s definitely safe for bicyclists.

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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

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

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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