Willow Creek
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Willow Creek

By on October 6, 2017

Highway 58 to Dog Hollow Road
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A scenic trip that’s as thrilling as it is serene set in the gorgeous Driftless country of Richland County. The best that Willow Creek has to offer the paddler is here, beginning with stunning rock outcrop bluffs, frisky riffles, and finally the most peaceful meadow of lazy meandering you can imagine. Add to these features clear, cold water and remarkable wildlife. Now subtract the following from this promotional premise: poor accesses, a few truly awful portages, and a stream that is often too shallow to paddle. That’s Willow Creek in a nutshell, a true diamond in the rough.

Date:
August 5 + 22, 2017
Date note: We visited the creek on two separate occasions, on account of various circumstances. You can certainly treat Willow Creek as two separate trips, but for a variety of reasons it makes more sense to do both as a singular outing.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Class Difficulty: 
Riffles

Gradient:
≈6′ per mile first four miles, 2′ per mile for the remainder

Gauge:
n/a
Gauge note: 
There are no good gauges nearby to correlate water levels. The best thing to do is to wait to paddle Willow after some rain. Mark at Pine River Paddle & Tube knows the area very well; contact him for current conditions.

Recommended Levels:
Anytime there’s enough water to get through the first five miles without having to get out of your boat. Willow Creek is usually very shallow, so catching it with enough water will be tricky. That said, stay off if it’s too high, as it’s prone to flash flooding. When in doubt, consult the local outfitter for advice. The second four miles should have more consistent, predictable water levels.

Put-In:
Highway 58 just south of County Road D and north of Loyd, Wisconsin
Take-Out:
Dog Hollow Road, Neptune, Wisconsin

Trip 1: 8.5.17 (Highway 58 to Dog Hollow Road)
Time: Put in at 4:45p. Out at 6:30p.
Miles Paddled: 4.25

Trip 2: 8.22.17 (Highway 58 to Highway 58)
Time: Put in at 1:20p. Out at 3:50p.
Miles Paddled: 4.75

Total Time: 4h 15m
Total Miles: 9

Trip note: For what it’s worth, we did these two trips in reverse order of sequence. We recommend paddling sequentially by putting-in at the Highway 58 roadside immediately north of Rustic View Road and then taking-out at Dog Hollow Road.

Wildlife: Deer, sandhill cranes, wood ducks, great blue herons, hawks, bald eagles, trout, dragonflies galore and songbirds.

Background:
First, let’s be clear about something, there’s more than one “Willow Creek” in Wisconsin. Indeed, there’s more than one “Willow Creek Fishery Area” in Wisconsin, too. This Willow Creek and associated public fishing area is in Richland County, not to be confused with the other one in Waushara County.

Willow Creek has been on our backburner for several years now. On a personal note, I (Timothy) had a job as a FedEx driver one ill-fated June in 2014. 14-hour days, $10 an hour, no PTO, whole lotta driving. On the plus side, my route was out in Iowa and Richland Counties. For anyone not from or familiar with the area, it’ll probably sound surreal or bemusing that there are towns in Wisconsin named Boaz, Gotham, Neptune, and Sextonville, and I’m not saying that such town names aren’t without their peculiar curiosity (to say nothing of their pronunciation – yeah, that’s right, I’m looking at you “GO-tham”). But these places used to be part of my daily route. And thanks to them, Willow Creek first came to my attention. At each bridge crossing I slowed down to take a glance (and by that I mean flashed on the hazards, got out of the van and took a look-see). I didn’t like how narrow, shallow, or tree-debris’d the wee creek was, but I sure did admire the landscape and bluffs. Awhile later, Mark from Pine River Paddle, confirmed the secrets this creek held in a Facebook photo gallery, and he then graciously sent us in the right direction with some subsequent info.

Comparable to the Pine River a few miles to the west, of which Willow Creek is a principal tributary, Willow is narrower and rifflier than the Pine. It’s also more rogue, obscure, and prone to shallow water levels. From the Madison area, it’s a good 90-minute drive to Willow Creek – and seriously one of the most heavenly drives in the state (County Roads B and N in Sauk & Richland Counties in particular). So, between the low water levels, likelihood of running into deadfall, and a long drive, it’s taken us awhile to finally get out there.

Also, while it shouldn’t be surprising that in a woodsy state like Wisconsin there are more rivers than one named “Pine,” what are the odds that there’s a Pine River also in Waushara County that’s also a part of Willow Creek Fishery Area? Come on, Wisconsin! Let’s step up our appellations!

Overview:
Willow Creek begins south of Cazenvovia and west of Lime Ridge, mainly flowing south – parallel to Highway 58 (under which it’ll cross several times) – before feeding the Pine River below Twin Bluff Road. There are two options for putting-in at the northern-more portions of Highway 58 (north of “downtown” Loyd): one is horrible, the second is quite decent. Of course we opted for the horrible one. Why? To take advantage of some riffles and rock outcrops. We’re hopeless suckers for that. The horrible one is the actual bridge over the creek on Highway 58 due south of County Road D. The better one is along Highway 58, just north of Rustic View Road. The river and a gorgeous bluff will be right on the right (if you’re coming from the south). There’s a public easement here to access the river. It’s roadside parking, on the shoulder, but it’s totally doable. Whereas the bridge at Highway 58 requires a schlep through god-awful weeds and loose rocks and nowhere good to even put in, the easement along Highway 58 is a short schlep without weeds on a flat embankment that’s easy to put in at.

From here for the next five miles the narrow, shallow Willow Creek will follow a pattern of meandering through pastureland in a series of endless, delightful riffles, then run right alongside a rock wall that’s part of a towering bluff, then back to the pastures. You will pass a farm or two, but this trip is very intimate still. And even when you’re coursing through pastures, the surrounding hills of the landscape are supremely pretty.

In all, there are three prominent bluffs in the first half of this trip, all on the left: between the put-in, Doolittle Road and Smyth Hollow Road; between Smyth Hollow Road and Lost Hollow Road; and then between Lost Hollow Road and Highway 58. Each time, the creek flows past it on the left, the water directly lined by rock. The rock wall between Doolittle and Smyth Hollow is exquisitely colored; the sandstone is practically tropical, as is the jade green pool at its base.

These two features – the direct rock walls/towering bluffs and the peppy riffles – are the definitive attributes of the 4.75 mile stretch between the two Highway 58 bridges.

However, they don’t come without a price. And that price is deadfall that you’ll have to portage around. One of the reasons why it took me 2.5 hours to paddle 4.75 miles is I took the time to clear out five spots that were hazardous and/or stupid nuisances. One was an ugly strainer immediately upstream of the “midway point” Highway 58 bridge (i.e., the put-in for one trip and the take-out for the other), the second an equally hideous cluster just downstream from the recommended access along the upper Highway 58 bridge. The other three were between those two. Thank you sawzall!

Still, you’ll have to portage at least three other times. The first two are between Doolittle and Smyth Hollow Road. The first of these is simple and easy as can be, involving dragging your boat about 8′ over a bank that is as low as the water itself, so getting out and back in is effortless. The second one merits language unbecoming to this website. You know it’s a bad portage when you have to use a sawzall just to make the getting up and around whatever’s obstructing the water easier. I got out on the right, pulled my boat up a very steep, uneven bank, over and then under various tree limbs, and walked maybe 20′. This is at least one reason why having a towrope at your bow is a good idea. This portage just sucked. And I’m pretty sure it’s where I picked up my poison ivy which I’ve been scratching six ways to Sunday ever since.

The third portage comes after Lost Hollow Road and sucks as badly as its predecessor. At this point I was impatient and testy, so I just climbed over a huge honking tree and rogue-portaged out of dumb stubbornness. There may be a better way around this one, but there’s no avoiding portaging it.

Above the midway Highway 58 bridge there’s a messy spot that might collect future debris (including a log just beneath the surface that you can ride over easily enough). But as of this paddle, it’s now clear enough to get through.

Things take a change for the better but less dramatic below the midway Highway 58 bridge. From this spot all the way down to the take-out at Dog Hollow Road, the creek is totally undeveloped and protected as public land (part of the Willow Creek Fishery Area). It’s truly a serene landscape, almost all of it open and exposed to the great big sky. My girlfriend perfectly compared it to the Mecan River in its characteristics: a narrow stream that meanders like mad around banks that are neither tall nor short, with tufts of grass growing out of tree stumps in the water resembling a pineapple. Different landscapes entirely, different parts of the state, but similar feels in terms of paddling.

There still are rock outcrops to appreciate, all on the right this time, but they’re all away from the water. Very close, but no longer directly lining the water. And while the current is still moving along, the riffles have long since petered out by now. But the overall effect of the “second half” of this trip is positively delightful. You’re always paddling, given the meandering nature of the creek, and there some obstacles to dodge (including one very easy portage), but the meadowy openness of the landscape, the absence of any development, the Richland County hills in the background, the occasional rock outcrop suddenly appearing behind a bend in the water – it’s all just wonderful.

After one final rock outcrop appearance, Dog Hollow Road will appear. There’s a very adequate take-out on the downstream side of the bridge on the left at a convenient (intentional?) cleft in the banks. There’s even a foot- and boat brush to keep invasive species at bay.

What we liked:
Whether it’s the Wisconsin River, the Kickapoo, the neighboring Pine – we will never tire of paddling rivers that are lined with rock walls. They’re rugged and gorgeous, sure, but they just feel right in a way that’s hard to describe. And while we love the granite of central and northern Wisconsin, there’s just something about sandstone that touches our souls. So, anytime there’s a “new” discovery (relative our radar) with such features, we’re sure to fawn for them.

Willow Creek offers a dazzling display of not just rock walls, but magnificent bluffs towering above its shallow, riffly waters. It is very much like the Pine River just to the west, except that Willow Creek is a smaller stream, which makes it feel more intimate. Add to that its clear, cold waters (habitat for trout), compared to the muddy Pine, and its umpteen riffles, Willow Creek truly is a special place.

Even though we did this 9-mile stretch in two separate trips, any paddler with experience can definitely do this in one singular outing. The more dramatic aspects are in the first “half,” while the second is more peaceful. The two complement one another quite well, and the overall feel will be quite blissful (in spite of the two really bad portages). Think of it as awe-inspiring followed by contemplative.

And to repeat, County Road B in Sauk County and County Road N in Richland County, good lord, are they ever beautiful roads to drive along! Just ribbons of road going up and down hill and dale, left curve, right swerve, barn, bluff, open sky. Seriously, it’s a heavenly drive.

What we didn’t like:
The Highway 58 bridge south of County Road D is a horrible put-in and should be ruled out without further thought. I’m sure it’s less weedy and burly in spring (as opposed to August after a historically wet and hot July), but it’s a damn jungle from the road to the water. Yes, there are cool rock formations and riffles there, but you’ll be treated to more downstream without forfeiting anything.

Similarly, the “midway” Highway 58 bridge that we used as a take-out for one trip and a put-in for the other is also a pretty terrible access. It’s doable beneath the bridge, on river-left, closer to the downstream side, thanks to some rocks to avoid a mud fest; but you’d still have to contend with loose rock rubble and a whole lot more waist-high grass and weeds as you schlep boat and gear a good 30 yards from the bridge to the road. Your other option is getting on the upstream side of the bridge on the right; but here the bank is really steep, the grass really tall.

The low water level was disappointing, but not surprising. I returned to do the upstream “half” the day after the area was forecast to receive half an inch of rain overnight. Maybe it didn’t rain or rain as much. Maybe the creek needs more than half an inch rain to avoid scraping… I had to walk in a couple places because it was just too shallow. It would be a truly thrilling occasion to catch these shallows, shoals and riffles with enough cushion to ride them more like easy rapids. It’s all in the timing…

Really, the main criticism is how deadfall-prone Willow Creek is. We’re glad to have cleared out several obstructions that were there previously and make this trip more accessible for future paddlers, but this is subject to change overnight come the next storm. That’s just inevitable. Meanwhile, the two really bad logjams ain’t going anywhere anytime soon (unless delivered from their evil by river angels with chainsaws). It’s one thing to have to disrupt your time on the water by getting out to go around an obstruction. It’s quite another when the getting around practically requires you to enter a Tough Mudder competition. For some paddlers, such portages might be a deal breaker, which we’d understand. We’d still contend, however, that Willow is worth the effort.

If we did this trip again:
We’d definitely return and do this again – ideally with a chainsaw-wielding crew to clear out some of the awful logjams. Regardless, the official Willow Creek trip will be from the Highway 58 roadside (immediately north of Rustic View Road) to Dog Hollow Road. It’s the best of the best with the least of the worst.

That said, if you only want dramatic rock outcrops and riffles, then put in at the Highway 58 roadside but take out at Lost Hollow Road, downstream side of the bridge on river-right. It’s a better access than the midway Highway 58 bridge and you’ll skip the second of the two nasty logjams.

Incidentally, further downstream in the town of Ithaca (Go Bulldogs!) is a unique ledge immediately upstream of aptly named Willow Creek Road that looks fun. Really though, below Dog Hollow Road Willow Creek becomes increasingly agricultural and less, well, bluffy. Downed trees will be horrendous, and the water itself will be silty from runoff.

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Related Information:
General: Fly Fishing Willow Creek

Map:


Shuttle Information:
4.8 miles, fine for bicycles, pretty much all along Highway 58. Alternatively, one could take Roger Drive off of Dog Hollow Road, for a more scenic jaunt. It’s a dirt-gravel road, however, which won’t be suitable for some bike tires.

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Lake Mendota: Governor’s Island
12.11.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Madison, Wisconsin

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan: Port Washington
10.20.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Port Washington to Grafton

Lake Michigan: Ellison Bay
9.29.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sister Bay to Garret Bay

Lake Michigan: Cave Point County Park
8.17.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Door County, Wisconsin

Lake Superior

Lake Superior: Sea Caves
8.15.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Bayfield County, Wisconsin

Lake Superior: Houghton Point
8.14.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Bayfield County, Wisconsin

Lake Waubesa

Lake Waubesa Wetlands
5.13.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Madison, Wisconsin

Lemonweir River

Lemonweir River
9.17.13 | ☆ ☆
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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