Pecatonica River
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Pecatonica River V

By on December 5, 2017

Pecatonica River Nature Preserve to Trask Bridge Forest Preserve
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A simple paddle that’s as pleasant as it is dull, where merely being on the water is more important than the surrounding landscape or fun rapids. This short jog on the big, broad, muddy Pecatonica begins and ends in two forest preserves with great accesses and has no obstacles or obstructions between. Because it’s short and easy, it makes for a fine trip for kids, beginners, or just the paddler looking for quiet time on a river.

Date:
November 15, 2017

Skill Level: Beginner
Class Difficulty: Flatwater

Gradient:
~1′ per mile

Gauge:
Shirland: ht/ft: 5.95 | cfs: 1850

Recommended Levels:
We strongly recommend this level. This is a pretty high level of water, but considering how slow the river is at normal levels, having an extra shot of espresso in this cup of joe will go a long way. That said, there’ll always be enough water to paddle the Pecatonica River (if it were “too low”, that would mean it’s the end of the world). Just be careful to keep off the mighty Pec in super-high levels, as it’s prone to flooding (typically in spring or after torrential rain).

Put-In:
Pecatonica River Nature Preserve, off Brick School Road, Illinois
Take-Out:
Trask Bridge Forest Preserve, off Trask Bridge Road

Time: Put in at 11:40a. Out at 1:45p.
Total Time: 2h 5m
Miles Paddled: 6.75

Wildlife: Great blue herons galore, hawks, wood ducks and a mink.

Background:
It ain’t easy being the Pecatonica River. For starters, your name is mud. Literally. Secondly, hardly anyone speaks of paddling the Pec with fondness or fervor. The best one might say is “it can be paddled,” knowing full well that can is not the same as should. Last, even though you begin in southwestern Wisconsin only 25 miles east of the Mississippi River – your ultimate destination – you travel away from the Mississippi for 200 miles into north-central Illinois, then northeast to feed the Rock River just south of Beloit, which only then goes back southwest to the Mississippi River 160 miles later. Why? Every other neighboring river – the Platte, the Grant, the Fever/Galena – all head to the Mississippi like good little streams. You, Pecatonica, you seem to go out of your way to prove some kind of point… but what, and why?

Maybe that’s why I have a soft spot for the Pec. It just doesn’t make a lick of sense. For all those 200 miles, it has hardly any of the gorgeous geology its neighboring streams do, or the clear water, or the moving current. Born and raised in the Driftless Area, it has the look and feel of any mediocre river surrounded by agriculture and floodplains. And to the best of my knowledge, it’s the only river in the Driftless that flows out of and away from the Driftless. Why?!? It’s like it wants to be boring and ugly. It’s the exception to the rule, poor thing.

On a purely personal note, for purely sentimental reasons, I (Timothy) came down to the Pecatonica River, just east of the town of Pecatonica, Illinois, because exactly this time last year I’d attended a 10-day-long meditation course three miles east of this trip’s take-out. A paddling blog is hardly the time or place to talk about Vipassana meditation, but suffice it to say that for ten days you take a vow of silence, wake up at 4:30 am each day and begin what will be a total of ten hours of meditation, eat only two meals a day, and you cannot read, write, exercise, drink, smoke, have sex, or make eye contact with others. No phone. No internet. No newspaper. No anything. Needless to say, it’s pretty intense.

Fun fact: by pure happenstance, the day my retreat began last year was November 9th, the day after the election. Helluva coincidence, but also a helluva time to cut oneself off from the modern world and venture within.

When the retreat was over, I drove to the nearby Pecatonica River and scouted it from different locations. In his guidebook, Paddling lllinois, Mike Svob documents this section from the town of Pecatonica to Rockton, where it meets the Rock River – which I’d known about beforehand and wanted to see with my own eyes. (After so much time in the darkness with my eyes closed or looking only at the same meditation hall, cafeteria, and residential commons buildings, there was a lot I wanted to see with my eyes again!) Anyway, I knew I’d return sometime to paddle the river… and maybe reminisce.

My original plan for this trip was to put-in at Sumner Park, in the town of Pecatonica itself, for what would have been a 12-mile paddle. But on a river as slow as the Pecatonica, 12 miles is a chunk of change. Especially this late in the year, when it gets dark at 4:30 pm. Also, despite the forecast, it was actively raining still by 11:30 am, the temperature still only in the mid-40s. And then there were the 30 mph blasts of wind. So, trying to avoid a typical misadventure, I did something atypical: I sensibly cut the trip to 7 miles by using an alternate put-in and just left it at that.

Maybe I can learn from past mistakes after all…

Overview:
The put-in at Pecatonica River Forest Preserve is a muddy but otherwise simple affair, due to a concrete boat launch. There’s plenty of parking here as well as facilities. Here, what you see is what you’ll get: hardwood bottomlands, muddy banks about 8′ tall, and a river well over 100′ wide. There’s nothing exactly dramatic about the landscape, here or anywhere in the area but it’s not without some charm. But it is what it is… and that won’t change.

One thing worth mentioning is the discernible watermark on many of the trees indicating how high the river gets when it floods. That line is a good 3-4′ up the trunks, yet those trees still are several feet above the waterline of the river. Think about that for a moment – that’s easily 8′ of water, minimum. That’s an astonishing rise of water in any stream; but for one as wide as the Pecatonica – again, over 100′ wide – that’s simply amazing.

For the first couple miles the big river flows in long broad straightaways, often surrounded by undeveloped land. Well, maybe not “surrounded”; usually, just one side will be undeveloped and wooded – the other will be agricultural. Meister Svob offers quite simply “a sense of isolation is perhaps its best attribute.” I think that’s spot-on. Grassy banks extend for as far as the eye can take in. With hardly any exception, these are tall enough to prevent seeing above them from close-up; but since the river is so wide and straight, you’ll see the landscape fine enough from afar. There is a lot of sand – it’s not all mud… but it’s mostly mud.

The only prominent landmark on this trip is an attractive horseshoe-bend around a sand-clay bank about 30′ high. The undercut exposed bank wraps around the bend in a pleasant 180-degree turn. It’s cool, but it’s truly the only singular highlight of the trip. There’ll be a few other such horseshoe-shaped loops, but none as sharp. Otherwise, the river runs in long straightaways.

There’s only a few houses or signs of civilization along the way. Also, there are mile markers all along this watery corridor. They do descend in number (and often are as precise as to be counted in quarter miles; e.g., you’ll often see a sign reading “21 ¼” or whatever the number is at the time). It stands to reason that these markers do correspond to the river itself, considering that from this trip’s take-out there are only another 20 miles or so to the Rock River. But why are they there? What purpose do they really serve? And where do they begin?

Woods, grassy banks, and floodplains continue to call the shots all the way to the cool blue-colored bridge at Trask Bridge Road. Here (upstream side of the bridge, on river-left), there’s another concrete boat launch, this one much less muddy. While much smaller than the forest preserve at the put-in, this spot is pretty and thoughtfully saved for public use.

What we liked:
This may sound strange, but I don’t often relax while paddling. I mean, for a minute or two, sure. But I’m usually taking notes or photos, singing a song in my head, running late and trying to hustle, worrying about how late I’ll be getting back home and feeling guilty about leaving my dog alone. I’m often getting ahead of myself by imagining how I’ll later be recording this experience for the website or perhaps a guidebook.

And that’s on a good day, when my boat isn’t broken and taking-in water… Or it’s getting cold or dark and I’m lost. Or I’ve ruined another electronic device by getting it wet.

But because I had last year’s meditation retreat experience in my head, I really had nothing further in mind (or mindfulness) for this trip than simply being on the water and going with the flow. Vipassana meditation basically means observation. I just wanted to do what I imagine most paddlers totally take for granted as their basic purpose for kayaking or canoeing in the first place: float down the river and take it all in. I wanted to do that while shutting my “monkey mind” up, concentrating solely on the here and now. In other words, less doing and more being. To just observe without judgment. Seeing the forest, not the individual trees.

As an exercise in restraint, I deliberately didn’t paddle at all for the first few miles, instead simply drifting downstream, feeling my boat right itself by the current without effort or force. This was easier to do physically than mentally, not least since there were no issues with deadfall, since the river is so wide. And in this stretch at least, there are no low-clearance bridges either. While it may not be the prettiest stream, it is a good place to relax and literally go with the flow. Both Mike Svob and the Winnebago County website boast of the abundant display of wildflowers in springtime, notably bluebells. That sounds lovely, to be sure, but I really appreciated the sheer austerity of late autumn, everything stripped down, brown, and muted. It allowed for slow, quiet contemplation.

Another cool feature is the incredible amount of oxbows. Do yourself a favor: click on the map below to expand it, then switch the view from “Street” to “Satellite.” You’ll see that a series of oxbows surround the river on both banks for miles on end. Altogether, from a bird’s eye view, it looks as if someone spilled a bag of curlicues while walking down a road. Or better still, a littering of locust tree pods that, in autumn, you’ll see on the ground or rattling with desiccated staccato if still clung to their branches. All along the Pecatonica River these vestiges of old meanderings lie strewn in present-day pools and sloughs. The forest preserve at the take-out is basically a peninsula of dry land surrounded by an ‘m’-shaped oxbow. It’s truly remarkable how the river has reshaped itself, practically shedding skin.

What we didn’t like:
It’s just boring. The river is big, wide, and slow. It’s muddy. It’s monotonous. It’s Illinois. (Just kidding! I mean, it is in Illinois, but there are lots of cool and pretty places in Illinois.)

Let me be candid: my own heart’s darling is a narrow, meandering stream with obstacles to dodge, clear water, peppy current with some rapids, occasional rock formations, somewhere hilly. The Pecatonica is none of these things. The lower Pec, here in Illinois, is pretty much the opposite of those things. As such, I’m biased. But it’s a perfect stream for some types of paddlers. It’s wide, slow, and easy. It’s great for newbies and kids, great for canoes, great for any paddler simply seeking river time without any hassles.

If we did this trip again:
Unlikely, honestly. This was a one-and-done, something I personally needed to do for myself. That said, I’d rather have begun in town and made this the 12-mile trip I first imagined. Alternatively, one could put-in at Trask Bridge Road and paddle 11-ish miles to another forest preserve/dedicated landing just upstream of where the Sugar River empties into the Pecatonica. I doubt I’d go out of my way again, from Madison, to go down to north-central Illinois just to paddle the Pecatonica. Again, if its best attribute is isolation, I can get that much closer to home. But if I lived closer or were visiting, I’d definitely be up for revisiting this wayward river.

If you do go here, or happen to be in the area, do yourself a favor and go walk around Seward Bluffs Nature Preserve. It’s just 3 miles south of the town of Pecatonica, but feels like a world away. Indeed, it has all the characteristics of the Driftless Area, up to and including a clear-water creek coursing around tall rock outcrop bluffs. With respect to the last Ice Age, what can be said about Winnebago County itself can be said about most of Illinois: only a very small portion was spared the colossal bulldozing of the glaciers. More sobering still, of the small portion that is Illinois’ Driftless Area (technically the northwestern triangle from the Mississippi River to the Rock River to the Wisconsin border), very little of it looks or feels quintessentially Driftless. Thankfully, there are exceptions – Carroll Creek and the Galena/Fever River are spectacular places, even Yellow Creek has a couple tricks up its sleeve. Alas, while all of the Pecatonica River in Illinois lies within the Driftless Area, you’d never really know that while paddling it. Yet, somehow only three miles south is a little parcel of land like a postcard. It’s a really cool little park.

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Related Information:
Pecatonica River I: Calamine to Darlington
Pecatonica River II: Darlington to Red Rock
Pecatonica River III: Brownton to Winslow
Pecatonica River IV: Mifflin to Jones Branch Road
Camp: Pecatonica River Nature Preserve
Camp: Seward Bluffs Nature Preserve
General: Paddle the Pec
Good People:
Friends of the Pecatonica River
Good People: Illinois Paddling Council
Wikipedia: Pecatonica River

Map:


Shuttle Information:
6.1 miles for cars or bikes, most of which is on Highway 70, which has some traffic but good shoulders for bicycling. There are also some hills, but nothing truly formidable.

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  • Allen Penticoff

    There are mile markers on all the rivers in Winnebago County (IL) from the mouth of the river. Not sure about the Rock River, but its quite urban. Mostly these are to aid in water rescue by emergency responders. That’s also why they are every quarter mile. In trouble? Call 911 and tell them the river and nearest marker.

    RE driftless in N. IL. A trip on the Kishwaukee River through the gorge and under the towering I-39 bridge will impress all. Just downstream of the bridge river right is a gravel bar. Take a break there and hike up the ravine to check out the natural waterfall. There are caves in this forest preserve too. Most of your paddle will be between huge forest preserves. There are 42 in Winnebago County. Great hiking in most as well. Come on down.

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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 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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