Miles Paddled started in 2008 as a tracking journal for a group of paddlers who chase rivers and creeks throughout (mostly Southern) Wisconsin. Since then, it’s grown into a paddling collective, where everyone who paddles with us, contributes, or is just a casual fan, is considered not only a part, but the soul of Miles Paddled.
Initially, most of our river knowledge was guided by the book Paddling Southern Wisconsin by Mike Svob and any other resource we could get our hands on.
Our goal is to be an equally accessible resource for the paddling community in our beloved backyard of Wisconsin (and its neighbors too, as our footprint has expanded). We document detailed information on rivers, creeks, camping, public/private land, etc., as we experience it on all the waters we chase.
And we celebrate every 100 miles.
About The Site
We rate the water with a five-star rating (the original “Siskel and Ebert” of paddling, if you will). Admittedly, it’s a totally weird concept (because every paddle is different and our own personal experience is relative) but we consider it a useful way to top-line a trip. And after doing this for 2,000+ miles we think we have a good sense of impartial objectivity.
Trips we’ve paddled are listed alphabetically in the right sidebar. We also have some handy Paddle Guide overviews of rivers and creeks we’ve completed. Our map gives an overview of everywhere we’ve traveled with links to each report. You’ll also find general paddling news, some features we’ve put our heart into, videos we’ve made, gear reviews of things we really use and even a t-shirt shop supported by Spreadshirt.
All content on milespaddled.com is copyrighted and is not to be reproduced in all or in parts without our permission and linking to the specific shared content. The gist of this: please give credit where credit is due. We’ve been mimicked and plagiarized, and while that’s very flattering, a simple credit or thanks is all we ask. Contact us for more information.
This is Miles Paddled
Even more about us because we can’t stop talking about ourselves.
Founder + Curator
Barry spends every spare moment paddling, planning a paddle or wondering when he’ll paddle next on his never-ending search for the next great rapid or riffle. He started Miles Paddled in 2008 as a way to communicate with the rest of the original “Miles Paddled 4” to plan and map their adventures and it soon turned into a shared resource.
Born and raised in Central Wisconsin on the Wisconsin River, kayaking was the culmination of all the things he loves; camping, fishing and exploring miles of his beloved state of Wisconsin that are only accessible in 14’ of plastic or aluminum.
Turn-ons include: Something hoppy after a day on the water. Turn-offs: Snakes (!) and wild parsnip.
Timothy Corcoran Bauer
Kayak Junkie + Guidebook Scribe
Water-lover and river-enthusiast, Timothy’s been paddling around Wisconsin and the neighboring states waterways since 2008, always eager to explore unchartered territories but ever grateful for the familiar favorites to return to. He’s got a lot of wanderlust for secret places and memorable escapes. Though sometimes that wanderlust gets him lost at night or stuck in a debacle…
He first got into paddling to impress a girl, and it’s been a love affair since (well, paddling; the girl, alas, was not meant to be). When not already on the water, Timothy is poring over maps to plan out his next trip. Originally from suburban New Jersey (exit 159), he has gladly made Madison his home since 2003. Attention headhunters and benefactors: Timothy is often unemployed and usually underemployed. In the meantime, his first published book came out in August 2016, which he couldn’t be more excited about (or humbled by). And currently he’s already begun working on the next one. So much for not quitting your day job!
And whereas Barry prefers the hops, Timothy’s all about the malt. The boozier the better. Cheers!
Miles Paddled Contributors:
Denny Caneff, Andy Hoernemann, Greg Seitz, Rachel, Emilie, Jared Wold, Sheila, A & T and Eric Guderyon.
Emilie, Brian, Jason, Tim, Rose, Rachel, Mitch, Sue, Sara, Jeff, Chris, Karen, Seth, Dennis, Staci, Bekah, Katelyn, Jet, Monique, Annie, Caitlin, Grace, Sydney, Ken, David, Mark, Megan, Kristin, Joe (and I’m sure I’m forgetting a bunch).
Disclaimer: All information on Miles Paddled is based on our experiences and opinions of the water. As rivers change, so does the information contained on this site. Always use caution whenever on the water, no matter what skill level.