Plover River
★ ★ ★ ★

Plover River IV

on
November 12, 2019

Boundary Road to Kristof Road
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

An exhilarating section of the upper Plover River with spectacular boulder gardens, thrilling Class I rapids, and a gorgeous, mostly undeveloped landscape of thick woods. This trip does however, have a few tricky situations for even experienced paddlers, where fast current combines with narrow side channels around islands and a bevy of boulder gardens.

Date:
September 27, 2019

Skill Level: Intermediate
Class Difficulty: Class I rapids

Gradient:
≈ 5-7′ per mile

Gauge:
Eau Claire River (Kelly): ht/ft: 1.3 | cfs: 310
Gauge note: There is no gauge on the Plover, so the the best/nearest correlation is on the comparable Eau Claire River. Additionally, there is a visual gauge at the take-out (Kristof Road). Check the center-right boulder on the downstream side of the bridge.

Recommended Levels:
We recommend this level. We still scraped and bumper-bouldered a little bit, but generally speaking there was a comfortable cushion. Conversely, the first couple miles are wily enough without wanting too much flow to make it faster and harder to control.

Put-In:
Boundary Road/Townline Road, Ringle Wisconsin
Take-Out:
Kristof Road, Reid, Wisconsin

Time: Put in at 3:40p. Out at 6:25p.
Total Time: 2h 45m
Miles Paddled: 6.25

Wildlife: Great blue herons, bald eagles, deer and wood ducks.

Background:
For reasons both personal and circumstantial, 2019 was the year of the Plover (among other things), springing in with beginning at its last section of river paddling (Jordan to Iverson Parks) and eventually falling back on its upper section. (We say “river paddling” with deliberate intention, as the final miles of the chipper Plover comprise the slow flowage of McDill Pond all the way to its confluence at the Wisconsin River (where both rivers are stopped by two adjacent dams). There’s no reason why it’s taken me (Timothy) so long to finally explore the Plover (and subsequently fall in love with it).

Meister Mike Svob, in his venerable Paddling Southern Wisconsin, lays out three separate trips on the charming Plover. The first begins at Bevent (rhymes with “event”) in south-central Marathon County; the second picks up below the Bentley Pond in north-central Portage County; and finally the third sets off on the opposite side of the dam that creates Jordan Pond and winds its twisty way down to Stevens Point – arguably the most popular of the Plover’s paddling trips. Curiously, he makes no mention whatsoever of the river upstream of Bevent. Nothing. Nada. Nary a word. This omission is probably music to the ears to certain devotees of the Plover who know that its most and thrilling segments lie upstream of Bevent, but it just defies understanding in general. Svob is usually reliable in saying something about a given body of water up- or downstream of whatever section his recommended trip covers, but not here. This is practically inexplicable considering that Bevent, his starting point, is more or less the halfway point of the Plover River itself. In other words, the first half of the river gets no recognition whatsoever, even though he lays out three separate trips on its second half (which, for the record, is a higher-than-average amount of trips per individual stream in his good book).

But Svob is not alone in giving short shrift to the Plover’s upper half. On the Paddling the Plover blog, which is devoted almost exclusively to the Plover River, the writer states “There is a lot of stream above Bevent… that are not of much interest or need much explanation” and that all in all “it is very small. Great for trout, bad for paddling.” Fighting words for champions of the obscure… or more evidence of a local conspiracy to thwart out-of-town paddlers from its first half? For it’s precisely in the Plover’s upper stretches where the creek-like river is at its most gorgeous and engaging. So, go figure…

Barry first explored a spectacular stretch of the upper Plover in 2017 (to wit, Esker Road to Bevent Drive) and boldly put this exotic stretch on the map. The tale he tells, along with the corresponding pictures he took, are all captivating and inspiring. Immediately, I knew I had to come and check this out for myself. And so I did in July of this year, doing a paddler’s due diligence by scouting each and every single bridge in a 9-mile swath as the crow flies, from Hatley to Bevent. On my trusty hand-drawn map (‘cause that’s how sophisticated I am), I noted the pros and cons of each bridge together with any honorary mentions (like how “Townline” Road is actually Boundary Road or how “Bridge” Road is actually Bobritch Road; or how there is neither a wayside nor a park despite Google marking a “Wayside Park” due south of the exchange of Highway 29 and County Road Y in Hatley). Curious inconsistencies indeed. Svob’s and a Plover River blog’s omissions, Boundary & Bobritch, nonexistent parks… what’s up with the upper Plover?

By the look of the landscape and favorable access to the river itself, it seemed that Boundary/Townline was the most practical starting point. (At Konkel Road, the bridge upstream, the environment seemed marshy with a fair amount of downed trees to dodge, whereas everything looked neater and nicer at Boundary Road, including roadside parking and a path to the water to launch from.) As for taking-out, the paddler has a dilemma of three choices: Kristof Road, Highway 153, or Bevent Drive. As Barry noted, there’s a compelling ledge underneath the Highway 153 bridge that no paddler would ever willingly forfeit; but the problem is the only access to/fro the river is on the upstream side of the bridge. Furthermore, in the two-ish miles from Kristof to Highway 153 the Plover has a couple problems, as detailed by Barry – namely, developed banks, disappearing boulder gardens, and a dangerous low-clearance bridge. Conversely, the two-ish mile stretch from Highway 153 to Bevent Drive sounds genuinely delightful, but ending a trip at Bevent Drive would make for an 11-mile outing, which is generally long on such a narrow and meandering stream as the Plover, not to mention the probability of obstacles in the aftermath of the wild wind storms of July. And when I was doing the basic recon, right after these storms, the river was way too high and unambiguously dangerous. But a couple months later (uncannily almost to the day, two years after Barry’s trip) a new opportunity to revisit the beguiling Plover availed itself. The water level was lower than in July but higher than on Barry’s trip, which seemed just about perfect.

We chose to take out at Kristof Road since it was already getting late in the afternoon and it was actively drizzling still. We didn’t know what we’d run into on the unknown portions of the river, so the best bet was just skipping the Kristof-to-Highway 153 segment, since we did know that it would be a little lackluster and probably stressful (getting off the water before dark, dealing with a low-clearance bridge at higher water levels, etc). So, why not end on a high note and keep it simple?

Overview:
The put-in at Boundary/Townline Road is excellent, with ample room to park a vehicle along the road and a well-trod footpath to the river itself. (As Barry noted, just about all of the bridges up here have favorable access – mostly likely from folks fishing, though from some paddlers, too – and generally most offer good to good enough roadside parking, too.) The setting and scenery is beautiful right away; rugged, wooded, and with a copper tincture to the swift-flowing water, surrounded by towering trees and dotted with modest boulders. A steepish hill off to the left lends a welcome perspective to the scale. From the put-in to the next bridge down, at Bobritch/Bridge Road, it’s only 1.25 miles, but it’s a wild ride. The river here is narrow, fluctuating between 30-50′ wide, although this will seem even narrower given the multitude of islands splitting the mainstream into side channels.

Even though it’s only 1.25 miles, there is nonetheless a kind of choose-your-own-adventure element to which side channel to take around these islands – not all of them equal or kind! Since this was our first foray down from Boundary to Bobritch, we have nothing to baseline our experience with. But, on our experience, it was best to go left around all of the islands but one (which was in between Bobritch/Bridge and Esker roads). Whether that’s always the case or simply the dictates of the river during the time of this specific trip, we just don’t know until we paddle it again and/or someone else who’s paddled these sections can corroborate. Generally speaking, we found the right channels to be blocked or at least obstructed by deadfall, whereas the left channels were more open and forgiving.

Before arriving at Bobritch/Bridge Road, the river will get very narrow and conditions downright hairy. We knew this would be the case ahead of time, while scouting bridges. It’s hard to describe, but the Plover gets split into innumerable side channels here by small islands. The scene from dry land is simply stunning, but it’s pretty touch-and-go while on the water. The boulders start showing up here as well, adding to the pinball-like experience. The shorter the boat the better. A canoeist would have a hell of a hard time here… All I can say is take your time here – find an eddy to pause in, look for the channel with the most water, and be on the look-out for strainers and big rocks. It’s not necessarily unsafe, but we really didn’t want to get wet (well, more than what we were already from the rain) since it was late September and only in the lower 50s during this trip.

Beneath Bobritch/Bridge Road lies a fun, easy Class I ledge, after which the Plover plunges into a forested thicket. From here to the next bridge, at Esker Road, is only three-quarters of a mile, but the scenery is just as wild, wily, and wonderful. Huge moss-strewn boulders (aka “erratics” left behind by the receding glaciers of the last Ice Age) are cast about all over the place, and the banks seem to go on forever, with no sign of civilization, instead just stunning cedar trunks with spindly dark legs. Following a relative straightaway, the peppy Plover makes a swift sinuous S-curve right-to-left around a small island. This was the one time that we found it better to go right round an island… although it was plenty dodgy in its own “right”: extremely narrow – too narrow for both paddle blades to dip into the water – with a whole lot of tree stuff along the banks to watch out for, and then suddenly you shoot down a boulder-stubbled Class I ledge. It worked out and was a lot of fun, but it was all on the fly and could have gone awry just as easily. (The left channel, by contrast, had a lot of tree blockages and shallow, rocky spots, necessitating a portage through the woods.)

All in all, you should expect to portage… somewhere during this trip… at least 2-3 times. Absolutely worth it, however.

After this sketchy spot the current slows down considerably and bends to the right around a soft steep bank to the left. This is followed by the first house/farm seen on this trip, also on the left, which in turn is followed by the next bridge, at Esker Road – where Barry began his trip in 2017. Everything Barry wrote about from his trip is spot-on, so I don’t want to regurgitate anything or sound redundant. The current remains lazy but still present as the river meanders around grassy spots and long lines of tall pines on the right. Two more islands split the mainstream, the first of which is huge. Immediately on the downstream side of the second island is a ginormous boulder garden that just suddenly appears out of nowhere. The current picks up a little slack, but it’s not the kind of boulder garden with rapids galore. Rather, it’s like a colossal toddler dropped her marbles in one select spot. It’s quite astonishing!

Another small island or two will break up the main channel, but this 1.5-mile-long stretch (from Esker Road to Plover River Road, the next bridge downstream), is wide, calm, and gentle in its straightaways. It’s a great occasion to relax after the white-knuckled hairy spots upstream.

The next bridge down, at Plover River Road, comes into view in a straightaway. While there is a farm on the left and a set of power lines above, boulders return and provide a welcome distraction. A continual straightaway leads to the sound (at first – and then sight) of a splashy drop beneath a low-clearance farm bridge. Even at our reputable water level, there was no problem getting under this bridge. It is, however, a narrow slot through, and in strong current at that, so do be careful here. An easier, smaller drop follows just downstream through huge piles of fallen trees, as does a large bulbous-shaped island. Below that island is another splashy Class I rapids through boulder-strewn fun. And this is followed by another farm bridge (bigger than before) with another set of rapids beneath it (also bigger than before). All in all, it’s a boisterous and bubbly Class I rapid ledge in a beautiful setting with boulders scattered in every which way!

Minor rapids and umpteen riffles prevail past this point, as do boulder gardens galore. A handful of islands lends intimacy to the river, splitting it into side channels. It’s 2.7 miles from Plover River Road to the take-out, at Kristof Road, and the whole landscape here is gorgeous and engaging – truly, one of the prettiest stretches of river we’ve ever been on. Even when the river widens a bit and slows down, the surrounding banks and intermittent boulders makes the setting as aesthetically pleasing as one can hope for. And then when it narrows and keeps you on your toes with frisky riffles, it’s positively thrilling and will leave you with a grin from ear to ear. For, you’ll get lulled a bit by a longish straightaway, when suddenly the scrappy Plover will bend to the left or to the right, and then the current picks up like a cracked whip, and now there are lichen-speckled and moss-mottled boulders as big as a fridge everywhere you look. Right up to the end of this trip – even past it, including the visual gauge rocks on the downstream side of Kristof Road.

What we liked:
I often like to say that my favorite place to go to is somewhere I’ve never been. An added conceit to that is the feeling of being somewhere no one’s been to. (This is, of course, totally delusional; somebody’s always already been somewhere before you. Multiple times. But it’s the feeling of newness and exploring the obscure that so thrills me. Together with the rich privilege of getting to share those forays into the unknown here.) But to put this in context, the only unknown on this trip was its first two miles. But those two miles are mighty awesome.

To be fair, the upper Plover is not a designated wild and scenic river, nor is it set in a state or federal forest free from development. Farms are never far. But when you’re on the river, it sure does feel wild and scenic – and isn’t that what it’s all about it anyway? From the perspective of paddling, does it really matter whether there’s a farmhouse a hundred yards away or a mile? Or ten miles? The point is the surrounding banks look undeveloped, and thus the feel of the trip is of something wild. In my book, block-solid wildness is preferable to fragile (and philosophical) wilderness.

The hue of the river, its brisk current, the hackle-raising side channels with touch-and-go unknowns; the rapids, the spectacular boulder gardens, the pine-lined banks and spooky cedar groves – this stretch of the Plover River really is markedly distinct from its character further downstream (i.e., in the Svob book). Not necessarily better, as that’s totally subjective, just different. But, wilder.

The one thing I don’t mind repeating that Barry already stated is this: the boulder gardens here really are like nowhere else we’ve experienced. Boulders are just everywhere! Even when you don’t see their iceberg-like tips atop the surface, they’re all still there beneath you. Seriously, how one stretch of river is so ridiculously endowed with rocks is beyond our understanding. But it sure makes for awesome paddling.

On a side note, we drove up from Madison to spend the weekend up in the Stevens Point area, during which it pretty much rained the whole time. It was still drizzling by the time we dropped off the bikes at the take-out, drove to the put-in, unloaded, geared up, and got onto the water. Not a hard rain, but, still rain. Mercifully, the sprinkles tapered off by the time we got to Esker Road, and eventually the sun did come out.  But there was enough of a temperature differential during this interval that a beautiful, photogenic, and positively hypnotic fog hovered above the water in between Esker and Plover River roads. Sometimes awaiting our arrival at the end of a straightaway like some ethereal nebula, a gossamer dew perfectly fitting for such a lugubrious day. And sometimes it would suddenly appear in cloistered pockets around a bend. It was utterly enchanting.

What we didn’t like:
As fun as those first two miles are, they are a little dicey. It’s not the most fun to feel like your kayak is a runaway car with no brakes (especially if during that sequence you end up going for a swim, or losing gear, or damaging something – none of which happened for us, but any of the above easily could have). It definitely stirred up the old adrenaline levels… making it unfit for paddlers with high blood pressure. It was fun, because A) it all worked out essentially and B) I do usually think it’s good to challenge one’s comfort levels from time to time.

We didn’t like having to portage where and when there just was no way around certain obstacles, but we take that as par for the course for an obscure trip the likes of this one.

Honestly, if there is one definite dislike we encountered on this trip it was happening upon an animal skull intentionally lodged in a short tree on the left bank along someone’s property. Given the teeth of the skull and the nasal cavity, I’m guessing it probably was a black bear. I don’t know what purpose such a display poses, but I personally found it demeaning and in poor taste.

If we did this trip again:
With all due respect to the Plover River blogger, the upstream Plover is anything but “bad for paddling.” But to be circumspect, any review of a river – glowing or glowering – has to be put in context. Given how much rivers themselves fluctuate thanks to storms and other weather patterns, to say nothing of the work volunteers do to clean up after the inevitable obstructions of fallen trees, a review of a river is dated as soon as it is published (including this one, of course). Sometimes generalizations are fair game, if a certain stream is just too obscure or too prone to deadfall, or, conversely, very popular and routinely maintained. I’d love to be proven wrong about the Rubicon someday, or, better still, the Grand River. But until that crow of plate is served to me, those streams are written off for me. And maybe that’s how it was for Svob et al, years ago. But we are here to proclaim that the upper Plover is an incredible prospect – when the water levels are Goldilocks.

There’s nothing we’d do differently about this trip. It was as scenic as it was thrilling, and the accesses were great. We’d just do it earlier in the day, to allow for time to clip, snip, saw, and haul out some of the dodgier parts to make this trip a little safer.

Also, we’d bookend this trip just as we did, with a late breakfast/lunch at the slightly kitschy but ultimately quaint Rock ‘N’ Roll Cafe in Stevens Point, where I dare you to get to the bottom of your cup of coffee before it gets topped off half a dozen times minimum. Plus the hospitality there is genuinely personal – and personally genuine. And then for dinner, since we were nearby, Mikey’s Bar & Grill, where the tap list is as delicious and robust as the Louisiane pasta dish (Andouille sausage and spicy cream sauce with wild rice, what?!?) Oh yeah – O’so Brewing’s taphouse is located next door for a nifty nightcap. Just saying.

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Related Information:
Plover River I: Jordan Park to Iverson Park
Plover River II:
Esker Road to Bevent Drive
Plover River III: Shantytown Road to Jordan Park
Miles Paddled Video:
Jordan Park to Iverson Park
Miles Paddled Video:
 Esker Road to Bevent Drive
Camping: 
Collins County Park
Camping:
Dells of the Eau Claire County Park
Outfitter: Divepoint Scuba Paddle & Adventure Center
Wikipedia: Plover River

Map:


Shuttle Information:
5.8 miles for vehicles, all along County Road Y. 6 miles for bicycles up Kristof, Plover, and Esker Roads.

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Eau Claire River I (Marathon)
6.16.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Bear Lake Road to Dells of the Eau Claire Park

Eau Galle River

Eau Galle River
8.10.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Spring Valley to 770th Avenue

Embarrass River

Embarrass River
8.25.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 45 to County Road M

Flambeau River: North Fork

Flambeau River: North Fork III
7.4-7.5.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway W Landing to Flambeau Lodge Landing

Flambeau River: North Fork II
7.22.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Nine Mile Creek to Oxbo

Flambeau River: North Fork I
8.17.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Robinson Landing to Holt’s Landing

Fond Du Lac River: West Branch

Fond Du Lac River: West Branch
6.25.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 23 to Lake Winnebago

Fox River

Fox River II
4.30.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road O to Endeavor

Fox River I
5.14.14 | ☆ ☆
Swan Lake to Portage Canal

Fox River (IL)

Fox River
8.21.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Serena to Wedron

Galena/Fever River

Galena/Fever River IV
11.1.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Twin Bridge Road to Bean Street Road

Galena/Fever River III
6.21.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Horseshoe Bend Road to Buncombe Road

Galena/Fever River II
4.28.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Ensche Road to Buckhill Road

Galena/Fever River I
5.24.09 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road W to Ensche Road

Grand River

Grand River
5.22.15 | ☆ ☆
Manchester to Kingston

Grant River

Grant River II
4.24.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
11.21.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road U to Chaffie Hollow Road

Grant River I
4.23.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
5.23.09 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Short Cut Road to County Road U

Halls Creek

Halls Creek II
8.9.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Garage Road to Halls Creek Landing

Halls Creek I
5.6.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
6.28.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Trow Lake Dam to Halls Creek Landing

Honey Creek (Sauk County)

Honey Creek (Sauk)
7.25.14 | ☆ ☆
County Road O to Ferry Bluff Landing

Honey Creek (Walworth County)

Honey Creek (Walworth)
4.16.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Bell School Road to County Road DD

Jump River

Jump River
8.30.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Luke’s Heights Lane to Big Falls County Park

Kickapoo River

Kickapoo River III
8.22.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Landing 4 to Landing 14

Kickapoo River II
9.8.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Rockton to LaFarge

Kickapoo River I
9.7-9.8.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Ontario to Rockton

Kickapoo River: West Fork

Kickapoo River: West Fork
8.26.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road S to Highway 56

Kinnickinnic River

Kinnickinnic River II
4.29.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
River Falls to Kinnickinnic State Park

Kinnickinnic River I
8.11.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
River Falls to County Road F

Kishwaukee River (IL)

Kishwaukee River
6.17.12 | ☆ ☆
Cherry Valley to New Milford

Koshkonong Creek

Koshkonong Creek IV
7.20.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Busseyville to Lake Koshkonong

Koshkonong Creek III
7.15.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Cambridge to Hoopen Road

Koshkonong Creek II
5.5.13 | ☆ ☆
Britzke Road to Hoopen Road

Koshkonong Creek I
2.24.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Cambridge to Rockdale

La Crosse River

La Crosse River III
11.1.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Veterans Memorial County Park to La Crosse

La Crosse River II
9.28.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 108 to Veterans Memorial County Park

La Crosse River I
8.2.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sparta to Bangor

Lake Columbia

Lake Columbia
2.2.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Dekorra, Wisconsin

Lake Mendota

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

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan: Horseshoe Island
7.5.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Fish Creek, Wisconsin

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 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Lake Superior

Lake Superior: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
8.31.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Munising, Michigan

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
6.28.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road O to Banfield Bridge Recreation Area

Little Platte River I
7.23.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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 IV
7.25.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Big Falls to Highway 110

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

Lulu Lake

Lulu Lake
4.28.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Eagle, Wisconsin

Lusk Creek (IL)

Lusk Creek
3.30.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Saltpeter Cave Crossing to Eddyville Blacktop Road

Manitowoc River

Manitowoc River II
7.15.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road S to Manitowoc

Manitowoc River I
7.14.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road JJ to County Road S

Maquoketa River: North Fork (IA)

Maquoketa River: North Fork
6.9.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway D61 to 60th Avenue

Maunesha River

Maunesha River V
4.3.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Marshall to Firemen’s Park

Maunesha River IV
4.5.15 | ☆ ☆
County Road TT to Canal Road

Maunesha River III
5.18.13 | ☆ ☆
Waterloo to Portland

Maunesha River II
6.13.13 | ☆ ☆
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 III
9.8.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Mayfair Road to Jacobus Park

Menomonee River II
7.27.17 | ☆ ☆
Pilgrim Road to Frontier Park

Menomonee River I
7.3.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Frontier Park to Jacobus Park

Mill Creek (Iowa County)

Mill Creek (Iowa)
6.8.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Loy Road to Highway 23

Mill Creek (Portage County)

Mill Creek (Portage)
10.16.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Robin Lane to West River Drive

Mill Creek (Richland County)

Mill Creek (Richland)
10.29.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Crossover Road to Highway 60

Milwaukee River

Milwaukee River VIII
7.2.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Estabrook Park to Bruce Street

Milwaukee River VII
9.29.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
West Bend to Newburg

Milwaukee River VI
9.30.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Fredonia to Grafton

Milwaukee River V
6.20.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Grafton to County Highway T

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
6.20.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
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
10.17.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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 Landing

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: Dodge Branch

Pecatonica River: Dodge Branch
5.13.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Sunny Ridge Road to Banner Road

Pecatonica River: East Branch

Pecatonica River: East Branch VII
11.11.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 78 to River Road

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 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 78 to Argyle

Pecatonica River: Mineral Point Branch

Pecatonica River: Mineral Point Branch II
6.24.18 + 10.14.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Lake Ludden to S. Oak Park Road

Pecatonica River: Mineral Point Branch I
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

Pewaukee River

Pewaukee River
6.16.19 | ☆ ☆
Koepp Park to Bluemound Road

Pigeon River

Pigeon River
12.5.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road J to Lake Michigan

Pine River (Lincoln County)

Pine River (Lincoln)
9.7.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Center Road to County Road W

Pine River (Richland County)

Pine River II (Richland)
5.12.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Krouskop Park to Twin Bluffs Road

Pine River I (Richland)
7.26.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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 VII
9.23.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Coon Hollow Road to Ellenboro

Platte River VI
2.27.18 + 5.4.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road E to County Road A

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 IV
9.27.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Boundary Road to Kristof Road

Plover River III
5.18.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Shantytown Road to Jordan Park

Plover River II
9.23.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Esker Road to Bevent Drive

Plover River I
5.17.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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 II
9.17.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Menomonie to Dunnsville

Red Cedar River I
5.30.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Menomonie to Downsville

Robinson Creek

Robinson Creek II
9.14.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Kelly Road to West Pine Hill Road

Robinson Creek I
5.7.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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 II
8.26.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Preston Trailhead Park to Heron Road

Root River: South Branch I
9.20.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 5 to Preston Trailhead Park

Rubicon River

Rubicon River
5.27.15 | ☆ ☆
Saylesville to Neosho

Scuppernong River

Scuppernong River
8.4.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 106 to County Road D

Seeley Creek

Seeley Creek
5.4.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Seeley Lake to Hatchery Road

Sheboygan River

Sheboygan River VI
10.12.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
St. Cloud to Sheboygan Broughton Marsh County Park

Sheboygan River V
10.14.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Sheboygan Broughton Marsh County Park to Kiel

Sheboygan River IV
10.13.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Millhome to Johnsonville

Sheboygan River III
10.11.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Johnsonville to Dassow Park

Sheboygan River II
10.19.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Dassow Park to Sheboygan Falls

Sheboygan River I
10.3.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sheboygan Falls to Lake Michigan

Six Mile Creek

Six Mile Creek
6.7.14 | ☆
Waunakee Village Park to South Woodland Drive

Spring Creek

Spring Creek II
3.4.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Lee Road to Veterans Memorial Park

Spring Creek I
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 II
4.22.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Token Creek Preserve Park to Daentl Road

Token Creek I
5.22.11 | ☆
8.22.09 | ☆ ☆
5.2.09 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Token Creek County Park to Cherokee Park

Tomorrow River

Tomorrow-Waupaca River Overview
Our Guide to the Tomorrow-Waupaca 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 V
3.20.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Fairfield to Sweet-Allyn Park

Turtle Creek IV
6.21.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
School Section Road to O’Riley Road

Turtle Creek III
6.19.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Springs Park to School Section Road

Turtle Creek II
8.30.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆
7.14.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
O’Riley Road to Sweet-Allyn Park

Turtle Creek I
7.13.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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

Tomorrow-Waupaca River Overview
Our Guide to the Tomorrow-Waupaca River

Waupaca River VI
10.10.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Buchholz Road to County Highway Q

Waupaca River V
9.1.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Riverview Park to Reek Road

Waupaca River IV
6.2.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Weyauwega to Decker Memorial Park

Waupaca River III
10.24.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Amherst to Durrant Road

Waupaca River II
9.22.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Highway DD to County Highway Q

Waupaca River I
4.12.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
7.7.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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 II
5.5.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road B to Rouse Road

Wedges Creek I
9.20.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Middle Road to Riviera Avenue

White River (Bayfield County)

White River (Bayfield)
8.16.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Maple Ridge Road to Highway 112

White River (Walworth County)

White River III (Walworth)
3.12.16 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sheridan Springs Road to Lyons

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

White River (Waushara County)

White River (Waushara)
11.1.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road YY to Czech Lane

Whitewater Creek (IA)

Whitewater Creek
6.18.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Whitewater Drive to Highway D61

Willow Creek

Willow Creek
8.5.17 + 8.22.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 58 to Dog Hollow Road

Wisconsin River

Merrill to Wausau
…………………………………

Wisconsin River XI
5.11.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Grandfather Dam to Lokemoen Road

Wisconsin River IX
12.2.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Pine River to Texas

Mosinee to Plover
…………………………………

Wisconsin River XVIII
9.28.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Al Tech Park to West River Drive

Wisconsin River XVII
7.24.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Blue Heron Island

Wisconsin River XVI
7.23.19 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Lake DuBay Dam to County Road HH

Castle Rock Lake to Prairie Du Sac
…………………………………

Wisconsin River XIV
7.11.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Castle Rock Dam to Lyndon Station

Wisconsin River XIII
10.11.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
River Bay Road to Norway Drive

Wisconsin River XII
6.13.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Pine Island to Portage

Wisconsin River X
4.22.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Portage to Dekorra

Wisconsin River VII
8.6.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Wisconsin Dells to Norway Drive

Wisconsin River VI
8.15.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Dekorra to Whalen Bay

Wisconsin River V
10.13.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
6.1.11 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Lyndon Station to Wisconsin Dells

Prairie Du Sac to The Mississippi River
…………………………………

Lower Wisconsin Overview
Our Guide to the Lower Wisconsin Riverway

Wisconsin River XV
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

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

Yahara River VIII
4.19.16 | ☆ ☆
Windsor to Yahara Heights County Park

Yahara River VII
3.7.15 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Mud Lake to Lake Kegonsa

Yahara River VI
12.14.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Stoughton to Stebbensville Road

Yahara River V
12.13.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Lake Kegonsa to Stoughton

Yahara River IV
7.16.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆
7.22.13 | ☆ ☆
5.25.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Veterans Memorial Park to Windsor Road

Yahara River III
6.6.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Murwin County Park to Janesville

Yahara River II
7.14.13 | ☆ ☆ ☆
9.08 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Stebbensville Road to County Road H

Yahara River I
7.13.10 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
8.08 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park

Yellow Creek (IL)

Yellow Creek
4.19.14 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Bolton Road to Krape Park

Yellow River (Taylor County)

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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