Fox River Illinois Tributary
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Fox River II

on
May 4, 2020

Waterford to Burlington
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A suburban paddle by and by, surrounded by highways, bridges, backyards, big box stores, a golf course, and a couple dams, there’s little charm to this section of the Fox River in southeastern Wisconsin but for one lovely public park. You may well not want to paddle this trip at all, but do not even think about it when the wind is from the south.

Date:
March 15, 2020

Skill Level: Beginner
Class Difficulty:
 Flatwater

Gradient:
≈ 1′ per mile

Gauge:
Rochester: ht/ft: 4.1 | cfs: n/a

Recommended Levels:
We recommend this level. Below 4′ you can expect to scrape and/or have to walk your boat in some of the shallow areas, but otherwise water levels are usually reliable.

Put-In:
Village Hall Park, Waterford, Wisconsin
Take-Out:
Riverside Park, Burlington, Wisconsin

Time: Put in at 12:45p. Out at 3:15p.
Total Time: 2h 30m
Miles Paddled: 8

Wildlife:
Lots of ducks and geese, one kingfisher, one great blue heron, and a dozen dazzling white bass jumping out of the water.

Shuttle Information:
7.2 miles by car, all of it highway. 8.7 miles by bike, almost all of it on a dedicated bike trail. (Or, if you’re like me, 12+ miles by bike due to taking wrong turns due to no signage.)


Background:
I should’ve looked at the calendar. I should’ve paid better attention to the wind direction. I should’ve known that paddling on the Ides of March on a south-flowing river against a 15-20 mph wind from the south on a river 80 minutes away was a really dumb idea. But I’ve had this trip on the “other” Fox River in mind for years, especially a solo paddle with a bike shuttle on a dedicated trail. And sometimes you just want to get something like that over and done with to stop wondering about. (Although, in retrospect, it was still a really dumb idea, as the paddling was constant work and no play, and I got lost twice on the bike shuttle, and then got rained on.)

Speaking of feeling spun about, we should clarify that this Fox River is the one in southeastern Wisconsin that flows south past the state line and into the Illinois River eventually, and then onwards to the Mississippi. Not to be confused with the more historic Fox River that flows north from the Pardeeville-Portage area up to Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Sometimes called the “Illinois” Fox or “Little” Fox, let’s just set those monikers aside, diminutives both. At 200 miles long, there’s nothing “little” about this Fox River. (Technically, it’s just a bit longer than the northward Fox.) Secondly, it’s bad enough that obnoxious Cubs fans consider Miller Park “Wrigley North,” so we’ll have none of this appellation appropriation about rivers, thank you very much. While it might not be overly imaginative to have two rivers in one state named Fox, especially since neither is remotely fox-like (or vulpine, if you prefer), the menagerie is what it is and that’s that.

(For what it’s worth, I’d rename the northerly Fox the Heron or Cattail River, as it’s predominantly marshy, and then redub the southerly Fox the Labradoodle or the Cul-de-Sac, as it’s surrounded by wealthy suburbs on both sides of the Wisconsin-Illinois border, but nobody’s actually asked me…)

It should come as no surprise then that a river that’s 200 miles long has a variety of attributes and environments. For the Fox, that variety (predominantly) is found in urban-suburban development, dam impoundments, and wetlands (with one extraordinary exception to that rule down in the Serena-Wedron area of Illinois where the river is bejeweled with stunning sandstone rock outcrops comparable to Wisconsin Dells). To date, there are 16 total dams clogging the Fox’s flow – 13 of which are in Illinois. What purpose these concrete walls purportedly serve, we can’t say. Fake lakes for wealthy property owners is one guess. Because they’ve always been there, is another. But per capita, that’s more dams than even the Wisconsin River (26 for 430 miles).

Meister Mike Svob, guidebook scribe extraordinaire, lays out three recommended trips on the southeastern Fox River in his classic, Paddling Southern Wisconsin: Mukwonago to Tichigan Lake; Waterford to Burlington; and Burlington to Wilmot. I was drawn to the middle trip because we’ve spent a bit of time in Burlington throughout the years, where three waters converge: Honey Creek, the White River and the Fox River. And I wanted to take advantage of shuttling along the Seven Waters Bike Trail.

Overview:
This trip begins and ends at public parks along the river, with ample parking and porta-potties. Neither has a dedicated landing for paddlers, but riprap along the river-right banks at each park provides for essentially easy and mud-free access. The put-in is located directly below the dam in Waterford, which is a popular place for fishing. For the first 30 yards or so the river is rocky and shallow, creating a swift current and fun riffles, but that will immediately peter before crossing under the bridge at Main Street.

There’s not much to write home about from here to the next landmarks – the bridge at Main Street in Rochester (aka County Highway D) followed by an old decrepit dam; both banks are lined with houses for 2.5 miles without a break. Moreover, on account of the dam, the current here is flat and slack. It feels more like a long, skinny lake than a river. (Woe to you if the wind is from the south!) Prior to this trip I had never actually seen or been to the Rochester dam. I knew of its existence, and from the satellite map I’d hoped I could either run it on far river-left, where it looked like there was a break in the concrete rubble, or that it could be a really easy portage. First off, it can’t be run. Secondly, it’s an even more popular fishing spot than the park below the dam in Waterford. So, what in theory could’ve been a relatively simple affair of not so much portaging but a quick getting-out-and-dragging-the-boat like 6′ was kibboshed by fishing line. Instead, I exited stage-left and portaged around the dam, a distance of 300′. Not a big deal by any means, but still a nuisance (especially in a canoe loaded with gear that I couldn’t just drag since the portage path is dirt-gravel, not grass). And all for what? What purpose does this dumb dam serve?

For all practicality, this trip really begins below the Rochester dam. (Why on earth Svob recommends beginning in Waterford is just lost on me. I personally see zero redeeming value in the 2.5 miles from Waterford to Rochester.) Fun riffles and shallow shoals are found on the downstream side of the dam for about 30 yards. So too are more folks fishing. Here and along both banks of the river for another quarter-mile. If for nothing else, the river is known for its white bass. (How do I, a guy who doesn’t fish, know this? I asked – that’s how.) Of more interest to the paddler, however, is the lovely hill that suddenly appears downstream. Two more private residences lie high above on the right bank, at the base of which the river bends left, then right, then left again in a broad but still elegant S-curve past woods and fun riffles. It is both the most scenic part of the trip and the most interesting paddling portion, too. That said, in lower water conditions, you’d be scraping and/or walking your boat here, as it’s super-shallow. Incidentally, the woods here, along with the lovely pedestrian bridge that spans both banks, are part of Case Eagle Park.

Like the ridiculous following the sublime, on your left you’ll soon see a wastewater treatment plant and its telltale buildings. Fortunately, on the right is another patch of attractive woods called Saller Woods. (More on Saller and Case Eagle below.) Alas, this too shall pass, followed by the first of several big, loud highway bridges. This one is Highway 36, which after crossing the river will then be on your right for half a mile until the next set of big, loud highway bridges (Highway 83). The river will begin bending to the west here, surrounded by farm fields, low banks, and scrubby woods. Browns Lake Drive crosses over the river next, on the downstream side of which, if you squint, you might just see the backside of the lumberyard of Menards, a breathtaking sight to behold this time of year.

The main commercial drag of Burlington, Milwaukee Road, parallels the river for the next half-mile. Eventually, on the left you’ll start seeing a golf course and then further downstream a quaint bridge to a segregated hole on river-right. These two stretches comprise a mile or so, all of it a long, wide straightaway. Generally speaking, both banks are wooded, but neither provides much insulation from the hustle and bustle of suburban Burlington. At this time of year at least, there was a neat floodplains feel to these woods; but, again, the reality of development surrounds you and challenges the imagination to pretend you’re anywhere remotely more interesting than where you actually are.

The river then bends to the right past a cluster of woods on the right. A quarter-mile-long straightaway takes you to Riverside Park. Here too, like at the put-in, there is no designated launching area. Rather, it’s a riprap-lined bank on the right, but it’s an easy and clean access regardless. Where precisely you choose to exit is up to you, depending on where you left your vehicle or bicycle, but generally it will be upstream of another pedestrian bridge that’s part of the park. There are facilities located here.

What we liked:
Past the Rochester dam, for a mile and some, this trip is truly lovely. Attractive woods flank both banks, with a modest but notable upland lift on the right, and the river itself sparkles with little riffles, clearish water, and rocky shoals on the bottom. If more of this trip were like the section between the dam and Highway 36, it would make for a great destination. Alas, it’s less than 1.5 miles long; and while the river is more interesting (in sections) downstream of Highway 36 than upstream the Rochester dam, one’s enthusiasm for such rationalizations can be sustained only so long before attenuating. Especially in light of how many other alternative rivers are nearby, which offer more of the good stuff and less of the bad that paddlers are looking for.

One shout-out that I’ll happily provide goes out to all of the frisky fish that continually jumped out of the water suddenly throughout this trip. The folks fishing were not joking about the white bass! Of course, I wasn’t lucky enough to “catch” any of their acrobatic flops on camera, but it’s still a real treat even to hear the sound of those random acts – let alone see them with one’s own eyes.

What we didn’t like:
In a word, everything. That may sound unduly harsh, but this section of river does very little to inspire admiration. In order of first impression – which is also to say last or lasting impression, as I’m writing this report now a full month after paddling this trip, and distance has not made my heart grow fonder! – you’re surrounded by residential backyards for the majority of the trip. Who drives 80 minutes one-way to seek out that kind of landscape? And when not residential backyards, it’s suburban highways. And when not backyards or highways, it’s strip malls where from the water one can clearly see the Menards, the Wal-Mart, the Dollar General – the Anywhere, USA. In short, a “blandscape.”

Secondly, the Fox here is wide and slow, with only a handful of very brief riffles. Worse still, there are a couple sections where it’s actually quite shallow (and would be un-navigable at average/low water levels). And, good lord, if you’re a hapless masochist like me and paddle this boring, slow trip against a stiff wind the entire time, then it’s all work, no play, and no payoff. It’s often said that even a bad day on the water is still better than a good day at [full in the blank]. Honestly, after this trip, at least for my sake, I can say with full confidence that No, that is not true. I think I’d actually rather be audited by the IRS or have a cavity filled by a dentist than waste a perfectly sunny day in early spring in the homogenous monotony of Racine County on an industrialized river against the wind for 8 torturous miles. My wrists were still sore for a couple days after this trip from the constant, deep-dug paddling.

(On the upstream side of the first major highway overpass bridges is an exit sign that reads “Burlington 1/4 Mile.” River-wise, this comes at the halfway point of the paddle, but I remember thinking God, I wish Burlington were only a quarter-mile away!)

Lastly, there was the bike shuttle. For starters, it’s unclear where the official trail is at Riverside Park and the take-out. So, naturally I went the wrong way a couple times before I found it (much to the amusement of onlookers, who were already amused by a guy riding his bike with a canoe paddle hanging off the end). The really annoying part, however, comes right after the trail courses through the heart of the Saller Woods section – which is very pretty and otherwise a highlight. The trail comes to a dead-end stop at N. Browns Lake Drive, a residential street. Now, you’d think that a dedicated trail that’s been lauded for its recreational draw would have a sign – any kind of sign (show me a sign!) at such an intersection. You can’t go straight, so it’s either left or right. I went left, because (well, yes, that’s generally how I lean in life, but that’s neither here nor there) before I got to Saller Woods the river was on my right, I was pedaling back to the put-in (i.e., upstream), and I hadn’t crossed over the river yet. My inner compass said Go Left, Young Man. It was a 50/50 shot, so I went with it. And was dead wrong! The funny thing (well, later that night; at the time I was near foaming at the mouth) is by going left the road take me full circle back to where I came, now pedaling against the wind, back to a highway in between Riverside Park and Saller Woods, a detour that added another 3 miles to the shuttle.

Distraught and angsty from the harangue, I did what I almost never do: asked for help – from three teenage girls out for a little jaunt on their bikes, braces and selfie shots and everything. They cheerfully clarified that indeed, yes, at the N. Browns Lake Drive intersection one turns right, goes down a ¼ mile, then turns right again back onto the trail through the Case Eagle section. And sure enough, of course they were right (Right!). But, why in the world would there be no sign telling you so?

If we did this trip again:
How do we say this delicately? Hell to the no. If we did this trip again, it would be sometime between none too soon and never again.

The only/best thing we can say about this trip is the segment from below the Rochester dam to the bridge at Highway 36. Not surprisingly, it’s the only truly undeveloped part of the trip (well, mostly) and has the only hills. Throw in some riffles, clear water, and an impressive pedestrian/bike trail bridge, and it’s actually quite lovely. But it’s only 1.2 miles long. Hardly worth mentioning. But I suppose if we lived real close and wanted to combine the very best paddling and pedaling of this trip for a cocktail hour trip, then we’d definitely re-do this portion.

Where Burlington is situated is a fairly fascinating place, as three separate rivers all converge at its helm – Sugar Creek from the west, Honey Creek from the northwest, and the Fox River from the north. The effect of this is best appreciated on a map, as the present day layout belies this riverine trinity, thanks to a bittersweet dam downtown that impounds the confluent flow of Sugar and Honey Creeks.

Maybe I’m biased because my soul animal is a red fox, or perhaps it’s with a subtle nostalgia for New England names (Waterford, Rochester, Burlington), but I felt an uncertain yen for this trip. Yet it was an ill-fated matchup. I have no problem with urban/suburban paddle trips. Indeed, “finding adventure in your own backyard” has become a token mantra of mine and was the guiding philosophy behind my own guidebook that I began working on back in 2014. But a stream surrounded by development needs to possess a modicum of charm and character to allure a paddler – a couple fun rapids, a natural spring, beautiful masonry in an old railroad bridge, etc. To be fair, the upper Fox is endowed with such charisma – for example, the mile-long stretch of rapids through downtown Waukesha and the protected wildlife area of Vernon Marsh just upstream of Mukwonago. But this section of the Fox, alas, is a henhouse of dull monotony and overdeveloped distractions.

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Related Information:
Fox River I: Serena to Wedron
General:
Fabulous Fox Water Trail
General: Fox River Canoe Routes
Wikipedia: Fox River (Illinois River Tributary)

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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

Kewaunee River

Kewaunee River
7.3.20 | ☆ ☆
River Road to Kewaunee

Kickapoo River

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

Kickapoo River II
9.8.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Rockton to La Farge

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 (MI)
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 III
7.5.20 | ☆ ☆
Crosscut Road to Quarry Road

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 Turtle Creek

Little Turtle Creek
5.3.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
S. County Line Road to S. O’Riley Road

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 VIII
5.15.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Indian Creek Road to The Mississippi 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 Dunnville

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 Creek

Scuppernong Creek
4.26.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Sunset Drive to Gramling Lane

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 XIX
6.10-6.14.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Prairie Du Sac to Wyalusing Landing

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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