Wolf River
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Wolf River V

on
November 15, 2020

Langlade to Markton
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An exhilarating trip where the former “teen” Wolf becomes a millennial and starts its sprint. More rambunctious than the segment upstream, but not as volatile as the next segment downriver, this trip is pretty much pitch-perfect for “lightwater” paddlers looking to push the envelope of developed skills and comfort levels with half a dozen solid Class II rapids, one Class II-III, and finally one Class III right at the take-out. Combined with the same public land corridors lining the banks that you’ve come to expect at this point along the Wolf River, as well as glorious boulder gardens galore, this trip simply sizzles with excitement and awe-inspiring beauty.

Editor’s note: This trip is not to be confused with Mike Svob’s “Wolf River 5” in his guidebook, Paddling Northern Wisconsin, or the incredible Wisconsin Trail Guide’s “W5”. Those nearly identical trips refer to the next section downriver from this trip: Gilmore’s Mistake Rapids to Big Smokey Falls. Those who follow us understand that we name our posts based on sequential order of sections of a river we cover and are not meant to co-relate to other guides. Any overlap is purely incidental. Thanks.

Date:
September 27, 2020

Skill Level: Advanced
Class Difficulty: 
Class II-III

Gradient:
19′ per mile

Gauge:
Langlade: ht/ft: 8.6 | cfs: 680

Recommended Levels:
We strongly recommend this level.

Put-In:
Highway 64 DNR Landing, Langlade, Wisconsin
Take-Out:
Gilmoure’s Mistake at Wild Wolf Inn/Crab n Jack’s Landing off Highway 55, Markton, Wisconsin

Time: Put in at 1:20p. Out at 6:10p.
Total Time: 4h 50m*
Miles Paddled: 10.25

*Time note: This is a fairly long time for a 10-mile trip, admittedly. The main reasons for this were getting out a few times to dump/pump water out of our boats, scouting rapids, and trying to help out other paddlers who’d gone for an unwelcome swim and lost some gear.

Wildlife:
Bald eagles, great blue herons, ravens, wood peckers and frogs.

Shuttle Information:
6.8 miles – best done by vehicle, not bicycle, on account of the narrow shoulder, hills, curves and general velocity of passing traffic.


Background:
While we truly do strive to be impartial and circumspect while reviewing rivers, checking our own baggage at the door so to speak, every once in a while we experience something – good and evil – for which there just is no place for modest decorum. Sometimes trips just suck – and even the old adage of a bad day on the water is still better than a good day at work doesn’t ring true (days when I’d definitely have sided with sitting at a desk doing spreadsheets or shoveling manure than driving a couple hours round-trip for a total torpedo that results in mud, blood, cursing, injury, broken/lost cameras, long walks back to a car (especially in the dark in the middle of nowhere with no end in sight or dinner in my belly), etc.) But sometimes trips are just smacked the hell out of the park home runs, like in The Natural. This trip was one of those almighty successes, which honestly had as much to do with circumstances as it did luck.

We had spent the previous days paddling the respective sections of the river upstream, sequentially, which essentially concluded in this trip, which is both longer and technically more challenging than the others. To make a very long story short, we befriended a couple of other paddlers, Allison and Will, at the campground where we were staying (coincidentally, our tents were only half a dozen or so sites away from each other in what is otherwise a ginormous sprawl of a campground) and they ended up paddling this trip together with us – well, up to a point.

There are so many cool things about Allison and Will, it’s hard to know where to begin – or end. Allison is a science teacher who actually knows geology and imparts her smarts on lucky children vs. Timothy who pretends that he does for the sake of a paddling website. They were paddling in a tandem canoe that Allison had borrowed from a different friend – a fine and fit Mad River tandem, but by no means a whitewater-worthy vessel. Will had had little if any paddling experience before, and here he was bow-man in practically endless Class II rapids!

Coincidentally, when looking up info for paddling the Wolf River, Allison had found a certain website called “Miles Paddled” and asked us if we’d heard of it. We gave the gift of paying it forward by sparing Allison and Will from having to bike shuttle by dropping her car off at their intended take-out (Herb’s Landing) and then a ride back to the put-in. While at Herb’s we ended up running into other paddlers, hardcore souls in old-school C-1 whitewater boats, who are inveterate, devoted Wolf River enthusiasts, with whom we cordially talked shop and exchanged Miles Paddled stickers (still hoping to hear from one of them someday…)

Finally, at our take-out (Gilmore’s Mistake/Wild Wolf Inn/Crab n Jack’s) we ran into yet other paddlers, a couple from Milwaukee, who were fixed on paddling the same trip Scotty and I were, and like us, eyeing the Class III run of big waves, sticky holes, and squirrely lines comprising Gilmore’s Mistake Rapids. Honestly, I’d forgotten all about them until later on in the trip when we scouted Boy Scout Rapids during our paddle and happened to see them go down… and then out… and then… But now I’m getting ahead of myself.

Overview:
The put-in at the Langlade DNR Landing & Ranger Station offers convenience in spades, with ample parking, facilities, and a convenient path from the lot to the water. Ominously or invitingly, there’s a very weathered sign along the way, torn in half, that reads “CAUTION WILD RAPIDS DOWNSTREAM WEAR YOUR LIFEJACKET”. Wild, as we have discussed elsewhere, is a relative term. The rapids on this trip are good and formidable for “lightwater” paddlers, and yes, one’s PFD ought to be donned during this trip. (Sorry, Will.) But still we’re talking only Class II’s for the most part. That sign ought to belong at this trip’s take-out, but then that wouldn’t have the imprimatur of the DNR, so…

The first-half mile consists of quietwater as you paddle pass the blink-missed hamlet of Langlade and any associated properties grandfathered to the riverbanks. Illustriously named “Rocky Rips” give you a Class I wink and kiss after that. Giant dollops of boulders are strewn in the stream every which way, their stupendous dimensions and sheer numbers just dazzling in unapologetic audacity. It’s as if a magician with a wand went berserk and benighted these enchanting envoys from the last glacier here and there and there and there again – everywhere! A large, scrubby island interrupts Rocky Rips and the next stretch of essentially easy Class I-II, called Crowle Rapids, about 300 yards long. Soon after is an even steeper and longer set of solid Class IIs that on some maps is called “Unnamed Rapids” or simply the second pitch of Crowle. Whatever you call it, it’s a quarter-mile of liquid bliss. Also, if you don’t have your skirt on by now, you’ll wish you’d had put in on beforehand (unless it’s a summer-scorcher and being soaked is welcome).

A short hundred yards of respite precede the galloping hooves of Horserace Rapids, another solid Class II that canters for the frothy length of three football fields. Boulders are ubiquitous, as are reputable standing waves. You’ll likely need to sponge or bilge-pump your boat by now, unless you’re wearing a skirt or have floatation bags (for an open canoe).

After Horserace the river calms down for two full miles and casually flows south, east, and then southwest to the next run at the 3.5-ish-mile mark, called Twenty Day Rapids. (In between is nothing but boulders, small islands, and a beautiful landscape of unspoiled nature.) Twenty Day comprises at least three pitches, the first being short but fairly fast and steep. Catch your breath, for then comes the second pitch, loaded with boulders and ledges up the wazoo. At the end of these rapids is a prominent rock ledge on the left that makes for a cool hangout space.

Once more, the river calms down for 3.5 miles until the next rapids. Here, large islands interrupt the Wolf’s flow. It’s a pretty landscape, but if you’re on the lookout for the inconspicuous access at Herb’s Landing (on the right bank), you’ll be constantly wondering/worrying “is this it?” or “did we miss it?”

After about a mile past Herb’s you’ll soon come upon the first of two footbridges signaling Boy Scout Rapids, a long exhilarating run of Class II-III rapids. If in doubt, get out and scout on the right (or portage, although keep in mind it’s a long schlep over uneven terrain with hills and rocks and trippy tree roots – and not the psychedelic kind). The bridges also signal the 8-mile mark in this 10-mile journey. We got out to scout along the feint but fairly established path on river-right. From what we’d read, we were prepared for these rapids to be pretty intense. At half a mile-long, Boy Scout provides a pretty wild ride. There are a couple of eddies to catch – and catch your breath – but not many. In the event that something goes awry, well, it’s an unfortunate place to go for a swim. Indeed, to quote from the classic Whitewater, Quietwater, “It is a long rapids with no special visibility problems, but because of its length, rescue can be difficult following an upset.” But don’t just take the Palzers’ word on that…

On our way back from portaging one of our kayaks past all the hairy stuff, we saw two paddlers come down – the same couple we’d seen scouting Gilmore’s Mistake earlier in the day. The woman, who had the same model, even color, as Timothy’s Dagger Katana, rode down the rapids just fine. Smart girl, she was wearing a spray skirt. Her male companion behind her was not, and we watched him pitilessly take on more and more water until his boat sunk further and further down, too heavy and unwieldy to steer anymore – with nothing but additional Class II rapids downstream. So he capsized and lost both the boat and paddle. We scampered downriver hoping to snag one if not both, but each time we clambered to the outer banks to assess the situation, everything remained stubbornly midstream. This went on for minutes: everything would float on by, then we’d book it into the woods up and down like leaping deer, past trees and over rocks, then find an opening on the bank only to see that nothing was nearby without venturing into the rapids ourselves (which we actually did, but still to no avail). Over and over. Finally, his boat got pinned against a boulder and stayed in place, and the dude swam over to it and was able to dump out the water. Better still, his female companion had admirably grabbed his paddle while still managing the rapids on her own. Also, to the guy’s credit, he floated downriver on his back, feet up and forward. We share this tale solely for the sake of caution. If you too flip and go for a swim, don’t try standing up, as the river here is notorious for foot-pins that will ensnare you.

There are two footbridges across the river about a quarter-mile from one another, part of the Boy Scout Camp located here. We took our time at these rapids, in part to savor the experience, in part because it was intimidating, and in part to capture it from two different camera angles: from the bow of a boat looking out and from the bridges above looking down. One of the reasons why our video for this trip is longer than our normal format is to convey the unique experience of such continuous rapids action, and “Boy Scout” is a case in point.

Things will slow down for about half a mile before and following an abrupt right-bend in the river with some of the biggest boulders yet. Then Hanson’s Rapids come roaring in, another set of robust Class II+ whitewater in two pitches comprising a third of a mile full of splashy waves and surf spots. We learned from the seasoned folks we’d met while leaving a vehicle at Herb’s Landing that Hanson’s Rapids is the site of an annual slalom course competition called Buttercup that’s been going on for more than fifty years. I may not have the full quote right, but we learned something along the lines of, “The river teaches you how to float in a boat, but slalom teaches you how to paddle.”

Once more, and for the last time, the river will quell after Hanson’s for nearly a full mile to the next rapid – the biggest on this trip (and foreshadowing what lies further downstream in the rowdiest segment of the Wolf). But before that you’ll pass the bridge at County Road M, where there’s a dedicated DNR landing on the downstream side, river-right. (Incidentally, it’s worth noting that this is the first and only bridge in this 10-mile trip.) Lax quietwater, a couple riverside houses, and some scrubby islands, prevail until the fulsome roar of Gilmore’s Mistake Rapids, a no-joke Class III with huge waves and weird holes to watch out for. It’s easy to get out or scout, as an unusual but quite beautiful rock shelf extends from the left bank (behind which is an equally aesthetic amphitheatre setting below the supper club (forever memorialized as Wild Wolf Inn… but rebranded as Crab n Jack’s. Gilmore’s features easy-to-read chutes and lines along with impossible-to-anticipate humongous waves that were truly in both the literal and figurative sense awesome: intimidating as hell but also fun as all get-out.

The landing is on river-left around a small left-bend after the big waves, to a sandy beach that’s down a road down a small hill from the supper club. You’re not supposed to have your own vehicle down there, as it’s a popular place for outfitters. Instead, you’re to schlep your gear up the hill to the parking area above – a small token to pay for the price of admission.

What we liked:
We loved everything about this trip. The rapids are the showstopper, to be sure, but it’s the cumulative experience – quietwater pools along with the hair-raising and harrying waves; scrubby islands along with buxom boulders; wide, slow swaths along with tapered flumes running breakneck over bedrock.

Also, but for maybe half a dozen buildings total, there is no discernible signs of development along the banks in all of this trip (and as mentioned above, but one bridge).

This was our third consecutive day running the Wolf River, and on all three occasions we never saw anyone else on the water (true, the weather was somewhat crappy, but the river was on the rise and the air temps were at least 50 degrees). This is quite rare, finding such sumptuous solitude on a river as vaunted and venerable as the Wolf. But at the same time we loved the companionship of having Allison and Will for most of our trip, as well as the forged camaraderie of the other paddlers we’d met while leaving Allison’s car at Herb’s Landing.

There are few things in life that thrill me as much as paddling rapids (says Timothy). As a white, straight male living in a liberal small city in the American Midwest, I’m really never concerned about my safety or feel threatened. Whitewater (or “lightwater”) humbles me to my core. It is a sought after exercise in getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Or, to borrow from Brené Brown, “to lean into the discomfort.” It scares me shitless, frankly, but I feel like a million bucks afterwards. I even feel good about it in the event that I’m really humbled and capsize, for at least I faced an anxiety. This is not an endorsement for risky behavior, but more of a risk management of challenges we set for ourselves. (It also probably helps that I don’t have a wife or children, and that I know that someone will take care of my dog in case something goes really south.)

Also, we have to mention that our campsite at Boulder Lake was no more than ten minutes away from Gilmore’s Mistake. The shuttling was some of the easiest we’ve ever been indulged by. We can’t recommend this enough. It was fabulous.

What we didn’t like:
Logistically, Herb’s Landing is a pain to find from both the road – there is no sign indicating it – as well as the river – where, again, there is no sign. Why it’s so inconspicuous beats me.

Emotionally, I’m sorry (re: not really sorry), but it’s a damn shame that the new ownership of the Wild Wolf Inn changed its landmark name to Crab n Jack’s. Furthermore, after we got off the river and loaded up the car, we walked into the restaurant and asked the bartender when the kitchen would close. (It was a Sunday night in late-September, but the Packers were playing the Sunday night slot.) She told us 9pm. We went back to our campsite, changed our clothes, had a post-paddle/pre-game beer, and returned before kickoff around 7:45, whereupon she told us that the cook had called it a day and was gone. What?!? Even though she knew we were returning? Even though it was a Packers’ game Sunday night?

If we did this trip again:
Essentially, we wouldn’t do anything different – that’s how much we enjoyed this trip. You could shorten it by taking out at Herb’s Landing – or putting in there – but only if you didn’t have enough time to paddle ten miles. (Also, the downside to Herb’s Landing is it’s hard to find from the road as well as the river, plus it forfeits the exhilarating run of Boy Scout Rapids, Hansen’s Rapids and Gilmore’s Mistake.) It would be interesting to paddle this trip at different levels (lower and higher) to have a better baseline, but we feel ridiculously lucky to have caught it when we did.

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Related Information:
Wolf River I: Lily to Langlade
Wolf River II: County Road A to Lily
Wolf River III: Lily to Hollister
Wolf River IV: Hollister to Langlade
Wolf River V: Langlade to Markton
Miles Paddled Video:
Lily to Hollister (2015)
Miles Paddled Video: Lily to Hollister (2020)
Miles Paddled Video:
Hollister to Langlade
Camp: Boulder Lake Campground
General:
American Whitewater
General: Riverfacts
Guide: Wisconsin Trail Guide
Outfitter: Bear Paw Resort
Wikipedia: Wolf River

Miles Paddled Video:


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Fond Du Lac River: West Branch

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

Fox River (Green Bay Tributary)

Fox River III
3.1.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 33 to County Road O

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

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

Fox River (Illinois River Tributary)

Fox River II
3.15.20 | ☆ ☆
Waterford to Burlington

Fox River I (IL)
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 III
5.11.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Chaffie Hollow Road to Potosi Point Recreational Area

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

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 (Florence County)

Pine River III (Florence): "The Oxbow"
7.6.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road N to Oxbow Take Out

Pine River II (Florence)
7.5.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Chipmunk Rapids Campground to Goodman Grade Road

Pine River I (Florence)
7.3.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway 139 to Chipmunk Rapids Campground

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

Popple River

Popple River
7.4.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Newald Tower Road/Forest Road 2159 to Highway 101

Prairie River

Prairie River III
6.19.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road J to County Road C

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

Rattlesnake Creek

Rattlesnake Creek
09.13.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
North Andover to Highway 81

Red River

Red River
9.28.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
12.9.12 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Lower Red Lake Dam 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: "The Upper & Lower Dells"
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: "The Lower Dells"
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 V
9.27.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Langlade to Markton

Wolf River IV
9.26.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Hollister to Langlade

Wolf River III
9.25.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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
5.31.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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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