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Tomorrow-Waupaca River Paddle Guide

By on April 20, 2018

A classic central Wisconsin river, the Tomorrow-Waupaca serves a two-for-one treat for paddlers seeking small intimacy with swift current through a rural countryside or big, lazy float trips in…

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Bois Brule River Paddle Guide

By on February 24, 2018

If you close your eyes and imagine two paddlers from a bygone time in a canoe that’s either lumberjack-red or pine tree-green floating down an intimate copper-colored clear stream…

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Crystal River Paddle Guide

By on August 29, 2017

As anyone who regularly reads would know, we love the Waupaca area for canoeing and kayaking. There’s an appeal there that we just can’t resist, and the Crystal…

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Sugar River Paddle Guide

By on September 10, 2016

Clocking in around 90 miles long, the Sugar River is one of the more prominent streams in southern Wisconsin. Despite its name, the Sugar isn’t always so sweet. Just…

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Mecan River Paddle Guide

By on August 1, 2016

If there’s one stream in southern Wisconsin that is a paddler’s paradise, it’s the Mecan River. Starting at a pretty lake fed by natural springs, the river meanders for some…

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Turtle Creek Paddle Guide

By on April 2, 2016
Turtle Creek is a real gem in southern Wisconsin. Popular with locals but for some reason mostly unknown to outsiders (which is probably just fine by the locals), there’s a lot to love about this pretty stream...
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Baraboo River Paddle Guide

By on March 20, 2016
Approximating 120 miles in length, the Baraboo River is recognized as the longest free-flowing river in the country that has been restored after the removal of its many damns. That alone is a pretty cool fact...
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Black Earth Creek Paddle Guide

By on February 19, 2016
Even before I ever stepped foot in a kayak, I’d been curious about Black Earth Creek. There it is, zigging and zagging along Highway 14 as you head west from Madison towards Cross Plains, then Black Earth and finally Mazomanie (usually on one’s way to Spring Green or places yet beyond)...
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Yahara River Paddle Guide

By on December 16, 2014
Clocking in at 62 miles long, the Yahara River has three identities: the upper, the chain of lakes and the lower...
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Badfish Creek Paddle Guide

By on September 15, 2014
Over the course of the 2014 summer, my goal was to paddle as much of Badfish Creek as possible. I managed to complete the creek from Rutland Dunn Town Line Road (just east of the Village of Oregon) to North Casey Road (between Cooksville and Edgerton off Highway 59) on different day paddles throughout the summer. I didn’t run each of these segments individually but they’re broken down into segments to help tailor your trip (most of the time I combined segments to make longer trips)...