Popple River
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Popple River

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September 20, 2020

Newald Tower Road/Forest Road 2159 to Highway 101
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One of the first three rivers to be classified as Wild & Scenic in Wisconsin, the Popple River throbs through the heart of national forest and offers paddlers a splendid mix of calm tranquility surrounded by an undeveloped, natural landscape plus a few adrenaline-spiked rides down Class I-III rapids. Not to mention some of the oldest bedrock in North America, clocking in at 2 billion years old. This trip features the best of the quintessential mid-section of the Popple, downstream from the lowland alder thickets and beaver dams but upstream still from its confluence at the Pine River.

Date:
July 4, 2020

Skill Level: Intermediate (except for the rapids, which are Intermediate/Advanced, or can be portaged around)
Class Difficulty: 
Class I-III

Gradient:
≈ 1-2′ per mile in the quietwater sections, 4-6′ per mile in the riffles, and 15′ per mile in the “falls.”

Gauge:
Popple River: ht/ft: 2.75 | cfs: 132

Recommended Levels:
This is the recommended minimum level. Scraping can be expected in the shallow areas, and the rapids/falls will be bony and require a lot of boulder-dodging to avoid getting hung. Look for at least 200 cfs for a smoother ride for recreational paddling. Whitewater enthusiasts will want a minimum of 400 cfs. Also, there’s a staff gauge at the Highway 101 bridge (this trip’s take-out). Look for a bare minimum of 0.68′ but preferably at least 1′ (which correlates to 100 cfs). Ideal levels are between 1.00-1.60.

Put-In:
Newald Tower Road/Forest Road 2159, Armstrong Creek, Wisconsin
Take-Out:
Highway 101, Florence, Wisconsin

Time: Put in at 1:50p. Out at 7:15p.
Total Time: 5h 25m*
Miles Paddled: 10.25

*Time Note: Admittedly, this is a long time on the water for only ten miles. We did picnic, plus we scouted both “falls” and a couple of the rapids – which we strongly encourage everybody to do as well. The river was very low as well, which contributed to our slacker pace. Plus we were on vacation, with the longest days still on our side, and it was very hot this weekend.

Wildlife:
A million mergansers, teeming songbirds, an otter, a fun toad, deer, kingfishers, dragonflies and lots and lots and lots of flies.

Shuttle Information:
12 miles. Virtually all on dirt-gravel national forest roads which would be an unpleasant workout via bicycle.


Background:
Together with the Pine River, its sibling twin running parallel to the north, the Popple is one of the three original rivers designated as Wild and Scenic and protected by legislative fiat in 1965. (The third is the nearby Pike River.) This law – which today seems like radical activism bordering on “conservation porn” – prevented any development along the banks of these rivers and safeguarded a protected corridor from the water from development as well as various industries the likes of dams or logging. (That said, anything pre-existing 1965, such as cabins, private property, and yes, one big mother of a dam on the Pine, all are grandfathered in.) What’s especially notable about this is Wisconsin, according to Mike Svob, guidebook scribe extraordinaire, was the first state in the nation to pass its own Wild Rivers Act, independent of the federal government.

(We also started Earth Day, kindergarten, coffee breaks, and organized labor – all of which, again, in today’s political climate would be pie in the privatized sky.)

The result is an absolutely admirable nook that nearly has the look and feel of a national park located entirely in one county in northeastern Wisconsin – Florence County. There are designated Wild & Scenic Rivers signs all over the 100 miles of adjacent roads with corresponding places of touring interest, whether that’s a hiking trail to a waterfall or access to a river, not to mention the dozens of National Forest signs for various campgrounds and lakes. (Bear in mind – no pun intended, though there’s a very decent chance you will in fact see bear up in this neck of the woods – that when we say signs “all over the roads” that there really are only five main/paved roads in an area that is some 250 square miles large. The designated Wild & Scenic Rivers swath of land is like a wide rectangle with paved highways at each end and one that runs on a diagonal through the middle.) All the other roads in between are unpaved national forest roads. It’s a rugged place – truly wild and scenic.

By and by, there are three paddle trips on the Popple River, as follows:

Upstream: Highway 139 to Newald Tower Road
Midstream: Newald Tower Road to Highway 101
Downstream: Highway 101 to the Pine River confluence

Mike Svob lays out two trips in Paddling Northern Wisconsin, the first of which begins in the middle of the upstream segment and ends in the middle of the midstream segment, the second of which begins in the middle of the midstream segment and ends at the Pine River confluence. The excellent Wisconsin Trail Guide likewise covers these very two sections of the Popple. If you have two days to paddle the Popple, these are the trips you should do. But, if you have only one day, like us, then you have a dilemma. We recommend the midstream section – which is this trip. Upstream can be tricky with low water levels, thick alders and beaver dams, and mainly quietwater but for a fun Class I rapids. Downstream has two notable Class II-III rapids but a logistical conundrum in accessing a take-out: you must either paddle upstream for a mile on the Pine River to Highway 101 (seven-ish miles downstream from the Highway 101 bridge crossing on the midstream trip) or driving down a notoriously unreliable dirt-mud road right at the confluence). So, either slog for a mile through Upstream Alley or drive down “Dodgy Lane” where you might get stuck and stranded.

Hence the appeal of the midstream trip, which offers excellent accesses and an easygoing balance of serene quietwater, frisky riffles and a few fabulous Class II-III rapids.

Overview:
The put-in at Newald Tower Road/Forest Road 2159 is on the downstream side of the bridge on river-right, where a feint path leads from the road to the river. Just upstream you’ll see and hear the end of an attractive boulder garden that, alas, can be run only by paddling the “upstream” segment of the Popple. It’s nothing to feel sore about; there are boulder gardens galore on this trip. And while the river will look a little wider than you might have imagined right at the bridge, it’s only an aberration; by and by, the Popple’s width on this trip is generally about 40′.

The South Branch of the Popple River will come in on the right only a thousand feet from the bridge. The current is admittedly slow here at the beginning of this trip, but the river environs are positively lovely and picturesque. Root beer-hued water, a sand-gravel bottom, boulders scattered here and there like glacial crumbs, and simply miles upon miles of tree-lined banks with a quintessential northwoods feel. So what if the current is slow? What’s your hurry anyway?

The first glimpse of rapids, and a fair dress rehearsal of what’s to come later on, appears about two miles into this trip. The river will bend to the left and then ease rightward into an attractive Class I boulder garden with a distinct pitch downstream. At the base of this pitch is a Class II rapids that, at low water levels like ours, is parched and laden with exposed boulders making it a tricky and bony run. One of us ran it, while the rest of us heeded the yellow Portage sign on the right and skipped what looked like minimal reward for maximum risk of banging up a boat badly. (Uff-da indeed!) It’s a scenic spot whether you run it or not.

Several long, slow straightaways follow, as well as a couple minor creeks coming into the Popple on river-right. But the scenery is just stunning! Miles of unspoiled landscape with lowlands and wooded banks comprising a mix of deciduous and conifers, big erratic boulders hither and yon. Incidentally, now’s as good a time as any to offer this fun fact: the word “Popple” has two meanings – one is a type of tree (basically the same as a poplar), the other is rapids or choppy water. It’s perfect how fitting both connotations are for this wild and scenic river!

A few handsome cabins will signal the first bridge, which itself marks the approximate halfway point for this trip. Advance apologies for confusion, but the road here is the same forest road as the put-in – FR 2159. The distinction here, however, is this one is better/also known as “Morgan Lake Road.” A rugged boulder garden awaits on the downstream side of the bridge as well as the beginning of various rock outcrops from this point forward, both along the shore and exposed as bedrock beneath the water surface. By and by, the landscape west of here is covered in glacial till, with little signs of exposed rocks. But from here on the river enters a different geological area called the Niagara Fault Zone. Both the Popple and Pine Rivers in this zone are from the Pre-Cambrian Era, dating back some 2 billion years old and making them thus some of the oldest known rock formations in North America.

That might all sound a little stuffy or abstract – no one’s gonna ask to buy you a drink after you begin talking about the Quinnesec Formation of the Penokean Range at the next happy hour. (Well, I would – and not just for the opportune wordplay of asking a geologist if she like her drinks on the rocks.) But it’s much easier to appreciate the show of this rather than the tell of it only a quarter mile downstream from the Morgan Lake Road bridge, where Little Bull Falls plunges over exposed bedrock and dozens upon dozens of boulder gardens in a total run that is a third of a mile long. The so-called “Falls” are of course the most dramatic feature and constitute a respectful Class II-III on the whitewater scale (depending on water volume), but it’s really just a drop of about 4′. Lesser rapids both precede and succeed this drop and demand your attention as well due to their squirrely sequencing and boulder-strewn maneuvering. Scout on the left and/or portage it, where too you’ll pass a gorgeously phantasmagorical, ghostly gray cabin like out of some Viking-era saga nooked away in a fjord or tundra. It’s not for nothing that whitewater paddlers or just those who wish to paddle the “downstream” segment of the Popple begin at Morgan Lake Road.

The banks will rise, many of which will be studded with granite, gneiss and basalt rock outcrops. Additional boulder gardens resume here and there, but long stretches of quietwater prevail as well. The next set of notable rapids comes about 1.5 miles downstream, called Murphy Rapids – good, clean fun at Class I-II, and a ¼-mile-long at that. Likewise, after another quietwater spell of about 1.5 miles, a subsequent set of Class I-II action comes at Nine Mile Rapids (this one even longer). Both of these are plenty intuitive and should pose no problem for paddlers. Now, the same cannot be as charitably extended to the next rapid ¾-mile downstream, Big Bull Falls, a reputable Class II-III (again, depending on water volume) drop that is preceded by 600’ of riffles and Class I’s. As before, look for the Portage trail sign. Both Svob’s book and a DNR periodical affirm that the portage is on the left, but we went right (no doubt because of a sign there telling us to). You should at least scout the so-called “falls” or simply portage around them. A small cedar-topped island splits the river in two channels. Most paddlers opt for the right channel, as it comprises two 3-4′ ledges and typically has more water volume. The left channel also has two ledges, but the first is 6-7′ tall and surrounded by irregularly angled boulders, plus there’s less water volume here, making a clean run difficult and dangerous. Either way, spend a moment here, as it’s one of the prettier waysides along the Wild & Scenic highway.

There’s only ¾-mile remaining before the take-out, and it’s a zippy end to what now feels like an adrenaline-jacked experience (after Big Bull Falls) loaded with riffly fun and Class I boulder gardens. Alas, soon enough the bridge at Highway 101 will appear, signaling the end. There’s a basic landing on river-left about 300′ downstream from the bridge, off a short jaunt from a dedicated parking area.

What we liked:
This river, and this trip in particular, is spectacularly picturesque. Even if you knew nothing of its protected status and unique designation as “wild and scenic,” you’d still know that something special was going on. Most places just don’t look like this! (That they should – and could – is another whole topic.) Blessed are the lawmakers who, being from a very different time, had the vision and courage to set aside their political divisions and protect what is, after all, only paper-thin slivers of land from development and the whining, annoying noise of the internal combustion engine on the water. Given the gallery of rogues in the current State Legislature (indeed, since 2011 especially), where the common notion of the Public Trust doctrine and the Wisconsin Idea have been shoved under the bulldozer and cement mixer of “economic development” and property-owner “rights” – we’re looking at you, Tom Tiffany – bills the likes of a state-designated “Wild and Scenic Rivers Act” would never, ever go farther than a daydream shared between conservationists, silent sports enthusiasts, and sympathetic progressive politicians.

On the one hand, the result is so simple as to be innocent – the river today looks and feels and acts the way it did half a century ago (and arguably as it has for a very, very long time). But on the other hand, access like that to the past and to an almost nostalgic escape from the entrapments of modernity is truly radical. To make an imperfect analogy, while seeing a Packers game in person is a timeless experience (and rite of passage for most Wisconsinites), Lambeau Field itself is a very different place than what it was 50 years ago, to say nothing of the basic rules of the NFL. Naturally, paddling a river is very different. But even a contemporary recreational kayak – which simply didn’t exist in the 1960s – that’s why the old guidebooks refer to canoeing – still acts as a passport to an exotic place which manifests a sense of timelessness.

I’ll stop waxing poetry and politics. It’s a damn pretty place with quiet interludes as serene and picture-perfect as can be in between ass-kicking rapids that’ll make you want to hoot and holler and Yawp from the bellows of your lungs!

It’s an extraordinary daytrip – the intimate width of the river, the hue of its water, its tranquil timelessness, its boulder gardens and rugged outcrops, and of course those challenging, exhilarating rapids.

What we didn’t like:
What… you didn’t think all those good vibes would come without a price, did you?

Let’s get one incidental out of the way: shallow water levels. While we were able to mainly bump and scrape by the shallows, the trip would’ve been way more fun if – say it with me — there had been just another couple inches of water. So, please do yourself a favor and paddle this at least a little higher than our levels. It’s worth repeating: look for a bare minimum of 0.68′ but preferably at least 1′ on the staff gauge at the Highway 101 bridge. Ideal levels are between 1.00-1.60.

There are two main things we didn’t like, plus one thing that disappointed us. The latter was the lack of wildlife – other than a lot of mergansers, the fauna cameo appearances were underwhelming. But that may well have everything to do with the weather: it was hot – in the 90s hot. (Which, perhaps along with the shallow levels, explains why we saw no other paddlers at any point on or off the water, despite it being the 4th of July weekend. As our friend Mitch quipped, “You think this river would be more Popple’r.” Hey-o!) So, the two dislikes were the long and often disorienting shuttle on slow dirt, gravel roads with ambiguous-at-best signage, and the also-slow stretches of flatwater between the fun rapids. For the shuttle, just make sure you have a reliable map with the route clearly on it. (There’s a good chance your phone won’t work out in these woods.) Of the four kayaks we had, three were crossovers, which make for tedious slogs when the current is slack. Certainly worth the price of admission, but a bit of a drag on a ten-mile paddle with a heat index pressing 100 degrees.

If we did this trip again:
Essentially, we’d do everything the same again – other than adding a few more inches of water. We stand by our idiosyncratic trip of combining the best/least complicated sections of the more conventional and publicized segments of the Popple River. This trip offers the best of the best with the least of the “worst.” That said, since we’ve now already experienced the clip between Newald Tower Road and Morgan Lake Road (aka the two FR 2159 bridges), we’d either begin at Morgan Lake Road and continue onward to the Pine River confluence or, wilder still, begin at Highway 101 and paddle down to the WE Energies dam (which would include 22′ La Salle Falls…which we’d probably portage).

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Related Information:
Brochure: Pine and Popple Wild Rivers
Camp: Pine and Popple Wild Rivers
General: Florence County
Guide: American Whitewater (Newald Tower Road to Morgan Lake Road)
Guide: American Whitewater (Morgan Lake Road to Highway 101)
Guide: Wisconsin Trail Guide
Wikipedia: Popple River

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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

Red River

Red River
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 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
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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