Eau Claire River North Fork
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Eau Claire River: North Fork (Eau Claire County)

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December 13, 2020

Hamilton Falls Canoe Landing to Canoe Landing Forest Road
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A relatively obscure jewel of a trip set in a truly beautiful landscape that is as rugged as it is rewarding, the North Fork cuts through a borderland of northern glaciated and southern Driftless, past spectacular outcrops of granite and sandstone alike. Along the way are wonderful low-hazard rapids and pleasant hills while surrounded by a wild environment thick in county forest free from any development. The downsides? Accesses are a little tricky and good water levels are frequently inadequate. But putting up with inconvenience and having patience for rain will pay off in paddling dividends.

Date:
October 23, 2020

Skill Level: Intermediate
Class Difficulty: Class I-II  (with one Class II “falls” at the put-in that can be run or skipped outright)

Gradient:
~10′ per mile

Gauge:
n/a
Gauge Note: The best check is whether it has rained a measurable amount in the previous couple of days. In the absence of a gauge, the only reliable way of determining water levels is eye-balling the riffles above and below the bridge at Channey Road. If the river looks runnable there, you’ll be set for this trip. On the other hand, if it’s Scrape City, you’d be best to save this for another day and paddle the main Eau Claire River instead, which should have regularly reliable water levels.

Recommended Levels:
We recommend this level.

Put-In:
Hamilton Falls Canoe Landing off Hamilton Falls Road, Boyd, Wisconsin
Take-Out:
Canoe Landing Forest Road, Augusta, Wisconsin

Time: Put in at 2:15p. Out at 5:00p.
Total Time: 2h 45m
Miles Paddled: 7.75

Wildlife:
Bald eagles, wood ducks, kingfishers and hawks

Shuttle Information:
12.1 miles – most of which lies on dirt-gravel forest roads that will be unnerving to non-negotiable in vehicles without at least AWD, and possibly unpassable without 4WD after a hard rain. It’s a long shuttle, too, since this trip is surrounded by county forest; there just aren’t many roads or shortcuts.


Background:
The Eau Claire River begins, at least in name, where the North and South Forks meet, not unlike a wishbone. From there the mainstream flows for approximately 40 miles until meeting the mighty Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire. This then begs asking that perennial question of stream nomenclature: what constitutes a fork or branch ? Along with the timeless wonder of what makes a river a river and a creek a creek, the assignation of places has as much to do with history and whimsy as it does anything remotely scientific – accident and incident alike. We’ll let this sleeping dog lie, as it’s kept philosophers and scholars alike burning candles long into the night for lo these many years now.

Also, now seems as good a time as any to make sure we’re all on the same page here knowing that this Eau Claire River is the one in the namesake county and not to be confused with the Eau Claire River in Marathon County or in Douglas County.

Like so many streams, we have Meister Mike Svob to thank for putting the North Fork on our plate in the first place. In the classic guidebook, Paddling Southern Wisconsin, under the first trip he lays out for the main Eau Claire River he also offers a postscript about the North Fork, the South Fork and even Coon Fork Creek (which we paddled back in 2016). Specifics are scant, but he recommends a segment from Hamilton Falls to the landing at Eisberner Memorial Park as “pleasantly narrow, winding, riffly, and isolated,” all of which is spot-on. Upon further review, both the topo and satellite maps showed great promise: thick, lush swaths of deep green forest and no signs of civilization abound with beguiling bumps indicating hills and steep banks. Thus the North Fork quickly became a solid prospect in the list of trips trick tucked under our sleeve. It was only a matter of time – and timing – to make it happen.

We stuck with the basics on this trip by putting in at Hamilton Falls and taking out at Eisberner Memorial Park, a distance just shy of 8 miles. There are several additional options to make this trip longer, but we kept it simple since it was cold (32 degrees and sleeting), we had no idea what we’d encounter (down trees/portages?), and daylight is a precious commodity come late October (and we had a nearly 2-hour drive to do after we were off the water).

Overview:
Paddlers have two options for launching a boat – above or below so-called Hamilton Falls (a bedrock drop that’s about 3′ tall). But before we get to that, first we have to get to Hamilton Falls itself, which requires something akin to an article of faith or at least perseverance. You’ll turn south on Hamilton Falls Road from County MM. Then you’ll see a sign for Township Memorial Park on your left, but go past that siren-song, as it won’t be of any help relative the river. Eventually, you’ll come upon a gate, which appears to be a portal beyond which only ATVs may enter, but keep on keeping on – I swear this is legit. For shortly after that, following a little zig here and zag there, you’ll see a big sign on the left that reads “Hamilton Falls Canoe Landing” with a short driveway leading down to a surprisingly spacious parking area adjacent to the water. From the turn-off at County MM, it’s approximately 2.25 miles to this canoe landing.

Hamilton Falls lies 300′ downstream from the landing. Alternatively, if you don’t want to run the Class II ledge here, then look for one or two feint footpaths down the steep banks below the drop. Unload your gear here, schlep with a careful step, and then park your vehicle at the official landing so as to keep the road/trail free.

Hamilton Falls is an essentially simple one-and-done drop down a 3′ ledge. The only trickiness to it is that it lies on a diagonal – the river bends gently to the right then left. So, on the far right side (outside bend) lie a couple curler waves that could easily flip a boat, while the left side (inside bend) is shallower and prone to exposed rocks. Goldilocks lover that I am, I ran it center-left, and it was fine. (Skilled, nimble paddlers can try their luck in a side channel on the far left side, where there’s a less precipitous drop; but it’s very narrow and more sinuous a meander in pretty peppy current, so good boat control is a must.)

But hang on! That ain’t all. Naively, after running the falls I immediately ran aground a sandbar to “gear down” (removing my spray skirt and helmet). Well that would prove to be wet mistake that we’d endure for the entire trip thereafter, for there’s a wavy Class I+ rapids only 600′ downriver that gave us a brisk and not entirely welcome lap-full of water on this 32-degree day! Lesson learned.

Before we venture too far downstream, the surrounding landscape deserves a shout-out of utter adulation. Gentle hills and steep banks abound and surround the river, some teeming with natural springs coming from who knows where, rushing at the willed mercy of gravity through the woods. The environs will change some downriver – subtle shifts in geological features ranging from exposed bedrock to swaths of sandbars and then a spooky but cool floodplain bottoms near the confluence with the South Fork – but nowhere on this trip will you see a house, cabin, farm, or factory.

Indeed, the first half of this trip – Hamilton Falls to Channey Road – is entirely surrounded by public land aptly named the North Fork Eau Claire River State Natural Area, which the DNR describes as a “relatively wild reach” that “contains several rare aquatic invertebrates.” What are these critters? Don’t know. But it goes on to mention that “the cliffs and steep-sided terraces harbor many more rare to uncommon plants and animals.” Such as? Again, no further info. Finally, it states “these types of natural communities have received little recognition for their ecological reference attributes in the past.” We’re always sorry to hear about ecological reference attributes receiving scant recognition – I mean, who isn’t? Maybe this little paddling blog can help give the area the shout-out it deserves. We saw several bald eagles and wood ducks, and the river itself is a touted place for muskellunge, walleye, and smallmouth bass (aka muskies, wallies, and smallies, for those who actually fish). Additional wildlife encounters by other paddler-scribes include hooded mergansers, deer, and otters.

On average, the river is approximately 60-70′ wide, which is the aforementioned “pleasantly narrow” Mike Svob ascribed. When it meanders, it generally does so in broad bends – meaning that there many stretches of straightaways that comfortably accommodate a pod of paddlers (while still feeling like an intimate stream). Similarly, a handful of easy but no less noteworthy boulder gardens with Class I+ rapids lie here and there.

A little ways after a mile you’ll hear and then see a very attractive tiny creek tumble down a rockbed on the right, behind which is a quaint bridge over it along the ATV/snowmobile trail that runs parallel to the river. (A word about that: in theory at least, one could use that trail for the shuttle, which would cut that distance (and time) down in half. But I don’t know how legal that is in a non-ATV vehicle, to say nothing of whether it’s even doable – probably in a truck or Jeep, maybe in a high-clearance AWD, don’t even think about it in a front- or rear-wheel drive.)

About a half-mile after that you’ll come upon a positively dazzling rock outcrop on the left bank at the base of a small knoll flanked by stately pines. Comprising hints of pink and lichen-green, this garage-sized chunk of granite is beautifully fissured and wizened with wide-spanning cracks like a wrinkled palm. A quarter-mile later you’ll pass under a set of power lines. Just below that is an inconspicuous side channel on the right around a rather large island. Short stretches of frisky riffles follow.

After some straightaways, the river will meander more tightly left-right-left, the current picking up as it does so. You’ll hear rapids, and what follows is an extraordinary scene where a castle-size rock outcrop of staggering granite looms over on the right bank while the left bank is flat and totally sandy. Leading up to this is an exhilarating stretch of Class I rapids. The whole thing is as fun as it is beautiful. We got out here to poke around and play; you should, too. It’s quintessential west-central Wisconsin, that beguiling borderland between the glacial retreat and never-glaciated Driftless area – hence granite being cheek by jowl with sand. Now, some of that sand is glacial outwash, sure; but this part of the county (and state) lies on that periphery all the same. It is a study in contrasts, a geological yin and yang, and it’s just gorgeous. Just be mindful of paddling away from the giant rocks while navigating the rapids.

Another elegantly sinuous curve with brisk current leads you to the one and only bridge on this trip at Channey Road (aka Channey Forest Road). Located some 4.5 miles downriver from Hamilton Falls, it marks a distance a little more than halfway to the take-out. It’s certainly accessible as a put-in/take-out for paddlers looking to begin or conclude a trip here. It’s also the most reliable visual gauge, from the bridge, of river levels. Immediately below the bridge is a huge pool of water called Knights Pool, created by what I’m not entirely sure (sand deposits?). Consider this: the river width leading to the bridge is 50’ wide, but at the pool it’s 200’ wide. On the right side of a large flat island is a pleasant steep sand bank. It’s worth noting here that from this point on the landscape changes: gone are the granite outcrops and most of the gentle hills; in their stead is sand, sand, and more sand. It’s very cool and unique to see such a stark contrast in transition all while on one river trip. Indeed, it reminded me of Morrison Creek in many ways (which, all things considered, is not too-too far away).

While the surrounding landscape changes downriver from the bridge, the current itself doesn’t – you’ll be treated to untold stretches of short Class I rapids like a flourish of goosebumps and raised hairs on your arm following an unexpected wind. The river itself meanders more in this second “half” of the trip than upstream of Channey Road, which naturally adds to the brisk current. Abounding these meanders are wild and ragged sandbanks, some as steep as 20′ high. Downriver still but before the confluence at the S. Fork, you’ll make an abrupt right-hand turn then pivot gently left along the tall right bank that’s composed of a woody, mossy mix spiked with pines at its crown, towering at least 30′ above the waterline. It’s one of the prettiest features in this section of the trip.

A few more squiggly zigzags precede the S. Fork, enter stage left. As alluded to earlier, where these two forks merge is the creation myth/conception/fill-in-the-blank metaphor of the Eau Claire River proper. It’s both kind of cool and kind of surreal to see another river come into view, the two blending together in at least an emulsification of nomenclature, and suddenly you’re on a river that is neither one but something altogether “new,” half hocus pocus and half abracadabra. To be sure, that’s a bit of an affectation – it’s just a merging – or emergence – of another body of water. But here it’s more nuanced, for neither fork is truly a tributary of the other, which means too that neither has a mouth. Thus, perhaps marriage is more apt: the N. Fork and S. Fork come together as one and from there become something else marching on with bashert after the wedding.

It’s a lovely location, arguably a sacred place, for like a bride and groom both forks are damn near identical, with a low grassy bank on one side and sandbars on the other, each the perfect reflection of the other in a kind of geographical chiasmus – the S. Fork receiving the bountiful brawn of the N. Fork’s reach of brawny bounty.

From this inception it’s about 0.75-mile to the take-out. (So, maybe more a shotgun wedding…) While the mainstream Eau Claire has now in effect doubled, it’s subtle. The notable change is it’s a deeper river; there’s twice as much flow now. For at the elopement of the forks, each is about 50′ wide, whereas downriver the mainstream is only 70ish’ wide. (That will change, the river swelling more, on its way to the Chippewa.) Anyway, this last leg is as fun as it is beautiful, with peppy Class I rapids punctuating here and there, some weeping seeps and natural springs, towering conifers along wild, undeveloped banks. Even the landing, which is dedicated and official, is rugged and hardscrabble. Be on the lookout for it on river-right, for it sneaks up on you and is easy to miss on account of its inconspicuous nature in cahoots with the peppy current. Not unlike the put-in, the road that leads to this landing is a dirt-gravel-sand composite, with gnarly ruts carved by yahoos tearing hell for leather in pickup trucks. You’re in the heart of a county forest, so it would be a hell of a spot to get a car stuck. It was entirely fine in my little Cub Scout Subaru, but non-AWD and/or lowe-clearance vehicles might have a trickier time here.

What we liked:
This trip is just truly wonderful in so many senses, offering a kind of perfect pitch of pay-attention moments in Class I+ rapids along with float-and-loaf pools; gorgeous geology in totally unexpected places – including that dazzling and unique dichotomy between glaciated granite and unglaciated sandstone outcrops; and a palpable feeling of wild surroundings. You’d want to have some paddling experience under your belt before boating this trip – especially in cold water/weather. And no newbie should ever consider this trip in high-water. But at safe conditions this trip really offers a sense of adventure.

On a more sentimental note, this trip ended up being our first winter paddle of the 2020-2021 season – even though it was only one month and a day after the fall equinox. Originally, we’d planned on a paddling-camping weekend for the weekend before this (as well as the weekend before that), bumping it back further and further on account of crappy weather forecasts and assuming/hoping (wrongly) that eventually the weather would get better. (It did – in November.) We knew what we were in for on the day of this paddle (not to mention the next two days’ trips), but after this very weird year of all things Covid, and spring, summer, and what felt like two weeks of autumn, seeing snow again (and paddling in 30 degrees) was quite lovely. It made me chuckle, too, for my last winter paddle of the 2019-2020 season was on the Eau Claire River in Marathon County. So this Eau Claire River winter paddle made for a charming circle-round of continuity.

What we didn’t like:
As far as paddling goes, nothing; we loved this river and feel very fortunate to have paddled it when we did. The only thing we didn’t like is the shuttling. We regret when paddle trips are somewhere between impossible and imprudent without a car or truck to do the logistics in between the put-in and take-out –  especially when said vehicle ought to be an AWD or 4WD. But that’s just how it is for this trip. The reward for that is a landscape blissfully bereft of development. But the “hidden fee” is the extra work it’ll take to get there. Worth the price of admission? You betcha.

If we did this trip again:
We definitely will be coming back to the North Fork; we had such a fun time on this trip! On this occasion I used my crossover kayak mainly because it seemed like the better vessel to run Hamilton Falls in, but also because I knew that the next two day trips during this last paddling junket of a long autumn weekend I’d be in a canoe – so why not use the kayak here since I took it up in the first place? But the next time the North Fork is on my plate I’ll be in a canoe, because it’s a perfect environment for canoeing – pleasantly narrow, swift, and surrounded by forests in the shadow of the mighty Chippewa River.

Really though, the only thing we’d do differently is elongate the experience by putting in further upstream, before Hamilton Falls, and/or continuing further downriver to the County Road G bridge, where we ended our fabulous paddle down Coon Fork Creek many moons ago.

OK – and maybe paddle the river in weather warmer than 32 degrees while overcast and sleeting…

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Related Information:
Wikipedia: Eau Claire River (Chippewa River)

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7.4-7.5.18 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Highway W Landing to Flambeau Lodge Landing

Flambeau River: North Fork II
7.22.17 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
9 Mile Creek Landing to Dix Dox Landing

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

Fond Du Lac River: West Branch

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

Fox River (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

Pine River (Waushara County)

Pine River (Waushara)
11.9.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆
28th Court to Poy Sippi

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 III
10.24.20 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
County Road W to Colfax Park

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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