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Little Wolf River
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Little Wolf River II

Ness Road to Big Falls: A return trip to one of our favorite paddles, this time with a twist – adding a previously unknown segment to the popular route – the upper Little Wolf River simply is a must for…

Covel Creek
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Covel Creek

East 18th Road to Highway 71: A trip as breathtaking for its continuous rapids as for its stunning scenery, Covel Creek is simply, paddling bliss. Even if it’s out of the way (from Madison) and offers less than ideal access at…

Big Bureau Creek
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Big Bureau Creek

Red Covered Bridge Park to County Road 1150: After years of waiting for the right levels, we finally got a taste of Big Bureau Creek. Wider than expected, this run was riffly, swift and altogether interesting. It was a…

Eau Claire River
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Eau Claire River I (Eau Claire County)

Lake Altoona Dam to Hobbs Landing: A surprisingly scenic stretch with great wildlife and geology surrounded by an urban environment, catch the Eau Claire at a high water level and awesome 2’-tall standing waves form for what may well…

Grant River
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Grant River II

County Road U to Chaffie Hollow Road A revisit to the Grant River, this trip was a perfect example of how perspective shifts as time goes by, for what had initially felt somewhat anticlimactic years ago today felt like…

Platte River
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Platte River II

County Road A to Platte Road: A glorious trip with nonstop riffles and rapids, spectacular cliffs, bluffs, rock outcrops, lush pastures and no obstructions, this hitherto unknown section of the Platte is worth the minor inconvenience of the put-in…

White River (Walworth)
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White River I (Walworth County)

Sheridan Springs Road to Lyons: A delightful jaunt on a very pretty river with two distinct temperaments – placid and slow, frisky and fun – surrounded by a predominantly unspoiled landscape. The only deterrents are this trip often is…

Wedges Creek
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Wedges Creek I

Middle Road to Riviera Avenue: Wedges is yet another Black River Falls creek that you’ll want to add to your bucket list. This brief 4.25-mile run makes for a great half-day adventure or add another few miles of Black…

Morrison Creek
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Morrison Creek

Cemetery Road to Morrison Landing: On clear water in a near-wilderness environment with zero development, an endless array of light rapids as well as one challenging Class II+ pitch, approximately one gazillion boulders, stunning rock walls with weeping seeps and…

Pine River (Lincoln)
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Pine River (Lincoln County)

Center Road to County Road W: Hands down, this was the single most fun and exhilarating run of whitewater we’ve ever experienced. This brief but beautiful and exhilarating segment of the Pine River is an absolute must. Non-stop Class…

Turtle Creek
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Turtle Creek IV

School Section Road to O’Riley Road: A truly outstanding trip that will win the hearts of newbies and seasoned paddlers alike due to the surrounding scenery and river environment itself, with numerous access points to shorten or lengthen the…

Milwaukee River
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Milwaukee River V

Grafton to County Highway T: Simply an exhilarating ride down the rapids of the Milwaukee River surrounded by beautiful limestone and dolomite dells and multiple islands that braid the main channel, this is a great trip for light whitewater…

Crystal River
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Crystal River II

Marl Lake to Shadow Lake Road: If you haven’t paddled the Crystal in a few years or never navigated the lakes leading to the headwaters, you now have every reason to reintroduce yourself. With the added miles of some…

Lake Columbia
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Lake Columbia

Touring Lake Columbia in Columbia County: A human-made lake containing the discharge water to cool off a coal-fired energy plant, this surreal pool of super-heated water (around 70 degrees warm even in the dead of a Wisconsin winter) provides…

La Crosse River
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La Crosse River II

Highway 108 to Veterans Memorial County Park: A perfect little trip if you have only an hour or two to paddle. Whether together with your morning cup of coffee before a long boring day of errands or with a…

Trempealeau River
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Trempealeau River II

Highway 35 to Perrot State Park: An easy trip surrounded by a national wildlife refuge that finishes with one of the absolute prettiest backdrops of Mississippi River bluffs. Set one after the other in such dramatic fashion, it’s easy…

Yellow River
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Yellow River (Taylor County)

Miller Dam to County Road H: An absolutely wonderful trip that begins in a beautiful and secluded section of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, below its namesake flowage, with nothing but miles of undeveloped scenery and forests that lead to…

White River
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White River (Bayfield County)

Maple Ridge Road to Highway 112: A swift moving and narrow stream in northern Wisconsin whose energy is as relentless as its surrounding beauty of tall clay banks, light rapids, utter solitude from the human world but chance companionship…

Lake Superior Sea Caves
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Lake Superior: Sea Caves

Touring the Sea Caves of the National Lakeshore in Bayfield County: Very likely the most beautiful sea kayaking experience anywhere in the state of Wisconsin, the National Lakeshore girding the northern tip of the Bayfield Peninsula is blessed with…

Lake Superior Houghton Point
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Lake Superior: Houghton Point

Touring Houghton Point in Bayfield County: A fun, brief trip on the big lake past attractive sandstone rock walls to a beautiful protected state natural area that you can paddle into a cove enclosed within a mini-canyon (and depending…

Wausau Whitewater Park
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Wausau Whitewater Park

Wausau, Wisconsin: The premier whitewater park in Wisconsin, (and one of the finest, if not the best, in the Midwest) this place is an absolute pleasure chock full of paddling camaraderie. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Trip Report…

Carroll Creek
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Carroll Creek

Point Rock Park to Jacobstown Road: In terms of the most mind-blowing bang for your paddling buck, this is probably the best creek I’ve ever been on, anywhere. Seriously. Constant riffles, a fun Class II ledge in the beginning,…

Upper Iowa River
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Upper Iowa River I

Chimney Rock Road to Bluffton Road: Add one part swift water to umpteen parts spectacular limestone cliffs, rock walls, undulating bluffs and a generous heaping of pretty wrought iron bridges, mixed with a couple cups of springs and you…

Big Rib River
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Big Rib River

Goodrich to County Road A: Beginning with a bang and ending on a whimper, this section of the Big Rib River offers an exhilarating trip fit for experienced paddlers featuring a spectacular Dells section with challenging whitewater, root beer-hued…

Catfish Creek
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Catfish Creek

Mines of Spain to Massey Marina Park: A combination of flatwater, intimate creek within a city park and Mississippi River paddling amongst barges and big bluffs, Catfish Creek is an interesting adventure. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Trip…

Yellow River
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Yellow River II

Old Sixteen Road to Highway 76: A quintessential Driftless river blessed with swift, riffly water, gorgeous rock outcrops, rolling hills and superb wildlife, that begins in a private campground with RVs and ends at the Mississippi River past Effigy…

Yellow River
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Yellow River I

Highway X16 to Old Sixteen Road: A quintessential Driftless river blessed with everything you could hope for: swift, clear, riffly water, gorgeous rock outcrops, rolling hills and superb wildlife. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Trip Report Date: May 5,…

Platte River
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Platte River III

Platte Road to Big Platte Road: This segment, the crème de la crème of the Platte, is second to none with riffles and small rapids the entire stretch, sweeping bluff vistas and great rock outcroppings in the beautiful Driftless…

Wisconsin River
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Wisconsin River V: “The Upper Dells”

Lyndon Station to Wisconsin Dells: Gorgeous sandstone bluffs, huge rock walls, labyrinthine islands, slot canyons, nooks, crannies, caves and tourist kitsch; this paddle just about has it all. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Trip Report Date: October 13, 2013…