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La Crosse River
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La Crosse River III

Veterans Memorial County Park to La Crosse: A unique mix of urban and undeveloped – but always bluff-framed and beautiful – this last section of the La Crosse River goes out with a commanding performance before quietly slipping into…

Black River
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Black River III

Melrose to North Bend: One of the best sections anywhere on the lower Black River, this trip features miles of lush sandy beaches (perfect for picnics or overnight campouts), a sense of sheer wilderness and being away from it…

Mirror Lake
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Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake State Park to Lake Delton: One of the prettiest lakes in Central Wisconsin, Mirror Lake, located just outside of the Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton area, offers a diverse and scenic paddling experience not often found in a lake…

Mill Creek
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Mill Creek (Portage County)

Robin Lane to West River Drive: Mill Creek, a tributary of the Wisconsin River, located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is a light-whitewater creek that should only be paddled when water levels are up. Surrounded in a classic Central Wisconsin environment, this section…

Montello River
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Montello River

Harrisville to 11th Road: The Montello River near Harrisville, is a paddle suited for those who enjoy classic Central Wisconsin streams, come what may, (including a healthy amount of deadfall) and where part of the challenge is part of the…

Galena River
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Galena/Fever River III

The Galena River, north of Benton, is a classic southwestern Wisconsin stream, often framed by bluffs on one side and cow pastures on the other...…

Onion River
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Onion River I

County Road V to Sheboygan Falls: The Onion River, a tributary of the Sheboygan, is a delightfully enjoyable run when the rare opportunity to paddle it presents itself. Almost definitely a spring trip, or after heavy rains, the Onion worth is waiting for those…

Root River South Branch
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Root River: South Branch I

Highway 5 to Preston Trailhead Park: A truly beautiful daytrip whose incredible attributes outweigh its detractions, (nonstop riffles and light rapids in trout stream-clear water past stunning bluffs with exposed rock outcrops vs. many portages around downed trees and ducking…

Bois Brule River
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Bois Brule River II

Bois Brule Landing to Copper Range Landing: A fun, scenic trip that begins at one convenient state forest campground canoe launch and ends at another, with light rapids at each as well, this is probably the most ignored section of…

Billings Creek
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Billings Creek

County Road F to Landing 10: This may be the best little Wisconsin driftless creek nobody’s ever heard of (well, save for a couple). It’s scenic, intimate, swift and envokes a sense of discovery because, save for the occasional trout fisherman,…

Kawishiwi River
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Boundary Waters: Kawishiwi River

Kawishiwi Lake to Lake One: A quintessential canoe country trip that any paddler or outdoors lover should experience at some time in her life, the Boundary Waters is a special place that offers many rewards – an unspoiled landscape,…

Coon Fork Creek
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Coon Fork Creek

County Road CF to County Road G: Two outstanding streams in one trip, beginning with an exhilarating series of Class I-II rapids in a narrow mini-gorge that is true creek paddling at its finest, and then finishing in the…

Eau Claire River
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Eau Claire River II (Eau Claire County)

Harstad County Park to County Road K: A truly enchanting daytrip that begins and ends with rapids and features mile after mile of sandy banks (including two that are magnificently tall), a gazillion sandbars, tiny islands, pine trees and zero…

Maunesha River
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Maunesha River I

Marshall to Firemen’s Park: A return trip to mark an anniversary of sorts, this second time around was even prettier and less difficult than the first. Great wildlife, a surprisingly scenic landscape, fantastically fun moving water and a thrilling…

Pigeon River
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Pigeon River

County Road J to Lake Michigan: A true gem of a stream, the highlight of which is its endless riffles and playful current. Add to that a pretty environment with lovely moraine hills, numerous public parks and one of…

Waupaca River
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Waupaca River III

Amherst to Durrant Road: A trip from hell (for me personally) but a real treasure for most paddlers featuring sparkling clear water, countless swift riffles, plus a couple of rapids, stupendously big boulder gardens, steep hillside banks and decent…

Namekagon River
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Namekagon River

County Road K to Riverside Landing: Crystal clear water, good current, great wildlife, dozens of free campsites along the way to provide for fun multi-day trips, and all set in a very wild-feeling environment because of minimal development, the…

Wolf River
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Wolf River IV

County Road A to Lily: A mostly fun and pretty trip on what can be described as the dress rehearsal of the famed Wolf River rapids further downstream, this stretch is mostly quietwater with a couple notable exceptions. Just…

Kickapoo River West Fork
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Kickapoo River: West Fork

County Road S to Highway 56: The West Fork of the Kickapoo is a “river” by name only. This is very much a creek and creekers will love this lively and twisty section which shares distinct similarities to not…

Kickapoo River
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Kickapoo River III

Highway 131 to Ontario: With water clarity as stunning as the sandstone rock outcrops before and above you, this “path less paddled” of the otherwise extremely popular Kickapoo River will dazzle newbies and delight old hands alike who sensibly…

Black River
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Black River II

Hatfield to Black River Falls: Combining two trip types into one full day of paddling – the first a couple fists of adrenaline-inducing rapids through rugged granite rock outcrops, the second a calm palm of relaxed water but no…

Trappe River
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Trappe River

County Road WW to Wisconsin River Road: A fun and scenic jaunt on a lesser known segment of an already hardly known tributary of the Wisconsin River just northeast of Wausau, this short trip is satisfying in every sense.…

Milwaukee River East Branch
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Milwaukee River: East Branch II

New Fane to Kewaskum: An exceptionally pretty section of the awesome East Branch of the Milwaukee River, this trip picks up where the last one left off. It has less swift water and less of a rugged feel, but…

Milwaukee River East Branch
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Milwaukee River: East Branch I

New Prospect to New Fane: A smorgasbord of a paddle featuring a variety of landscapes in less than eight miles. Ranging from woods to meadows to lake to swamp to rugged hills and rapids, this outstanding trip does have…

Zumbro River
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Zumbro River

Zumbro Falls to Millville: The Zumbro River is a fun, occasionally riffly and easy-going paddle that cuts through the distant wooded bluffs of the beautiful Zumbro River Valley. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Trip Report Date: June 1, 2015 Skill…

Cannon River
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Cannon River I

Faribault to Dundas: A visit to one of the staples of Bluff Country, the Cannon River offers a variety of beautiful sights, including limestone cliffs, outcrops and a stunning old gristmill to end the trip. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆…

Fox River
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Fox River II

County Road O to Endeavor: A trip that has its pretty moments but is also monotonous and slow, with virtually no current since the river starts to sprawl out into a huge lake near the takeout. That said, it…

Waupaca River
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Waupaca River I

County Highway Q to Brainards Bridge Park: Riffly, woodsy and wonderful, this section of the Waupaca is popular due to its proximity to the city but also because water levels are usually favorable to paddle it all season. With…

Black Earth Creek
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Black Earth Creek III

Cross Plains to Black Earth: A section of the beautiful Black Earth Creek that’s a lot of fun if you like a little adventure and can manage a whole lot of obstacles. By Denny Caneff A Miles Paddled contributor…

Sugar River
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Sugar River VII

Brodhead to Avon: A surprisingly interesting and isolated stretch with a lot of sweet scenery and a couple unique features found nowhere else on the Sugar River, this long(isn) trip can be broken in two by using the convenient…