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Little Maquoketa River
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Little Maquoketa River

Graf Park to Durango: A trip rich in potential but poor as dirt in reward, this upstream clip of the Little Maquoketa River can only be done at higher water levels (unless you enjoy getting in and out of…

Neenah Creek
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Neenah Creek II

Oxford to County Road A: With steady, reliable flows, water that’s cold and clear as gin on the rocks, a sinewy stretch through a marshy area, some tight turns and occasional obstacles of the wooden variety to keep you awake,…

Pine River Waushara County
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Pine River (Waushara County)

28th Court to Poy Sippi: An appetite for trying as many Pine Rivers in Wisconsin as I can, and a mild late fall day, led me to this rarely explored river segment. Though offering few standout memories, it has…

Platte River
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Platte River V

Indian Creek Road to The Mississippi River: A relaxing “lake paddle” on the Platte River to the Mississippi is a great way to spend an evening enjoying nature’s creatures, the sounds of the wonderful outdoors, or enjoying a cold beverage while…

Fox River
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Fox River III

Highway 33 to County Road O: For all intents and purposes, this trip is the first chapter in the epic story of the historic Fox River in Wisconsin. Beginning at the famous portage that gave a city (and county)…

Dorn Creek
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Dorn Creek

Touring Dorn Creek: A perfectly pleasant wetlands paddle that is predominantly surrounded by public land, Dorn Creek makes for an easy, tidy trip – without need for shuttling, even – that’s great for early morning before chores, a cocktail…

Wisconsin River
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Wisconsin River XVIII

Al Tech Park to West River Drive: A fun and scenic trip featuring terrific accesses and excellent wildlife, together with a tranquil drift that’s fit for beginners, this overlooked section of the Wisconsin River has a lot to look…

Turtle Creek
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Turtle Creek II

O’Riley Road to Sweet-Allyn Park: Upstream from the most fun and interesting stretch of Turtle Creek lies a wooly (but not wild) trip on a rather wide and slow stretch. This quiet excursion (aside from some highway noise) is…

Scuppernong River
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Scuppernong River

Highway 106 to County Road D: A birder’s paradise and paddler’s quagmire, this section of the Scuppernong is part of the Glacial Heritage Area and might be of interest to silent sport enthusiasts. Well, except when a jon boat…

Wisconsin River
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Wisconsin River XVI

Lake DuBay Dam to County Road HH: An often overlooked section of the mighty Wisconsin River, this trip doesn’t offer the rapids further north or the rock outcrops and wooded bluffs down south, but it does reward the paddler with…

Plover River
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Plover River III

Shantytown Road to Jordan Park: A long daytrip that’s not without its perks – wild-feeling woods, abundant wildlife, a boisterous boulder garden, spooky floodplains, gorgeous water clarity, and fun sandy undercut banks – but this stretch of the Plover…

Mill Creek
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Mill Creek (Richland County)

Crossover Road to Highway 60: A run-of-the-mill name for a stream that you’ve likely never heard about – this obscure curiosity offers two distinctly different paddling environments and conditions in only six miles: the first half open and pastoral,…

Little Platte River
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Little Platte River II

County Road O to Banfield Bridge Recreation Area: This trip on the hitherto unexplored lower Little Platte River will reward paddlers with swift riffles and stunning rock outcrops in the beginning, a wild sense of solitude in the middle…

Pecatonica River Dodge Branch
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Pecatonica River: Dodge Branch

Sunny Ridge Road to Banner Road: An intimate stream hidden in plain sight buffeted by bluffs, rolling hills, and exquisite rock outcrops, with many riffles and diverse wildlife, this obscure branch of the Pecatonica River system offers a lot…

Token Creek
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Token Creek II

Token Creek Preserve Park to Daentl Road: A pleasant, intimate quietwater trip that starts in a beautiful bubbling natural springs environment with a couple quick riffles, then meanders about a spooky but cool landscape of dead trees, and then…

Platte River
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Platte River I

County Road E to County Road A: An extremely pretty trip with more bluffs and cliffs than you could shake a stick at – including what may well be the most striking sheer-faced rock wall on the Platte, rivaling…

Spring Creek
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Spring Creek II

Lee Road to Veterans Memorial Park: A breathtaking trip visually, surrounded by a picturesque glaciated valley of rugged rolling hills, virtually all of which is public land, the aptly named Spring Creek here in the gorgeous Lodi Marsh is fed…

Sheboygan River
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Sheboygan River V

Sheboygan Broughton Marsh County Park to Kiel: An odd duck of a trip if there ever was one, this section of the Sheboygn River begins below one dam and ends above another, with a big ‘ole flatwater, cattail-lined marsh…

Pecatonica River
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Pecatonica River V

Pecatonica River Nature Preserve to Trask Bridge Forest Preserve: A simple paddle that’s as pleasant as it is dull, where merely being on the water is more important than the surrounding landscape or fun rapids. This short jog on…

Waupaca River
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Waupaca River V

Riverview Park to Reek Road: We’ve paddled the Waupaca many times but never have we explored the section from downtown to Reek Road, which is the furthest access point one can paddle to before reaching the stagnant waters of…

Badger Mill Creek
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Badger Mill Creek

Old County Road PB to Highway 69: With a lot of deadfall, climbovers, duck-unders, tree dodging, cow dodging, shallow spots, several very low cattle gates and a 100-yard tunnel, this trip isn’t for everyone. That said, for the courageous paddler,…

Little Sugar River
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Little Sugar River

Schneeberger Road to Albany: A pleasant trip that begins in dense floodplain woods, courses though meadows within a wildlife area, and then skirts some rock outcrops before meeting up with the “big” Sugar River in a braided network of…

Pecatonica River Mineral Point Branch
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Pecatonica River: Mineral Point Branch I

Oak Park Road to County Road O: A short but lovely jaunt that begins wonderfully and rewards the paddler with several glorious bluffs, exposed rock outcrops, as well as some riffles, but ends in a tangled obstacle course of…

Sugar River West Branch
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Sugar River: West Branch

Fritz Road to County Road PB: A beautiful paddle through beautiful countryside, this trip guarantees a few hours of complete alone-time through some above average Southern Wisconsin locales. Be prepared though, because due to its lack of popularity, you’ll…

Waupaca River
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Waupaca River IV

Weyauwega to Decker Memorial Park: On the last leg of its journey before its eventual meeting with the Wolf River, the Waupaca River’s last few miles will appeal to those who appreciate quietwater paddling and the tempered excitement of…

Crystal River
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Crystal River III

Little Hope to Shadow Lake: A very short trip down the last (realistically) paddleable section of the wonderful Crystal River is sparse on unique features, scenery or excitement, but it’s still a pleasant afternoon trip, or a dessert to…

Yahara River
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Yahara River I

Veterans Memorial Park to Windsor Road: Adventurous paddlers will enjoy paddling the headwaters of the Yahara River, because at the right levels, it’s swift, riffly and just a whole lot of fun. Expect some deadfall but also expect to…

Ahnapee River
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Ahnapee River

Forestville to Algoma: The Ahnapee River is a flatwater paddle in a wide, sometimes marsh-like estuary – perfect for silent sport enthusiasts. Dammed at Forestville it gently winds its way to its ultimate destination with Lake Michigan. With a convenient…

Piscasaw Creek
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Piscasaw Creek I

Maxon Road to Streit Road: A rarely paddled but really pleasant trip that travels through prairie and farmland in Northern Illinois, Piscasaw Creek, a tributary of the Kishwaukee River, is a wonderful option for beginners or Southern Wisconsin paddlers looking for…

Oconomowoc River
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Oconomowoc River II

Wisconsin Avenue to Fowler Lake Park: A pleasant, alebeit short trip, that goes river-lake-river-lake along stunningly clear water in a mix of opulent development and natural wetlands. Dams and additional lake paddling prevent adding to this trip upstream or downstream for…