Browsing Tag

2012

Red River
★ ★ ★ ★

Red River

Lower Red Lake Dam to County Road A: A revisit to the Red River and redux paddle several years after our initial experience, but this time with better water levels, warmer weather, companionship and a successful run of hair-raising…

Yahara River
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Yahara River VI

Stebbensville Road to Murwin County Park: A wonderfully scenic quietwater paddle that’s perfect for beginners and families, this section of the Yahara River is one of our all-time favorites and one that provides a different experience every time we…

Badfish Creek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Badfish Creek I

Old Stage Road to Casey Road: It’s no secret that we love Badfish Creek, or that this is our absolute favorite paddling stretch near Madison – we’ve directed paddlers to Old Stage Road numerous times over the last decade.…

Robinson Creek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Robinson Creek I

Old County Road I to Kelly Road: Quite possibly the prettiest, most intimate stream we’ve been lucky enough to paddle, Robinson Creek is a dazzling palette of colors – copper, cream, and green – hidden in the hollows and…

Little Wolf River
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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…

Grant River
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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…

Milwaukee River
★ ★ ★

Milwaukee River I

Newburg to Fredonia: A revisited paddle at much more accommodating water levels, Newburg to Fredonia was anticipated to be a little more exciting than it turned out to be but what it did offer was a swift current with…

Waupaca River
★ ★ ★ ★

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…

Kickapoo River
Video

Kickapoo River Video: Ontario to Rockton

One of our favorite kayak trips of 2012 was paddling down the Kickapoo River. Here's what the first part of the journey, Ontario to Rockton (Landing 1 to 12), looked like...…

River Trails of Northern Wisconsin
Gear Review

DVD: River Trails of Northern Wisconsin

River Trails of Northern Wisconsin is the third dvd from Morrall River Films. Although it's a bit of departure in presentation from their first two videos, it provides an invaluable amount of great information and a broad view of…

Prairie River
★ ★ ★ ★

Prairie River I

Haymeadow Creek to Prairie Road: A truly beautiful little river that runs through the rolling hills of Lincoln County, alternating between wooded bluffs and low banks with plenty of pine trees (to make you feel you’re really up north),…

Pecatonica River East Branch
★ ★ ★ ★

Pecatonica River: East Branch I

Highway 78 to Argyle: This section of the East Branch of the Pecatonica River is a tranquil, mostly slow-paced trip past preserved oak savannas, tallgrass prairie, lowland forests, southern sedge meadows and coquettish rock outcroppings in southwestern Wisconsin. Rating:…

Kickapoo River
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Kickapoo River II

Rockton to La Farge: The second of two of the more popular sections offers much of the same wonderfully stunning sand and limestone cliffs and scenery unrivaled and unique to this area of Wisconsin. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆…

Peshtigo River
★ ★ ★ ★

Peshtigo River

Burnt Bridge to Goodman Park: In normal conditions, this stretch of the Peshtigo River is excellent whitewater wonder for intermediate-to-advance paddlers thick in the exclusive north woods of Wisconsin. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Trip Report Date: September 2, 2012…

Kickapoo River
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Kickapoo River I

Ontario to Rockton: After five years, we finally paddled the beloved Kickapoo, an absolutely gorgeous river, flowing through one of the most beautiful areas of Wisconsin. By canoe or kayak, you must experience the paddle from Ontario to Rockton.…

Cave Point County Park
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Lake Michigan: Cave Point County Park

Touring Cave Point County Park in Door County: Cave Point County Park is a great diversion for hikers and excellent for paddlers who happen to be in the Door County area. A there-and-back paddle offers some fun Lake Michigan…

Mink River
★ ★ ★

Mink River

Rowley’s Bay: A very short and peaceful paddle through one of the most pristine freshwater estuaries in the country, the Mink River is a unique diversion to seek out in Door County. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ Trip Report Date: August 16,…

St. Croix River
★ ★ ★ ★

St. Croix River II

Osceola to Somerset Landing: A scenic last stretch of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway that’s surrounded by tall cliffs, rolling bluffs, sloughs, gigantic islands, a quaint retro railroad bridge and the cute-as-a-button river towns of Osceola and Marine on…

Crystal River
★ ★ ★ ★

Crystal River I

Rural to Shadow Lake Road: The Crystal River is just that, crystal clear and it’s as charming as the city of Rural that it flows through. It’s never very deep and you’re never far from civilization so it’s about…

Joby Gorillapod Hybrid
Gear Review

Joby GorillaPod Hybrid

Joby makes a unique tripod they call the Gorillapod. It's essentially a tripod with flexible legs allowing you to wrap it around objects and secure it in unique places ensuring a different point-of-view...…

Joby Gorillapod Hybrid
Gear Review

GoPro HD Hero2

There isn't a whole lot more to say about the GoPro HD Hero2 that hasn't already been said. Specific to what we do, (documenting rivers and creeks) it's the best camera we've used (a ridiculous improvement over the Flip,…

Kishwaukee River
★ ★

Kishwaukee River

Cherry Valley to New Milford: A pleasant paddle in Northern Illinois with publicly protected land just about the whole way, including a gorge towards the end. This trip can be shortened using alternate take-outs. Rating: ☆ ☆ Trip Report…