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2014

Badfish Creek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Badfish Creek III

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.…

Halls Creek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Halls Creek I

Trow Lake Dam to Halls Creek Landing: Halls Creek is one of many excellent paddling destinations in the Black River Falls area. With countless riffles, a few Class I ledges and numerous stunning rock formations that decorate the twists and turns through an…

Peshekee River
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Peshekee River Video

The Peshekee River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, was one of the bumpiest journeys we’ve had but also one of the prettiest with an incredibly pristine and picturesque backdrop...…

Trempealeau River
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Trempealeau River Video: Whitehall to Independence

Here's a look at a pleasant (and sandy) stretch of the Trempealeau River starting in Whitehall, Wisconsin. As it gently flows through coulee country on its way to the Black River, the Trempealeau is short on excitement but sometimes…

La Crosse River
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La Crosse River Video: Sparta to Bangor

This was a long 16.5 miles on the La Crosse (and more than we’d recommend biting off in one day) but it's a beauty of a river and perfectly fit for a couple day trips. It's a difficult task…

14 Best Paddle of 2014
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14 Best Paddles of 2014

We covered a lot of creeks and rivers in 2014. With over 50 trips surpassing 450 miles, we had a hard time choosing our favorites for this year's "Best of" report. That said, in no particular order, here are…

Yahara River
★ ★ ★

Yahara River V

Lake Kegonsa to Stoughton: A short stretch of slow, wide water between Lake Kegonsa and downtown Stoughton that is mostly developed but still pleasant. This makes for a great beginner’s river or after-work float. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ Trip…

Beaver Dam River
★ ★

Beaver Dam River I

Mud Lake Road to County Road G: A quick trip, rich in potential but poor in payoff, this is the last handful of miles of the Beaver Dam River before its confluence with the Crawfish in a sucker-punched part…

Sugar River
★ ★ ★ ★

Sugar River VIII

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…

Yahara River
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Yahara River VI

Stoughton to Stebbensville Road: Half boring and slow, half gorgeous and swift, here the Yahara River feels like it faces a personality crisis – with the latter part of the paddle winning the day in a most glorious manner.…

Black Earth Creek
★ ★ ★ ★

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…

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…

Waupaca River
★ ★ ★

Waupaca River II

County Highway DD to County Highway Q: This section of the Waupaca River is less traveled and therefore, semi-maintained but if you’re in need of a Waupaca fix and you don’t mind dodging a fallen tree or two, this…

Sugar River
★ ★ ★

Sugar River VII

Riverside Road to Paoli: A charming and short stretch quietly nestled in the soft hills and farms of southwestern Dane County, featuring clear water, riffles, pretty stands of majestic oaks, good wildlife, a fun rapid and the button-cute hamlet…

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…

Peshekee River
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Peshekee River

Peshekee Grade to 3 Mile Mark: For sure beauty, the Peshekee is stunning. Nestled in the foothills of the Huron Mountains, copper-hued water flows past towering pines and tangles with numerous gravel beds, rock-cuts and boulder gardens all in…

Jump River
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Jump River

Luke’s Heights Lane to Big Falls County Park: A robust and haunting river on the cusp of the Chequamegon National Forest that features two sets of rapids in short order and riverbanks mostly undeveloped, this trip on the Jump…

Flambeau River North Fork
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Flambeau River: North Fork I

Robinson Landing to Holt’s Landing: The first leg of the mighty and slightly mythic Flambeau River storming out of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage dam, this trip begins with a bang and ends with a whimper while passing through an unspoiled…

Trempealeau River
★ ★ ★

Trempealeau River I

Whitehall to Independence: A truly inviting river that gently flows through coulee country on its way to the Black River, the Trempealeau is short on excitement but sometimes excitement is overrated. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ Trip Report Date: August 16,…

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…

Mormon Creek
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Mormon Creek Video

The seemingly mysterious whereabouts of Oehler Cave is solved. It's been a cave we couldn't stop thinking about from the moment we laid eyes on it. After a less than ideal paddle, we finally uncovered the location of Oehler…

Mormon Creek
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Mormon Creek

Mormon Coulee Park to Goose Island County Park: A quintessential Driftless stream in the heart of the unglaciated hills near the Mississippi River, this creek is strong in potential but weak in payoff. That said, it does have one…

La Crosse River
★ ★ ★ ★

La Crosse River I

Sparta to Bangor: A peppy, super-fun stream that begins around 30’ wide and gradually swells to about 50’. The water here is clear and clean, the bottom sandy and the current quite reputable. In the first five miles of…