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Wisconsin

Crystal River
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Crystal River I

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

Manitowish River
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Manitowish River

County Road W to Highway 47: A quintessential northwoods narrative known not for its rapids or granite boulders, but rather its soft features and easy float, this classic paddle on the Manitowish River is a natural delight for slow-flow…

Big Rib River
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Big Rib River II

County Road A to Rib Falls: There’s something unassuming and subtle, but really engaging about this somewhat-secluded section of the Big Rib River. With many modest outcrops and plenty of gentle riffles, it makes for a scenic and fun…

Tomorrow River
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Tomorrow River

Nelsonville to Amherst: This short but popular section of the Tomorrow-Waupaca River located in Central Wisconsin is an easy-going paddle that begins as a charming and woodsy small-stream paddle at the put-in, and then transitions to wide marsh-like environs…

Lake Superior Sand Island
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Lake Superior: Sand Island

Touring The Apostle Island’s Sand Island: Truly a stunning and scenically spectacular paddle unlike anything I’ve had the good fortune to experience, the trip out to and back from Sand Island (originally named Waabaabikaa-minis in Ojibwe) – part of…

Chippewa River
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Chippewa River

Dunnville to Durand: Combining the tail end of the Red Cedar River with a lower segment of the Chippewa River, this trip makes for a quintessential loaf float for a lazy summer day. While it’s not as scenic as…

Kickapoo River
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Kickapoo River IV

Plum Creek Road to Wauzeka: An easy, pretty, and primitive trip, this final stretch of the meandering Kickapoo is not endowed with the spectacular rock outcrops and canyons as found in the popular Ontario to La Farge section –…

Deerskin River Video
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Deerskin River Video

For your viewing pleasure, here’s our Deerskin River video which captured one of the more unexpectedly delightful paddles of 2021. It’s a mostly undeveloped river that gently meanders through classic northern Wisconsin landscape over crystal clear water, a sandy bottom…

Grant River 2021 Video
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Grant River Video: Short Cut Road to County Road U

Best paddled in spring when the foliage is less dense to expose more of its stunning features, this section of the Grant River has long been one of our favorite Wisconsin driftless paddles. The usual riffles and rock formations…

New Wood River Video
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New Wood River Video

New Wood River is a short lightwater trip which is quite delightful when running. With constant riffles and occasional Class I waves, it’s best considered a companion run to others in the area due to its short length. (Adjust to…

Mill Creek Richland County
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Mill Creek II (Richland County)

County Road E to Dam Lane: A very scenic stretch of a truly obscure stream, this trip on Mill Creek begins quietly in a beautiful swath of Driftless hills and finishes in a white-knuckled tumble down tricky rapids. Water…

Six Mile Creek
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Six Mile Creek II

Touring Lower Six Mile Creek: A delightful little jaunt in the Madison area, the lower half of Sixmile Creek offers a pleasant respite without the commitment of a long drive or shuttling (it’s a there-and-back outing), plus a wide…

Embarrass River Middle Branch
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Embarrass River: Middle Branch

County Road Q to River Road: As wild and wooly a ride as I’ve ever had, this stretch of the Middle Branch of the Embarrass River features exhilarating sequences of Class II rapids through obstacle courses of down trees…

Willow River
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Willow River

Highway 64 to Willow River State Park: I want to avoid the “hidden gem” cliché here, but I won’t in singing the praises of this delightful stream with so much to offer, on the exurban edge of the Twin…

Fisher River
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Fisher River

260th Avenue to Brunet Island State Park: There’s potential enjoyment on the part of the Fisher River that conjoins the Chippewa within the boundary of Brunet Island State Park. If you’re a list-maker of rivers you’ve paddled (I admit…

Deerskin River
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Deerskin River

Deerskin Road/Forest Road 2199 to Rangeline Road: The Deerskin River is a wild and mostly undeveloped little gem that gently meanders through classic northern Wisconsin landscape over crystal clear water, a sandy bottom and around occasional glacial erratic boulders. It’s…

Wisconsin Aquatic Invasive Species
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Invasive Species Alert: Protect The Places We Paddle

By Jeanne Scherer Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist UW Madison Division of Extension, Natural Resources Institute With the discovery of two more invasive species found in Wisconsin waters, we thought it would be a good time to share the…

Grant River
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Grant River I

Short Cut Road to County Road U: When it comes to Wisconsin driftless paddles, the Grant is as captivating as they come with its twists, turns, riffles and rock formations. However, there’s currently one big caveat and by big, we…

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,…

Black River Video
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Black River Video: Halls Creek Landing to Roosevelt Road

Here’s some more video of a recent return to a previous trip on the Black River that combines two distinctly different styles of paddling. This second section from Halls Creek Landing to Roosevelt Road is a calm paddle on relaxed water…

New Wood River
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New Wood River

County Highway E to Tesch Road: A short northcentral Wisconsin lightwater trip, (made even shorter due to the closure of the once popular put-in just upstream from this ad hoc access point) the New Wood River is wildly appealing…

Black River
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Black River VI

Highway 73 to Willard Road: Two-for-one fun combining primitive-feeling creek paddling with the bigger but still rugged Black River, this outstanding trip is blessed with easy accesses and multiple options to shorten or elongate your time on the water…

Eau Claire River
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Eau Claire River III (Eau Claire County)

Big Falls County Park to County Road QQ: A nearly wild setting with wooded hills, steep banks, and solitude surrounds the Eau Claire River here in one of its quieter, often over-looked segments. Quieter, that is, after you leave the…

red river
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Red Cedar River Video: County Road W to Colfax Park

We captured some one of the prettiest stretches of the Red Cedar River which features many stunning hills and hollows with exposed rock outcrops. This trip is great for beginner paddlers and those just looking for a relaxing day…

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…