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Wisconsin

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…

Badfish Creek
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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.…

Wisconsin River
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Wisconsin River XVII

Touring the Blue Heron Island Loop in Portage County: A circumnavigatory exploration of the backwaters and archipelagic cluster of wild islands surrounded by civilization, this trip is a perfect example of finding adventure (and solitude) in your own backyard,…

Black River
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Black River IV

River Avenue to Riviera Avenue: A gorgeous and largely undeveloped stretch of the beloved Black River, this trip features some of the best “lightwater” rapids anywhere on the Black with two separate stretches of mile-long and half-mile long Class…

Horseshoe Island
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Lake Michigan: Horseshoe Island

Touring Horseshoe Island in Door County: There are a lot of opportunities for paddling in Door County, but here’s a great half-day destination paddle to a crescent-shaped island that offers a short hike, as well as prime fishing within…

Pewaukee River
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Pewaukee River

Koepp Park to Bluemound Road: Here’s an example of a one-star paddle that’s given leniency only because of its potential (you’re about to hear that word a lot in this report), and because it was written up in a guidebook…

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…

Plover River
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Plover River I

Jordan Park to Iverson Park: One of the best examples of “finding adventure in your backyard,” this last segment of the Plover River through Stevens Point makes for a wonderful day trip through a mix of floodplains, tall sand…

Bark River
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Bark River VI

Sugar Island Road to Atkins-Olson Memorial Park: Quite possibly the prettiest part of the Bark River, with crystal clear water, lush sand and/or gravel bottoms, a mix of marsh and woods with pines, tamaracks, oaks, this scenic trip packs…

Wedges Creek
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Wedges Creek II

County Road B to Rouse Road: An extraordinary gem of a stream quietly tucked away in the paddling playground of the Black River Falls area, Wedges offers a little bit of everything: clear water, occasional riffles, a handful of…

Black River East Fork
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Black River: East Fork II

Steponik Road to Overguard Road: A beautiful and almost entirely undeveloped swath of classic central Wisconsin landscape featuring tall pines, root beer-hued water, and modest granite outcrops, this section of the Black River’s East Fork is characterized by calm…

Lulu Lake
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Lulu Lake

Touring Lulu Lake in the Kettle Moraine State Forest: Take a lake to find another lake, a secret lake, one that’s surrounded by public land in the Kettle Moraine State Forest and protected as a state natural area, this little…

Bark River
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Bark River V

County Road E to Hagedorn Road: A two-for-one trip that demonstrates the admirable diversity of the understated Bark River, featuring a classic river-lake-river pattern through a mostly undeveloped landscape, the paddler can do these segments as two separate trips…

Beaver Dam River
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Beaver Dam River Video: Cotton Mill Park to County Road J

This section of the Beaver Dam River begins as an exhilarating urban paddle before quieting down towards the outskirts of town amongst suburban development, then narrowing again and alternating between wooded corridors, farmland and finally to a wider, almost…

Canoecopia 2019
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Canoecopia 2019 In Review

Canoecopia 2019 is behind us and yet again, it didn’t disappoint. Timothy gave four excellent talks on two different topics, which rest assured, were equal parts educational and entertaining. He also sold and signed a bunch of guidebooks –…

2019 Canoecopia Show Guide
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2019 Canoecopia Show Guide

Canoecopia 2019 is upon us and this year’s Show Guide is available for download here. This year, we’ll be keeping busy throughout all three days of the event. Not only is Timothy giving three talks on two different topics, but we…

Pecatonica River East Branch
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Pecatonica River: East Branch VII

Highway 78 to River Road: A long overdue redux trip on an excellent stretch of the East Branch of the Pecatonica River that is easy for beginners, poses minimal obstructions, and rewards the paddler with truly terrific scenery and…

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,…

Pecatonica River Mineral Point Branch
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Pecatonica River: Mineral Point Branch II

Lake Ludden to S. Oak Park Road: A truly peculiar but unique branch of the Pecatonica system, this trip offers an obstacle course around strainers, some fun light rapids, and several stretches of gorgeous geology in a serene setting.…

Platte River
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Platte River VII

Coon Hollow Road to Ellenboro: Virtually nonstop riffles and splashy rapids together with rolling hills and rock outcrops galore make this the most beautiful and fun section anywhere on the Platte River. Catching it with enough water is tricky,…

Menomonee River
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Menomonee River III

Mayfair Road to Jacobus Park: The Menomonee River seldom runs high enough for paddling, but after plentiful rains it served up perfect conditions. Riffles, wave trains, a bit of flatwater, enough obstacles to make it interesting, and a few…

Manitowoc River
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Manitowoc River II

County Road S to Manitowoc: A really fun daytrip along the meat-and-marrow of the Manitowoc River, with small boulders, continuous stretches of Class I-II rapids, a mix of bottomlands and steep wooded banks, and very little development for miles…

Flambeau River North Fork
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Flambeau River: North Fork III

Highway W Landing to Flambeau Lodge Landing: After long hearing rumors of how great paddling on the Flambeau River was, it’s been a trip high on my must-visit list. And those rumors were indeed true – it didn’t disappoint.…

Manitowoc River
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Manitowoc River I

County Road JJ to County Road S: A truly pleasant little jaunt that packs a heckuva lot of punch in only 7 miles, this section of the Manitowoc River begins quietly through tranquil farm country then races along fun…

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…

Beaver Dam River
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Beaver Dam River III

Cotton Mill Park to County Road J: A section of the Beaver Dam River that begins as an exhilarating urban paddle before quieting down towards the outskirts of town amongst suburban development, then narrowing again and alternating between wooded…

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…

Blue River
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Blue River I

Bluff Road to Shemak Road: A swift, intimate trout stream meandering through soaring hills and sweeping vistas (not to mention some of the biggest boulders in the Driftless Area, the Blue River is a beguiling gem in southwestern Wisconsin.…

Kinnickinnic River
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Kinnickinnic River II

River Falls to Kinnickinnic State Park: Hands down, one of the cleanest, clearest, most beautiful and exhilarating rivers to paddle in all of Wisconsin, the “Kinni” is just incredible, as it swiftly wends its way around one stunning bluff…