Browsing Tag

Wisconsin

Miles Paddled Rutabaga
News

Miles Paddled at Rutabaga Paddlesports

Hey all, we’ll be spending the evening of November 9th, at Rutabaga Paddlesports in lovely Monona, Wisconsin, to talk about the book, the website and paddling in general. The fun starts at 6 and here are the rest of the details:…

Willow Creek
★ ★ ★ ★

Willow Creek

Highway 58 to Dog Hollow Road: A scenic trip that’s as thrilling as it is serene set in the gorgeous Driftless country of Richland County. The best that Willow Creek has to offer the paddler is here, beginning with…

Little Sugar River
★ ★ ★

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…

Feature

Yahara River Full Moon Paddle

Mud Lake to Lake Kegonsa: Out first ever full-moon paddle on the next to nonexistent current of the Yahara River between lakes Waubesa and Kegonsa. The sizeable width of it makes for a great landscape to dabble in paddling…

Pecatonica River Mineral Point Branch
★ ★ ★

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
★ ★ ★

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…

Crystal River
Paddle Guide

Crystal River Paddle Guide

As anyone who regularly reads Milespaddled.com would know, we love the Waupaca area for canoeing and kayaking. There’s an appeal there that we just can’t resist, and the Crystal River is one of those reasons. It’s a river that’s…

Menomonee River
★ ★

Menomonee River II

Pilgrim Road to Frontier Park: A despicable section of an otherwise wonderful river on account of its multiple logjams and difficult portaging. While there are some charms to this trip – clear water, a couple rapids, enclosed tree canopies…

Sugar River
★ ★ ★

Sugar River XII

White Crossing Road to Valley Road: A random lark of a trip that was part accidental, part intentional, mostly to scratch a curious itch about the upper Sugar River in conjunction with crazy-high water levels, this jaunt won’t be…

Little Platte River
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Little Platte River I

Old Lancaster Road to County Road O: A return trip to one of our favorite paddles anywhere in southern Wisconsin, this time to make good on unusually high water levels after some significant rain only a few days prior.…

Flambeau River North Fork
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Flambeau River: North Fork II

9 Mile Creek Landing to Dix Dox Landing: The north fork of the Flambeau River is famed for its beauty, abundant wildlife and trips that offer varying degrees of difficulty from flatwater to Class II whitewater. The Nine Mile…

Menomonee River
★ ★ ★ ★

Menomonee River I

Frontier Park to Jacobus Park: A unique urban paddling trip that is surprisingly natural and preserved, featuring a ton of riffles and Class I rapids. There are several caveats, however – notoriously low water levels, two of the most…

Cherokee Marsh
★ ★ ★ ★

Cherokee Marsh

Touring Cherokee Marsh in Dane County: Quietwater enthusiasts love Cherokee Marsh for its abundant wildlife and acres of no-wake water. On various days in the marsh, you might spot sandhill cranes, geese, ducks, bullfrogs, eastern painted turtles and carp…

Fond Du Lac River
★ ★ ★ ★

Fond Du Lac River: West Branch

Highway 23 to Lake Winnebago: The rarely traveled Fond Du Lac River is an undiscovered gem that can and should be run at higher levels for a wildly frisky and fun paddling trip. It’s best for the intermediate paddler…

Milwaukee River
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Milwaukee River VIII

Estabrook Park to Bruce Street: A return to one of our favorite river trips, this final section of the Milwaukee River offers a unique mix of environmental and urban with sights natural and human-made along the way. The higher…

Oconomowoc River
★ ★ ★ ★

Oconomowoc River III

Monches to Okauchee Lake: A wild and wooly trip that offers a wonderful diversity of paddling platforms from boulder gardens, glacial moraines, wooded forest, floodplains, rapids and lakes, this is an awesome but little known segment of the Oconomowoc…

Moon Lake
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Moon Lake

Touring Moon Lake in Marquette County: A beautiful little lake surrounded by a lot of solitude, a quiet float atop its tranquil waters will be sure to restore your spirits. By Sheila from Waukesha A Miles Paddled contributor Rating:…

Crystal River
★ ★ ★

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
★ ★ ★

Yahara River IV

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…

Allen Creek
★ ★ ★ ★

Allen Creek

Highway 59 to Highway 104: A very pleasant paddle through a mix of marsh, meadows, woods and savanna, with very little development along the way and outstanding wildlife. Accesses aren’t great, but they’re doable. Allen Creek is a fairly…

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…

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…

Fools Flotilla
News

Fools’ Flotilla 2017

On June 11th, we participated in the 7th Annual Fools’ Flotilla, an event created to bring awareness to the (great) work that the River Alliance of Wisconsin does. Timothy volunteered to help keep boats in line while Barry, Emilie and…

Prairie River
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Prairie River II

County Road C to Stange’s Park: The Prairie begins as a swift, narrow trout stream that flows through rolling hills as its gradient decreases through lowland prairie. There is plenty of quiet water to catch one’s breath in between…

Morrison Creek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Morrison Creek II

Cemetery Road to Pettibone Pass: Clear to root beer-hued water in a near-wilderness state forest with no development whatsoever, a non-stop parade of rapids up to and including one challenging Class II-III ledge, and an astonishing mix of granite boulders…

Sugar Creek

Sugar Creek II

Bowers Road to State Road 120: Unquestionably, the single worst, most disastrous “trip” in Timothy’s tenure of exploring the obscure by kayak, this paddling debacle incurred 13 portages around fallen trees and low-clearance bridges in under two miles, getting…

Ahnapee River
★ ★ ★

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…

Sugar Creek
★ ★ ★ ★

Sugar Creek I

County Road ES to Bowers Road: A truly charming stream that meanders through wetlands and past tree-topped hilly moraines, with outstanding wildlife sightings, only minor obstructions, and a palpable feeling of escaping the everyday world – up to and including (or…

News

A Paddlepalooza Thank You

We wanted to give a huge thank you and shout-out to Bill for hosting the first ever Paddlepalooza at the Malt House to benefit the River Alliance of Wisconsin. We had a great time, met some wonderful people, sold some…

Oconomowoc River
★ ★ ★

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…