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Canoeing and Kayaking (Mostly Southern) Wisconsin
Canoeing and Kayaking (Mostly Southern) Wisconsin


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New Paddle Report: Pecatonica River
Pecatonica River Nature Preserve to Trask Bridge Forest Preserve
November 15, 2017 | ☆ ☆ ☆

A simple paddle that’s as pleasant as it is dull, where merely being on the water is more important than the surrounding landscape or fun rapids. This short jog on the big, broad, muddy Pecatonica begins and ends in two forest preserves with great accesses and has no obstacles or obstructions between. Because it’s short and easy, it makes for a fine trip for kids, beginners, or just the paddler looking for quiet time on a river.

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Some shots from a November paddle on the Pecatonica River in Illinois.
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Ever wonder what to get the paddler that already has all the gear? Check out our guide to 30 unique (and sometimes bizarre) gifts we found on Amazon.

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New Paddle Report: Pecatonica River East Branch
Hollandale to Horseshoe Bend Road
October 26, 2017 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

A revisit to one of our faves, this time slightly tailored to shorten the trip and double-down on the bluff-lined landscape, this section of the Pecatonica River’s east branch is quintessential Driftless deliciously close to Madison. A riffly current sweeps you past several gorgeous bluffs and exposed rock outcrops – including a truly stunning cliff just before the take-out. Alas, there are at least three portages on account of impenetrable downed trees.

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A return to the East Branch of the Pecatonica.
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New Paddle Report: Wisconsin River
September 4, 2017 | Spring Green to Lone Rock
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An easy, straightforward, entirely delightful stretch of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway featuring innumerable sandbars, wooded islands, rolling hills and even an exposed sandstone rock wall. Great accesses at the put-in and take-out make for an all-around great little day trip.

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We just wanted to share a quick thank you to all who turned out last week for our talk at Rutabaga Paddlesports, as well as the awesome staff who made it happen and made us feel at home.

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New Paddle Report: Waupaca River
Buchholz Road to County Highway Q

October 10, 2017 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

A long section with a generous mix of good and bad – the pluses being swift current, clear water, giant boulder gardens, attractive tall banks and great accesses; the minuses being notoriously shallow conditions and numerous obstructions (submerged rocks, strung wires and a whole lot of downed trees) – this stretch of the Waupaca River should neither be underestimated nor taken for granted… nor ignored, as it can be a truly rewarding time for an experienced paddler.

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New Paddle Report: Plover River
Esker Road to Bevent Drive
September 23, 2017 | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

A chance encounter with some fellow paddlers led to a wonderful discovery. This often-paddled, but well-kept Central Wisconsin secret, is an exceptional day trip for paddlers with some experience under their belt. With convenient access points, countless riffles, mild rapids and amazing boulder gardens, it’s quite possibly the best of the upper Plover River (though we surely have more of it to explore) and is certainly special enough to warrant a spot at the top of your to-do list.

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Some shots from a Central Wisconsin gem, the Plover River.
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