We hadn’t paddled the O Bridge for several years because of flooding, bridge rebuilding, and the pandemic. On a surprisingly warm October afternoon, we decided this was just the place to go.
Set your GPS to intersection of County Highway F (Fox River Rd) and County Highway O, Endeavor, WI
This time we opted to turn right (under the bridge) because it is upstream and we were curious as to what has been happening to the fishing shanties and trailers.
It was painful at first paddling into the setting sun – we were totally blinded at times. Once the sun was below the tree line and on the way back facing away from the sun, it was easier to enjoy the scenery. We had the river all to ourselves except for the wildlife which seemed more lively than we expected.
We didn’t paddle very far due to having to get off the river before it got dark. We turned around after about 1.5 miles. This 3-mile paddle took about 1.5 hours.
The flow: 703 cu ft/sec at Fox River gauge at Princeton USGS 04073365 – close to median flow for this date.
Herons, turtles, cranes, kingfishers, red wing blackbirds, and jumping fish. There were bird sounds all around us!
Also see our previous post for more photos of this Fox River paddle