Pretty, late fall paddle
Started at Trask Bridge and went right upstream. In 5:15. Turn around after 1.5 miles. Out: 6:40. Temperature 70 and sunny.
cfs Freeport 675 slightly higher for median on this date. Do not try upstream above this flow. Current is as strong as we can handle.
No boats. No deadfall. Occasional branches or sticking up. River is wide, no problem going around.
Wildlife: herons, turtle, swallows, woodpecker, geese, duck, kingfisher.
Electronic gates were closed when we drove out but we were able to get them open. whew.
Checked out put-in at Pecatonica River Forest Preserve. Looks good.
Started at Trask Bridge and went right upstream for 1 hour.
Water level good but had to watch for obstacles. Wide river. Beautiful and remote.
cfs 595 slightly higher for median on this day.
No boats seen but one wave runner buzzed by politely.
Wildlife: heron, cedar waxwings, finches. We thought we saw 3 turkeys but they were raccoons out for a drink on a Friday night.
It’s a beautiful ride home to Madison up 73 and 104 (and we didn’t run out of gas – whew).