During the Covid-19 pandemic, UW closed Upham Woods to all activity including paddling. But out of the blue they let us know that pass holders were invited to launch their boats. Continue reading Blackhawk Island during pandemic election (2020 Last Paddle)
There being no public access to the Wisconsin River at Blackhawk Island any longer, we were planning to attend an orientation at Upham Woods, get their Paddle Pass (register link), then launch from their private canoe beach Continue reading Blackhawk Island Upham Woods now requires a paddle pass
On the occasion of having to retrieve a forgotten jacket from the Ice House and on the occasion of Pat’s first week of retirement, we paddled an area in the Dells that we had checked out a few days before thinking we would explore it “some day.” Continue reading Blackhawk Island to retrieve a jacket
The third time we have won Ice House Getaway on Louis Bluff, in the River Alliance Auction. This time we were playfully trying to push the bid up and accidentally won! The Weinhold family offered a 2-day stay in their Ice House cabin on the Wisconsin River to the highest bidder to benefit the organization. With their permission, we invited several friends to paddle the Wisconsin River with us, take out at their private beach on the bluff and then have a picnic in the riverside gazebo. This land is private (not rentable) and part of a nature conservancy so it will not be developed into a tourist attraction in the future. Continue reading Lemonweir to Louis Bluff on the Wisconsin River
Setting: Freakishly warm November day-73 degrees! Sunny, breezy.
Late fall is the best time to paddle this section because the tour boats have stopped running.
Put in: The drive from Madison to Wisconsin Dells is about 50 min. There is a parking lot Continue reading Wisconsin River in November (The Dells)
We won the Ice House Getaway in the River Alliance Auction. Actually, we were outbid at the very last second of furious bidding, but the Alliance director Denny Caneff got permission from owners Frank and Marianna Weinhold to allow two winners that year. The Weinholds let us invite a few well-behaved women paddlers to land at their private beach on Louis Bluff. Continue reading Ice House Femtilla 2014