The banks are wooded and dotted with spectacular sandstone outcroppings. We would do this trip again, in the Dells boat off season and preferably on a weekday. It would be fun to try paddling upstream from the island into the Coldwater Canyon area.
Because the water level was lower than on previous paddles on this section, we had to pay attention to our route to avoid getting hung up on sandbars just below the surface. We meandered back and forth from one bank to the other several times which meant we got to see close-up the beautiful sandstone bluffs on
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
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