Burnt Village to Rock River – high water and wind

Water was very high. We tested paddling upstream; it was still comfortable because the river is a flood plane it overflows its banks and doesn’t rage.

Marked on USGS as black high. The downed tree was not a problem because we could paddle right around it. This tree will be blocking when water level subside. Gene and Susan checked out the tricky parts for us

Very windy day but the Bark did not disappoint!

Kickapoo River (not the crazy section)

This was a Saturday, and we really don’t enjoy the upper section of the Kickapoo with the raucous weekend boaters. We sought out a lower section, not as popular which is fine with us. This trip is a section of Kickapoo River 5 in Paddling Southern Wisconsin.

Flow at Kickapoo River Steuben gauge 05410490: 425 cfs (median ~450 cfs)

Put-in/take-out: Highway 60 landing about 300 feet west of Highway 131. This has a concrete ramp and a nice parking lot. No bathrooms.

The trip: We left Madison at 12:30 and were on the water at 2:45, turned around at 5:00, out at 6:00. M recalls the upstream paddle as difficult and tiring (as evidenced by 2 hr 15 min upstream, 1 hr downstream)

Wildlife: kingfisher, plover, goldfinch, cardinal, muskrat, frogs

We scouted out other landings after the paddle. Another landing on Highway 60 about 1 mile before the Wisconsin River looks good.  Plum Creek Canoe Landing on Plum Creek Road was washed out when we were there.

Chilly rainy but yummy paddle

Record cool high temperatures and rain did not stop us from getting out on the river.

Start at 4 PM out at 7 PM

Met a chatty father and son at put in. Water level okay 97 cfs Bark River Road.

We ate tarts from La Baguette on the river, also had Potter’s crackers.

Judy was startled by large jumping catfish. We saw lots of herons, kingfisher, vultures, blue pintail(?) duck, killdeer, mink, cranes – and great danes!

Paddled with CandyCandace and Judy.

Baraboo River Wonewoc

Launch

Put-in to Baraboo River at Wonewoc (state road 33 near state road FF) – seem to remember it was a city boat ramp. Paddled upstream 2.5 miles. On river 4pm, off 7pm Home 9pm

The Paddle:

Left Madison at 2:00. On river at 4:00. Upstream approx 2.5 mi. Off river at 7:00.

Lots of maneuvering but OK. Tricky passage under County Rd FF bridge with riffles-stay west. Deb recalls quite a bit of dead-fall and being nervous about the return trip downstream and that we did OK but it would have been scarier if the water had been any higher.

The river was narrow and especially pretty at the point where we turned around. There were some nice sandstone cliff formations after halfway point. Especially pretty on the turn around so it was sad to end there.

We wrote this note: “tricky under bridge/ riffles – stay west”

Wildlife

Lots of heron, evidence of beaver. saw frog and bird with crown and also a large black bird.

Flow

521 csf. Median for this day 245 cfs

Info resources:

This trip is a segment of Baraboo River I in Paddling Southern Wisconsin

Prince’s Point meander

Paddled to White Water bridge upstream on Scuppernong, then down Bark river about a mile then back up stream to put in at Prince’s Point.

The river was fairly low. Several dead trees in water to maneuver around. Bark blocked by trees just upstream from put in. Saw one heron, several goldfinches, muskrats, big fish, and loud froggy.

Flow of 46 cfs.
Total time on water 1.75 hours

Crawfish – in/out Aztalan State Park

Flow at gauge on Crawfish River at Milford 05426000: 400 cfs (median ~400 cfs) We made a note in the margin of Paddling Southern Wisconsin not to do this river when flow is <310 cfs.

Put-in/take-out: Plenty of parking and bathrooms at the park. Park sticker or daily fee required. You have to carry your boat down a long sloping grassy field to the shoreline put in.  We paddled upstream with a stiff tailwind for approx 1.5 hrs (~1.3 miles) to the I 94 bridge. Then downstream against a headwind back to the put in, which took approx one-half hour.

Wildlife: Deb saw a fox near the takeout!

Note: on 5/26/2007, we did the Aztalan to Jefferson paddle with G&S.

2006 two paddle notes

These notes were written in the margins of our old paddle book.

7/4/2006

Paddled with Gene and Susan to the Milwaukee Street take out (Rock River). Approx 2.5 hr. Had to portage around log about mile 2. Saw cranes overhead and heron. Flow at Rome 86 cfs (mean 65, max 200, min 8.5)

6/28/2006

With Jeanne and Katia. 6.5 miles to town. Take out about 3 hours. Flow 133 cfs.

First time on Bark River

There isn’t much record of our first paddle – we have gotten more verbose over time. I do know it was July 2002 – one of our earliest paddles! It took 2.5-3hrs to go from Burnt Village to the Rock River. Since it was just the two of us, we must have shuttled our own car did a bike shuttle.

We had a memorable picnic. In retrospect, it might have been on private property. It was a nice sunny day.

Water level was low.