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!

2006 two paddle notes (Bark)

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


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)


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.