Fox River: figuring out the mystery of the White River Lock and Dam
We left from the east side of Madison and took US 151 to WI 73. For the return route, we decided to go WI 23 through Montello, which is about the same time and distance but a slightly prettier drive in my opinion. Also, More Healthy Foods is in Montello. Continue reading Looking for the dam Fox River, White River Park
For further investigation
Setting: Sunny weekday afternoon temp in the 70’s. We had never paddled the whole section, and we wanted to get out there before the expected motorboat madness of July 4 weekend.
Water level at Berlin: 1180 cfs. Median for July 2 is ~850. There is also a gage at Princeton, which does seem to pretty much follow the Berlin gage. Paddling Southern Wisconsin books suggests the Berlin gage.
Put in: 3:45 pm at the excellent concrete boat ramp in Princeton at the park at the end of Jefferson St. There is adequate parking and a porta-potty.
Shuttle: 5 mi, 15 min. East on Jefferson St, south(right) on Mechanic St, east(left) on Main St/Hwy 23/73, north (left) at the Piggly Wiggly onto Hwy 3, which is or becomes County Rd J. Continue straight north on Huckleberry Rd at the somewhat scary intersection where J turns east. After about 2.5 mi on Huckleberry Rd, Lock Rd is a left turn at the brown DNR sign for the White River/Fox River Fishery Area. The large parking lot is at the end of Lock Rd.
The Paddle: Gentle current and mostly isolated wooded surroundings. We passed the St Marie Rd put-in/take-out on the left which we had used for a no-shuttle paddle last year. We paddled a short distance into a creek (Black Creek?) which entered from the left about 3 mi from the put in . Some day, with water levels no lower, it might be fun to see how far we could paddle upstream into the creek.
Take out: 5:50 pm at the excellent concrete ramp at the old White River lock and dam site.
Wildlife: heron, swallows, many kingfishers and flycatchers.
Length: 6 miles
This trip is a segment of Fox River 2 in Paddling Southern Wisconsin
D,M & P with shuttle.
Flow at Berlin gauge 04073500: 1180 cfs (median for this day 850 cfs)
Put in Princeton city park at 3:45. Concrete ramp, plenty of parking, porta-john.
Take out Lock Road at White River Lock and Dam site. There is no dam to portage here-Paddling Southern Wisconsin is apparently wrong about this. The take out has a concrete ramp and a dock. Plenty of parking, no bathrooms.
The trip: 6-miles, about 2 hours, easy paddle, mostly wild quiet surroundings, no grounding or blockages or riffles/rapids.
Wildlife: kingfishers, flycatchers, swallows, heron.
Flow at Berlin gauge 04073500: 1610 cfs (median approx 960 cfs)
Put in/take out: County Highway O bridge. OK landing. Room to park several cars. No bathrooms.
The trip: We stopped at a nearby nursery on the way and put in at approx 5 pm. Paddled downstream for approximately 3.5 miles. Turned around at house on downstream left bank. Took out approximately 8 PM. Pleasant day, not too warm or windy. Water level OK.
Wildlife: a few cranes.
The Setting: Afternoon paddle before Friday evening dinner and Celtic music at More Health Foods in Montello, which is close to Ennis Lake. We carpooled with DD and LN who went for a late afternoon hike around the lake while we paddled.
Put in/Take out: there is a ramp and dock in John Muir Memorial County Park at the west end of the lake.
The Paddle: leisurely one-hour paddle on this serene isolated lake with clear water very sparkly in the late afternoon sun (see video). DD, who had not canoed for years, accepted an invitation to paddle around with Deb for awhile before we packed up and headed for Montello to have dinner and hear Granuaile, a Celtic trio composed of Joy, Linda and Rory. Driving home on this clear night, Venus and Jupiter were visible close together next to the crescent moon.
The Bark River never disappoints-always canoeable regardless of the water level or wind, always offering plenty of wildlife sightings. This trip was on a cloudy Saturday afternoon with light sprinkles, temp in the low 70’s. Continue reading Burnt Village – Upstream and Back
We have paddled the Crawfish between Aztalan and Jefferson a few times and wanted to try an upstream section. Low water levels have caused grounding problems for us on this river, so we picked a day when the levels were on the higher side-a sunny windy Saturday afternoon with temp around 70. Continue reading Crawfish River ~ Olson Rd