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.
105 cfs (“normal”) at Rome gauge #05426250. Median for June 13 is around 75 cfs.
Burnt Village Park on County Rd N which has a decent concrete ramp and good parking (and, as of summer 2017, a porta-john!) In at 3:25, out at 5:30.
Upstream for 3-3.5 mi. On the way back we paddled up Whitewater Creek, which enters about a mile from the put-in. We were able to get under the footbridge and there were no immediate obstructions. We paddled about a quarter mile up the creek before it was too obstructed to continue.
many great blue heron, an eagle (we almost always see an eagle on this section), oriole, swallows, muskrats, turtle, jumping fish, eastern flycatcher. Heard but not seen: owl, cranes, rooster, peacock, crows and crow babies, frogs and many unidentified birds.
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
Flow at Milford gauge 05426000: 650 cfs (median 270 cfs)
Put in/take out: Olson Road 1 mile down stream from Highway 19 bridge. Room to park on the shoulder of a short lane. Easy in/out temperature in the 70s
The trip: In at 4:30 PM downstream for 3.5 miles. Turned around 5:50 PM. Out at 7 PM. Minimal current. Headwind made it hard to paddle downstream at times. Tailwind going upstream helped. River very wide and open. No shade. Big RV park at start. More remote after RV park,and the surroundings look prettier where we turned around.
Wildlife: heron, swallows. On the drive to Watertown to check out a possible put-in (no good prospects), we saw cranes, deer and turkeys in a field.
Just you and me Memorial weekend
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
This trip is a segment of Illinois Fox River 1 in Mike Svob’s book.
Flow at Waukesha gauge 05543830: 101 csf (median for this date 43csf)
Left at 4pm. 1.5 hour drive from Madison to Big Bend Village Park which has a nice concrete boat ramp and plenty of parking.
1 hour to unload boats, find bathroom. Floyd E Swayze Memorial Center(Lions Club) is next to the landing, but it is unclear if it is public or private. Mobil Gas Station is 0.5 miles.
In water 6:20. Turned around just past golf course, approx 2 mi from put-in. Slow current, no blockages or grounding. Water clear but lots of duckweed.
Saw ducks and swallows-not much else. Heard cranes. Pretty and quiet. Encountered family of kids and dad and fishing boat. Very cloudy. Dewpoint 72. Out at 8 o’clock in darkness.
Started at Trask Bridge and went right upstream for 1 hour.
Water level good but had to watch for obstacles. Wide river. Beautiful and remote.
cfs 595 slightly higher for median on this day.
No boats seen but one wave runner buzzed by politely.
Wildlife: heron, cedar waxwings, finches. We thought we saw 3 turkeys but they were raccoons out for a drink on a Friday night.
It’s a beautiful ride home to Madison up 73 and 104 (and we didn’t run out of gas – whew).
We paddled while our houseguests J&K attended a wedding.
Flow at gage 05426250 Bark River near Rome: 43 csf. (Median for this date: 50 csf)
Princes point to “Palmyra” after island turn around. Saw heron, muskrat, ducks, kingfisher, yellow finch, cranes and mystery bird plus lots of plover, red-winged blackbirds, mourning doves. Water was nice level. Scary fast boats are not common, but we did encounter one that day.