Where to paddle after work? The water was high so we decided to head out to close-by Cherokee Marsh to explore a residential area where few people paddle. Continue reading Cherokee Marsh residential tour – farther than ever
Another paddle between two lakes in Madison. The water can get too low or too much algae but on this day it was good enough for the likes of us! Continue reading Wingra Creek – A Nice Paddle Despite the Duckweed
She got a new kayak. Then she got a broken foot. Finally the bone was healed enough that she felt ready to load her boat on the car and join us for a short paddle. Continue reading Yahara between the lakes
We planned to paddle to the confluence of the Rock River but a duckweed / muck area made us turn around from whence we came. Continue reading Uturned! Blockage on the Bark
With temperatures in the upper 70’s and a big rain a few days ago, conditions seemed ideal for a paddle on Starkweather Creek. Continue reading Duck! Starkweather Creek with high water
Inspired by posts in the Facebook group Paddle Wisconsin, we decided to try parts of the Crawfish River we hadn’t realized were canoeable. So, after researching various options on wisconsinrivertrips.com, we set out for Astico Park near Columbus for a no-shuttle paddle and a bit of recon on a warm sunny late June afternoon. An added bonus – we can get there in about 40 minutes from Madison, as opposed to the minimum 1-hour drive required to get to most places we paddle.
After a 40 minute drive via US 151, we arrived at Astico County Park entrance off County TT. We drove through the park before launching and noted that it was quiet and not crowded. This was a Wednesday, and we wondered if the situation would be quite different on a weekend with more people and more beer. We made note of some scenic picnic sites for future reference – perhaps a mid-week picnic dinner and short paddle in the early fall.
We decided to take advantage of a spectacular fall afternoon and explore a nearby section of the Yahara River that we had not tried before. The entire Yahara River from Lake Waubesa to Lake Kegonsa, including Lower Mud Lake, is no-wake. We didn’t come across any boats that were scoffing at the no-wake rule – very relaxing. Continue reading Yahara River Upstream from Fish Camp (first time)
We scouted out Conrad Jaeger Park aka Thurn Marsh Park as a put-in to get into the Yahara. (map) Continue reading Recon: McFarland’s Jaeger Park to Paddle down the Yahara
Our friend was interested in trying out the new differently-abled accessible boat launch recently installed at the park in Princeton. We were curious about this device as well, and we thought this would also be an opportunity to try paddling upstream from the landing.
We’ve done the segment between Princeton and the White River Locks a number of times, but we’ve never gone the other way. Continue reading Familiar place, different direction Fox River at Princeton
There being no public access to the Wisconsin River at Blackhawk Island any longer, we were planning to attend an orientation at Upham Woods, get their Paddle Pass (register link), then launch from their private canoe beach Continue reading Blackhawk Island Upham Woods now requires a paddle pass