Canoeing the Prairie River, Wisconsin

Expert paddler Mike Svob has been canoeing and kayaking the rivers of the Midwest for 30 years. He paddled more than a thousand miles to complete these books. Below are brief descriptions of the canoe trips that Mike goes into detail with in his books with maps. The maps are very useful, showing rapids, take in and take out points and other things of interest.


Prairie- County J to County C-Lincoln County-9.5 miles. This is a small trout fishing river that features a beautiful dells section that is for experienced paddlers only. Water levels are best in springtime. Put in upstream left at County J west of Bloomville. You reach the mouth of Haymeadow Creek at 3 miles. After this the river is deeper and wider. Watch for an old timber and stone structure in the middle of the river. Get out on the left to scout or portage. Take a look at the T.B. Scott Log Dam at the head of the dells Scout at least part of the dells and portage if in doubt.. Ocasional riffles and Class I rapids follow the dells. Take out upstream left at the County C bridge.