Canoeing the Wisconsin River, Wisconsin


After a humble origin as a small stream near the Michigan border, the Wisconsin flows south, then west for 430 miles before joining the Mississippi near Prairie du Chien. Augmented along the way by many tributaries, it drains a third of the state and is interrupted 26 times by dams. From the first dam, at Eagle iver, to the last, at Prairie du Sac, much of the river includes flowage paddling, especially in the stretch from Wausau to Castle Rock Lake. Even in the often dammed upper river, however, there are many pleasant places for canoeists and kayakers, and the free flowing 92 miles of the lowes Wisconsin make it one of the most popular paddling destinations in the Midwest.

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.