Canoe and kayak trips on rivers in southern Wisconsin-Descriptions of rivers and maps of 32 rivers and 82 canoe trips in southern Wisconsin.

For descriptions of northern Wisconsin rivers go to northern rivers

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.

Southern Wisconsin

Baraboo River-Originating near Elroy, not far from the headwaters of the popular Kickapoo River, the Baraboo twists 120 miles to the southeast before joing the Wisconsin a few miles downstream from portage.
Bark River- Originating at Bark lake, the Bark River twists for many miles toward the southwest, passing through farmland, marshes, hardwood forests, lakes and a couple of small communities
Black River- Eighteen miles north of Neillsville, where the Popple River joins the Black River, the previously placid Black becomes a whitewater river.
Crawfish River- detailed info on canoeing over 10 miles of the river with detailed descriptions of the area, maps showing rapids, portages, nearby roads, take outs, etc.
Crystal River- If you like to paddle small streams, you will love the Crystal.Seldom more than 20-30 feet wide, its also a very short river
Des Plaines River- From Pleasant Prairie in Wisconsin, paddlers can head south for more than 30 river miles before encountering the first of a series of dams.
Galena River-Designated the Galena on some maps, the fever on others, this delightful stream winds through the rugged hills of the Driftless Area.
Grant River-One of the most delightful paddling rivers in the state, the Grant winds circuitously between the hills of the rugged Driftless Area in southwestern Wisconsin
Illinois Fox-The nearby Racine County Bicycle Trail parallels the river from Burlington to Waterford, providing an opportunity to peddle and paddle at the same time.
Kickapoo River-Once you’ve had a taste of this enchanting little river you’ll be hooked for life.
La Crosse River-Sparta is an excellent starting point for the many miles of pleasant paddling on the La Crosse River all the way to the Mississippi River.
Little Wolf River-Definitely not appropriate for paddlers who get upset over boat scratches, the Little Wolf is small, rocky, clear, and delightful.
Manitowoc River-The seldom paddled Manitowoc begins just east of Lake Winnebago, flowing through marshland in most of its upper reaches
Mecan River-From its source at Mecan Springs between Coloma and Wautoma, this clear narrow stream twists through isolated surroundings for 30 miles
Milwaukee River-Visitors to the upper reaches of the Milwaukee River are pleasantly surprised to discover a small, clear, rural stream that provides many miles of excellent paddling.
Oconomowoc River-A relatively short river with headwaters about 20 miles northwest of Milwaukee, the Oconomowoc drains the marshland of a north-south glacial moraine.
Pecatonica River-Originating west of Dodgeville, the Pecatonica winds its way southward through woods, farmlands, hardwood swamps, and marshes
Platte River-If you paddled the Grant River, you’ve had a good preview of the Platte.
Plover River-Beginning as a tiny rivulet a few miles south of Antigo, the Plover flows to the southwest through an entirely rural environment until it joins the Wisconsin River at Stevens Point.
Red Cedar River-An ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy paddling
Sheboygan River-With headwaters a few miles east of Fond du Lac, the same area that spawns the Milwaukee River, it flows for many miles through marshy lowland
Sugar River-Rural is the best overall word to describe the Sugar River.In its southeastern course through Dane, Green, and Rock counties it goes through only three small towns, where dams impound its waters
Tomorrow River-When you get your first glimpse of the Tomorrow River at Nelsonville, its understandable if you mistake it as a creek.
Trempealeau River-The Trempealeau flows gentlely through the rolling hills of the Coulee Country of western Wisconsin.
Waupaca River-Still isolated, winding, intimate and clear, the Tomorrow becomes the Waupaca River downstream from Amherst.
Wisconsin River-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.
Yahara River-The Yahara flows through the state capital, forming Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa.


If you enjoy using the maps and do some paddling please take a minute and click river reviews and post your trip.

Since water levels vary it is advisable to check ahead.


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