Wisconsin General Information

Written Mar. 24, 2014, posted May 15, 2014.

Ed note: I expect to provide both more general information and more paddling information, some time. Suggestions welcomed; best use pm. 

National Parks. 
http://www.nps.gov/state/wi/index.htm?program=all 
http://www.nps.gov/state/wi/list.htm?program=all 
http://traveltips.usatoday.com/national ... 22490.html 

State Parks, etc. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/ 
http://www.stateparks.com/wisconsin_par ... tions.html 
http://wisconsinstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ 
http://wisconsinstateparks.reserveameri ... 9&lat=45.0 
Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges. 
http://www.wildernet.com/pages/area.cfm ... RV&CU_ID=1 

Department of Natural Resources. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/ 

Watertrails.
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/watertrails/ 
1. Water trails in state parks and forests.
Big Bay State Park - Lake Superior Water Trail. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/watertrai ... erior.html 
Brule River State Forest. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/bruleRiver/ 
Buckhorn State Park. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/buckhorn/ 
Flambeau River State Forest. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/flambeauRiver/ 
Northern Highand-American Legion State Forest. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/nhal/ 
Perrot State Park. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/perrot/ 
Peshtigo River State Forest. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/peshtigoRiver/ 
Wyalusing State Park. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/wyalusing/ 
2. Flowages and other DNR properties.
Chippewa Flowage. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/chippewaflow/ 
Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/TurtleFlambeau/ 
Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/stateforests/nhal/willow.html 
3. Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway water trails. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/LowerWisc ... ating.html 
Wisconsin's Wild and Scenic Rivers. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/WildRivers/ 
Pine and Popple Wild Rivers. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/WildRivers/PinePopple/ 
Pike Wild River. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/WildRivers/PikeRiver/ 
Totagatic Wild River. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/WildRivers/Totogatic/ 
National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. 
http://www.rivers.gov/ 
4. Other water trails in Wisconsin.
Capitol Water Trails (Dane County). 
http://www.capitolwatertrails.org/maps.php 
Kickapoo River. 
http://kvr.state.wi.us/category.asp?lin ... &locid=115 
Lake Michigan Water Trail. 
http://www.kayakwisconsin.net/watertrail/ 
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. 
http://lwr.state.wi.us/index.asp 
Milwaukee Urban Water Trail. 
http://www.mkeriverkeeper.org/content/m ... ater-trail 
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway. 
http://www.nps.gov/sacn/index.htm 
Yahara Waterways Trail (Madison). 
http://www.danewaters.com/articles/guideDownload.aspx 
5. Biking and paddling trails.
400 State Trail[ (Baraboo River). 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/400/ 
Ahnapee State Trail (Ahnapee River). 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ahnapee/ 
Chippewa River State Trail. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/chiprivertrail/ 
Great River State Trail (Mississippi River). 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/greatriver/ 
Oconto River State Trail. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/oconto/ 
Old Abe State Trail (Chippewa River). 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/oldabe/ 
Red Cedar State Trail (Red Cedar River). 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/redcedar/ 
Sugar River State Trail. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/sugarriver/ 
6. Related information.
American Whitewater (Midwest). 
http://www.americanwhitewater.org/conte ... region/MW/ 
National Park Service – Rivers and Trails Program. 
http://www.nps.gov/orgs/rtca/index.htm 
Water Trails for Wisconsin. 
http://www4.uwsp.edu/cnr/uwexlakes/publ ... tertrails/ 
Minnesota water trails. 
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/index.html 

National Wild and Scenic Rivers. 
Saint Croix River, shared with Minnesota. 
http://www.rivers.gov/rivers/st-croix.php 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Croix_ ... -Minnesota
Wolf River. 
http://www.rivers.gov/rivers/wolf.php 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_River_(Fox_River

River information. 
USGS Wisconsin. 
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/WI/nwis/current/?type=flow 
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/rt 
Whitewater America, Wisconsin. 
http://www.americanwhitewater.org/conte ... state/WI/# 
http://www.americanwhitewater.org/conte ... /access:wi 
River Facts, Wisconsin. 
http://www.riverfacts.com/states/wi.html 

General sources of paddling information. 
Primarily Wisconsin. http://www.sherrikayaks.com/our-links/ 
http://www.air-n-water.com/articles-wbp ... noeing.htm 
http://www.americanrivers.org/ 
To be expanded. 

Paddling clubs and associations. 
Ed note: All links were active on 25 April 2014. Additions, corrections, etc will be welcomed. 
Badger State Boating Society. 
http://www.bsbs.org/home.php 
Baraboo River Canoe Club. 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/baraboorcc/info 
Coulee Canoe and Kayak Club. La Crosse?
https://sites.google.com/site/candkclub/ 
Fox Valley Yakkers. 
http://www.meetup.com/Appleton-Yakkers/ 
Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Association. 
http://www.glska.com/wp/ 
Hoofer Outing Club. Madison.
http://www.hooferouting.org/ 
Kayak Wisconsin. 
http://www.kayakwisconsin.net/ 
Mad City Paddlers. Madison. 
http://www.madcitypaddlers.org/ 
Milwaukee Area Sea Kayakers. 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mil ... kayak/info 
Northeast Wisconsin paddlers. 
Formerly Green Bay Paddlers United. 
http://www.wisconsinpaddlers.org/ 
Northeast Wisconsin Sea Kayakers. 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/newseakayakers/info 
Pure Water Paddlers. 
http://www.purewaterpaddlers.com/ 
Rapids Riders. 
http://www.rapidsriders.org/ 
Wausau Whitewater. 
http://wausauwhitewater.org/ 
Wisconsin Canoe Racing Association. 
http://www.wicanoeracing.com/ 
Midwest paddling clubs. Video. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zNYBzau ... pebE16y8OA 

General information regarding Wisconsin rivers.
Wisconsin Canoe and Kayak Rivers. 
http://www.wisconline.com/attractions/canoerivers.html 
Content: Map of Wisconsin with some rivers marked, plus general comments on those rivers. 
No Route information is provided; I have posted explicit links to all contents.
Wisconsinguides.net. 
No Route information is provided; I have posted explicit links to all contents. 
These entries are in no sense “guides”, as paddlers use the term. 
Map of Wisconsin river basins. 
http://dnr.wi.gov/water/basin/ 
State-wide source. 
http://www.wisconsinguides.net/canoe-rivers 
Regional sources. 
http://www.wisconsinguides.net/canoe-rivers/northeast 
http://www.wisconsinguides.net/canoe-rivers/northwest 
http://www.wisconsinguides.net/canoe-rivers/southeast 
http://www.wisconsinguides.net/canoe-rivers/southwest 
NB: A particular river may appear in both the state-wide source and the relevant regional source, in the state-wide source only, or in the regional source only. 

Sites used in Route documentation. 
I used the following major sites (alphabetical order), plus some minor ones. 
Comments on most of them, and others, are made at 
http://www.wisconsinrivertrips.com/other-reviews.html 
Every Trail. 
http://www.everytrail.com/browse.php?co ... vity_id=11 
Comment: Largest but least useful of the sources; many entries provide only maps. 
huntfishcamp.com. 
http://www.huntfishcampwisconsin.com/Canoeing.html 
http://www.huntfishcampwisconsin.com/canoeingsw.html 
miles.paddled.com. 
http://www.milespaddled.com 
paddleaway.com. 
Coverage: Mostly southeast WI and northeast IL. 
Video for every entry, as best I know. 
Noteworthy is the information regarding rentals and put-in spots
http://www.paddleaway.com/ 
Paddle the Flambeau River. 
Ed note: The Flambeau River only, but a high-quality source. 
http://www.paddleflambeau.com/ 
paddling.net. 
http://www.paddling.net/places/WI/ 
trailville.com.
Ed note: Southeast Wisconsin and Northeast Illinois; mostly hiking and biking. 
http://www.trailville.com/wiki/File:Main01.jpg 
Wisconsin Paddles. 
http://wipaddle.com/ 
I found no general list of information. Many links (both external and internal - for example to photos) are broken. The following link provides only a small portion of the Route information at the site. 
http://wipaddle.com/community/places-to-paddle/ 
Wisconsin River Trips. 
http://www.wisconsinrivertrips.com/ 
Wisconsin Trail Guide, paddling. 
http://wisconsintrailguide.com/paddle/p ... rails.html 
http://wisconsintrailguide.com/paddle/p ... index.html 
Comment: Comprehensive guides for 20 rivers. 

Other online paddling information for Wisconsin. 
1. The best source for other sites that I found is Wisconsin River Trips. 
http://www.wisconsinrivertrips.com/other-reviews.html 
This one provides may other sources in addition to those posted above and below. 
2. Wisconsin Paddle Guide has folded. 
3. Surprisingly, I found nothing about Wisconsin paddling at either trails.com or trailpeak.com. 
4. Advice. Avoid www dot webchord dot com /padpath /rivers dot htm 
This is at best a Haha, fooled you site. The lead page for each river provides a small amount of information. Click on River information and you get “If you would like to sponsor this river information page, for as little as $60 per year …. “. 
6. ucancanoe. Wisconsin WaterWays. 
Information on far too many rivers to list individually here. 
http://www.ucancanoe.net/ 
http://71.86.169.9/can/can.asp?submit=S ... =Wisconsin 
7. Paddleaway provides videos for many rivers in Wisconsin, Illinois and beyond. 
The author is believed to be Tom Lindblade. 
http://www.paddleaway.com/videos 
8. Other sources, some general in nature. 
http://www.wisconsinrivers.org/ 
http://dnr.wi.gov/water/waterSearch.aspx 
http://geology.com/lakes-rivers-water/wisconsin.shtml 
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/rt 
http://www.wisconline.com/attractions/canoerivers.html 
http://www.wistravel.com/activities_in_ ... /canoeing/ 

Books.
Ed note: Books for specific regions (for example Lake Superior) are listed with the corresponding Route information. 
Ed note: The source for most of these items was Wisconsin River Trips. 
http://www.wisconsinrivertrips.com/other-reviews.html 
Duncanson, Michael. Best Canoe Trails of Southern Wisconsin. Trails Media Group (1995). 
http://www.amazon.com/Best-Canoe-Trails ... 0915024446 
Fletcher, Doc; and Keith Jones. Canoeing and Kayaking Wisconsin: The Rivers, The Towns, The Taverns.Arbutus Press (2011). 
Green, Doris, with Michael H Knight. Explore Wisconsin Rivers. Trails Books (2008). 
http://www.amazon.com/Explore-Wisconsin ... 1934553123 
Lowry Gerald P. Canoeing the Wild Rivers of Northwestern Wisconsin. Northwestern Canoe Trails (1981). 48 pages. 
Palzer, Bob and Judy. Whitewater Quietwater: A Guide to the Wild Rivers of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Northeast Minnesota. Menasha Ridge Press (1983). 
Piraino, Frank F. Small River Canoe Adventures of Wisconsin. F Piraino, 1999 (19 pages), 
Svob, Mike. Paddling Northern Wisconsin: 82 Great Trips by Canoe and Kayak. Trails Books (2012). 
Svob, Mike. Paddling Southern Wisconsin: 85 Great Trips by Canoe and Kayak. Trails Books (2012). 

Videos.
Source: Wisconsin River Trips, for the most part. 
http://www.wisconsinrivertrips.com/other-reviews.html 
Morrall River Films.
http://www.morrallriverfilms.com/ 
Trailer for River trails of Northern Wisconsin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3o_DEVa2Z4 
Trailer for River trails of Southern Wisconsin.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YgjQ1sVghs 
Tom Lindblade. 
Some (all?) of his videos of Wisconsin, Illinois and other rivers are available at PaddleAway.com. 
http://www.paddleaway.com/videos