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Wisconsin River Overnight Trip (Primitive Camping) - Canoes and Kayaks Welcome!

  • Aug 17, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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This is one of our most popular trips each summer!

This will be an overnight camping trip on the lower portion of the Wisconsin River - between Sauk City and Spring Green - this stretch is 24 miles - over the course of two days, this should leave plenty of time for hiking or swimming along the way.

We will camp on an island or sandbar Saturday night (also known as primitive camping) so you will need to be self sufficient with camping equipment including tent, sleeping bag, stove, food, etc.  You must be able to carry all of your equipment in your boat! For this reason, recreational kayaks and/or sit on tops are not advised. Canoes are also welcome on this trip, but be advised if you bring a canoe and load it up with beer coolers and firewood, you may have a hard time keeping up with a group of kayaks.  We keep a leisurely pace, but have had issues in the past with overloaded boats falling behind. Speaking of beer, NO GLASS is allowed on the river and there are heavy fines for violations.

We will not be coordinating with an outfitter on this trip, so Saturday morning will involve a car shuttle (about an hour round trip.)  If you do not have your own boat but would like to join the trip, renting from Rutabaga in Madison is a good option:

I plan to camp in or near Madison on Friday night, so if you are interested we can try to coordinate campsites for Friday, too.


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  • Jim

    Great weather, great fun nice company

    August 18, 2013

  • Gabe

    I just email you all about why I can't make it. Have fun!

    August 15, 2013

  • Bob

    Sue Webb will be paddling a tandem with me.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Bob

    Where exactly are we meeting in Sauk City?

    August 9, 2013

    • Leigh

      Hi - per my email this week, I'll send another email with launch directions before the trip!

      August 9, 2013

  • deana

    I am sorry! I have to go out of town on a work trip!

    August 5, 2013

  • Bob

    Leigh, a friend came back two days ago from the Wisconsin trip and was surprised at the number of strainers this year. Just a word of caution, and folks should know what to do if heading for a strainer.

    July 29, 2013

  • Tom

    Sorry, I'll be up in Apostle Islands.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will we stay overnight at Ferry Bluff State park? Or near by?

    May 25, 2013

    • Leigh

      Saturday night We will camp on a sandbar along the way so there will be no access to facilities.

      May 25, 2013

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