Paddle and picnic, Lower Yahara, Stebbinsville Reservoir to Murwin park, Fulton

You need your own kayak or canoe, and supplies to participate in this event.

This event is not for beginners, the water is too high and fast.

Join me for a fun filled 2-3 hour trip down the lower Yahara River to Murwin Park. The water moves quickly here.

We will meet at the Stebbinsville dam launch site at 9:30 am and shuttle cars. Expect to get on the water at approximately 10:00 am. If you arrive late you may have to catch up to the group. Regardless of where you park your car (launch site or exit point) we will have vehicles available for shuttling purposes. Don't be concerned with vehicle shuttling when traveling with this group. Our shuttle methodology isn't an exact science but works well for us (common sense and cooperation).

We will end at Murwin park in Fulton and kick back and relax and have a picnic.  Everyone can bring what they want to eat to make it easier. There is a restroom there and picnic tables.  I think there maybe a grill.  I will check it out.  Not a bad place to swim or wade in the small rapids.  This is a suitable kayak for beginners unless the water is high.

More details: the launch site is at the old Stebbinsville dam, (Launch Site:[masked] W. Stebbinsville Rd, Edgerton, WI 53534,Longitude: [masked] Latitude:[masked]) Our exit point is in Fulton, WI (Exit point: Murwin Park,Longitude: [masked] Latitude:[masked]). The launch point and exit point may not have restrooms. Bring proper supplies. There is parking for up to 12 vehicles at Murwin Park.


The Madison Kayaking Meetup Group is not an outfitter. We are not insured. We do not provide watercraft. We are a group of members/friends that get together and enjoy paddling all kinds of water, with different experience levels. Therefore, when you paddle/travel with us you do so at your own risk. Your participation is your acceptance of this waiver. -


Thank you, Victoria Carter

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  • Jeanette

    very fun, nive people. Thanks Vickie for setting up!!!

    July 21, 2013

  • Victoria

    8 people showed. The water was down since Wednesday A beautiful paddle with the current it only took 1.5 hours

    July 20, 2013

  • Kathy

    Running way late next time!

    July 20, 2013

  • Greg E.

    I'll be with Vicki

    July 20, 2013

  • Paul P

    Signing up late. But will be there this morning. See you all in a little while.

    July 20, 2013

  • Victoria

    see all of you at the Stebbinsville :)

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • rpracing

    Wont be coming. Something came up.

    July 19, 2013

  • mary a.

    I feel as if I'm too much of a beginner to enjoy this particular paddle.

    July 19, 2013

  • Dawn

    I'm not a new paddler, only new this this river. but with my long 18 ft boat that's not going to work well with eddying out & moving around tight turns in fast waters. i'll wait until water levels go down. i wish i hadn't sold my river runner in CO.

    July 18, 2013

    • Les P.

      The Yahara is a fairly large river where we will be paddling. It's moving fast, but I don't recall anything remotely resembling a tight turn. I'll be paddling a 17' sea kayak.

      July 18, 2013

  • Les P.

    I just got back from Murwin Park. The water is fast, but there are a variety of exit points. The easiest is around the bend. The park spans both sides of the overpass. Normally, people take out on the West side of the overpass. This is the side with the largest parking lot and facilities. On the East side is a smaller parking lot. The river bends around the park. On the West side the current is right on the park shoreline. One the East side, the current is on the far river bank, away from the park. The river bottom on the East side is shallow. It looks like you can ground a kayak and just step out. The East side carry to the parking lot is further than the West, but perhaps only 50 yards. Also on the East side, plan to get muddy feet.

    You could still exit on the West side, but you would have to plan your approach carefully. Trying to enter the tiny coves of still water along the park side river bank from upstream will result in a spinout.

    I'm going.

    July 18, 2013

    • Victoria

      Thanks les I have gotten out around the bend before

      July 18, 2013

  • Deidre

    I'm a beginner, so have to pass on this one.

    July 18, 2013

  • Ann

    Vicki,
    I so appreciate your perspective on this trip. As I said before, when I paddled it in May, I almost lost my life. My friend who came to help me also ended up in the strainer. I am not a beginner....we lost a kayak and a paddle.... we were lucky to recover one of the kayaks down river....we decided that until the rivers are down a bit, it is not worth chancing it.

    July 18, 2013

    • Victoria

      Ann I used to whitewater kayak years ago. I know all to well the hazards. Thanks for your input

      July 18, 2013

  • Victoria

    Ok paddlers here is a heads up. I went to the launch and the exit. the water is fast and high. personally i would kayak it however that is me. PFd's are required no questions. I may change the launch site to hwy 59 bridge. If we get the rain the forecast they are predicting friday night, I may have to make a decision saturday morning of the safety of the members. At this time this is not a beginner kayak trip. I will check all places saturday morning and post then. I have videos I took last night and I will post them on youtube later for those of you who have made this run in the past you can chime in on what you think.

    Safety first please.....we are not a rescue unit and everyone needs to remember attending this is at your risk. I am not trying to discourage anyone as I like a challenge just like most but just letting you know this will not be a leisurely kayak trip.

    Vicki

    July 18, 2013

  • rpracing

    Gonna try, 2nd shifter so not used to waking up that early.

    1 · July 17, 2013

    • rpracing

      Years ago a friend and I ran his 14' jonboat up the Yahara from the Rock River mouth. Was pretty "interesting" getting the jon over some downed trees. LOL. Never been upstream past Murwin Pk other than fishing at the old dam.

      July 17, 2013

  • Les P.

    I've paddled that stretch with 14' and 17' sea kayaks.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Victoria

    I just got off the bad fish Yahara. I have paddled to murwin on rapid water and its easier going under the bridge and getting out. I will check it out Friday with the rain That maybe coming. The Yahara is moving but not as fast as it has been. I would say use caution. If people prefer we can start at the 59 bridge and go down.

    July 14, 2013

  • Ann

    Also please note that the water was running so fast in May that we could hardly pull over at Murwin park. Not sure if there is a site where you can check on this. I know Madcitypaddlers has had some videos about how wild the rivers were after all that rain.

    July 14, 2013

  • Ann

    Back in May we got caught in a strainer there....lost a kayak and paddle so if you see either let me know. The strainer came up within the first 8 minutes of paddling....not sure if the water is running that rapid now, but be careful.

    July 14, 2013

  • tammy

    I may be joining w/2other paddlers. working out details. Sounds fun. will keep in touch. :}

    July 10, 2013

  • Victoria

    It should work fine, the river is wide in most spots. I have a 12.5ft kayak and it does fine

    July 5, 2013

  • Gary S.

    I have a sea kayak (Current Design) would this be suitable for this trip or is a smaller one needed?

    July 5, 2013

  • Victoria

    This picture is the exit sight!

    June 23, 2013

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