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New Year's Eve Day paddle

  • Dec 31, 2011 · 11:00 AM

Lake Columbia (Portage, WI) If you're interested, just sign in... Victoria and I are still in planning stages, so more info to come.

Description:

Lake Columbia is a cooling pond for a power plant in South Central Wisconsin. Many paddlers utilize Lake Columbia for paddling practice throughout the winter, as it frequently offers water temperatures to around 80 degrees (depending on which side of the lake you're on). These conditions also attract relatively large numbers of people fishing for the record size range fish that enjoy the constant warmth.

Paddling more than a 100 yards away from the parking lot will usually provide solitude. There's often a nice layer of fog which helps give a 'rugged' feel to the place. Paddle up the east side of the lake for warmer water and views of the coal pile and rail cars. Paddle up the west for cooler water and a better view of the boilers and plant structure. There's also nice boat ramp on the east side for a lunch/bathroom break.

Directions:

From Madison, take Highway 51 north, past Poynette (there is a gas station here). Turn left (east) on County Highway V. Turn right (north) into the marked parking lot. Access to the water is down a small hill from the parking lot.

 

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  • Victoria

    fun time but very foggy

    January 1, 2012

  • Victoria

    sandy and i are going

    December 31, 2011

  • Victoria

    ok guys, barb can't go but i am game if others are. call me and let me know
    Vicki[masked]

    December 31, 2011

  • Jim

    Can't go I work. I am grateful for work. Oh well!! :) .

    December 30, 2011

  • Barbara

    Saturday is supposed to be warmer than Sunday, so we will go on Saturday. Thanks for your flexibility.

    December 29, 2011

  • Barbara

    I have two kayaks; I can bring both and lend one out but you will need your own gear (pfd). I do have a shorter length paddle for the second boat that will work for an adult. First come, first serve; please send me an email.

    December 29, 2011

  • Victoria

    hey guys, I have been paddling the rock river, getting through the ice from shore has been work and it has been cold! The Yahara is still low along with the badfish...

    December 29, 2011

  • Jim

    I can make this, I do not own a boat, but would need to borrow one. If nothing comes up that is fine with me. I may still just drive up as I have heard about this location before and wanted to explore it.

    December 28, 2011

  • Kristine T

    Hi Barbara- I'd be game if the location was closer to home; upper Sugar River? I have a family-of-origin Christmas but could get away a couples hours. Otherwise have fun and Happy New Year!

    December 28, 2011

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