July 13th and 14th (Sat/Sun)
Paddling the Black River from Black River Falls to Melrose
First day is 12.2 miles (5 hours) ; second day is 11.5 miles. We'll camp on a sand bar Saturday night.
The Black River has a north woods feel, and is heavily forested, with rock outcroppings, lots of wildlife, tranquility and nothing more than class one rapids, which are few. There are areas shallow enough to swim against or play in the current--we hope to camp near one! The first day will definitely be the most remote with the fewest sitings of the human variety--eagles are not uncommon. The second day, there will be a bit more traffic-- but the day holds big, gentle bends,a steady current and lazy paddling. Just upstream from a log cabin will be Roaring Creek where there a couple 10 foot cascades in a steep-walled sandstone canyon. We'll make a pit stop there. There is also an 80 foot sheer multicolored cliff just before the take out.
This will be a fully self-contained, self-supported trip, with the exception of a Saturday night potluck. Saturday morning, we'll shuttle from Black River Falls to Melrose, leaving cars in a parking lot at the take out/landing just past the Hwy 108 bridge. Then we'll drive back to the put in and what else- PUT IN!
ARRIVAL TIME IS 9:30 am- with a shuttle departure time of 10 a.m.-sharp! It takes about 2.5 hours to get to Black River falls from Madison.
Canoes and kayaks are welcome...
Items to bring along include: food/provisions for two days, something to share at the potluck, tent, sleeping pad, insect repellent, sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat is always good, sunglasses, plastic bags to put trash in, camp stove/fuel, matches/lighter, fire starters, swim suit/towel, piece of cardboard as a surface to work on (lots of sand), PFD is REQUIRED, dishes/silverware, cup, bailing sponge, line to hang stuff out to dry, lantern, flashlight, towline, lip balm, hand lotion, watch, toilet paper/trowel, dry bag, sit pad/chair, water, rain gear, clothing for the damp chill that can settle at night, ground cloth, camp shoes/comfy socks... but remember, you have to fit this all in your boat, so chose wisely!
****RSVP is required, and secured via a $10.00 payment via pay pal. There will be a wait list for cancellations. Deadline to register is one week prior to the July 13th date.
More information on this route can be found by googling Paddling Southern WI by Mike Svob. You can read on these two sections of river in the online version.
I will post directions to the put in/take out using the Files feature under 'More' in the Tabs at the top of the page of this site sometime before June 1st.
Questions- email me through the site.