One of my favorite places in the world is the Wisconsin River which runs the entire length of the state starting in Lac Vieux Desert on the border with the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It then runs south and dissects the state until turning directly west near Madison to meet with the Mississippi near Prairie Du Chien.
The last 92 miles of the river from the last dam at Sauk City is the premier portion of the river for canoeing and camping. This section is called the Lower Wisconsin River Valley and it is characterized by beautiful bluffs, golden sand bars, bald eagles flying off of every dead tree, tree line river banks, and exceptional canoeing and camping.
I have been fortunate enough to have canoed this river for over 30 years, and I have probably averaged at least a trip and a half per year, so I have been on it close to or more than 50 times. I have never grown tired of it and everyone who I have ever paddled with seems to share the sentiment, including my dad.
This last weekend marked another successful trip canoeing, camping, swimming, enjoying the campfire, spotting bald eagles and other birds, and just enjoying life in the great outdoors of Wisconsin.
If this type of adventure appeals to you, and you don’t know how to get started, check out Wisconsin River Outings in Sauk City and Boscobel.
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