Friday, November 25, 2011

Kayak the Wisconsin River

We headed out this fall to kayak a portion of the Wisconsin River.  I had been hesitant to kayak this river since it is so wide, and portions have dangerous undertows.  Chad finally convinced me to take a chance, and I read about the many and varied sections of this river to try.  There are many sections that have rental canoe and kayak outfitters, and the river in those areas can get busy.  Most outfitters were closed for the season when we went on our kayak trip.  We tried to catch fall color, but missed it by going between two impressive color periods this year.

We left from a launch off of Highway 23 in Spring Green.  This was Zack's first trip in his own kayak, but it went better than I expected.  It helped that the tandem seat in Chad's kayak was filled with his folding bike used for shuttling the Jeep to the pull out location.  Zack's kayak was tethered the whole time, but he still did a great job paddling on his own for a large portion of the trip.

There were many sand bars along the trip, one of which we used for a picnic lunch. 

There were many river channels, and I was lucky that my phone had a signal along the route so we could check out the map before we headed down a channel that didn't go through.  Near the end of the route the boys attempted to go through a small channel and got caught up.  I won't begin to explain what happened, but Kevin got dumped in the water and his boat overturned.  The bilge pump was finally used for it's intended purpose.  I heard the stories about what happened, but will never know the truth.  I was already headed down the right channel on the way to the take out when Zack came running across the sand bar to tell me what happened.  Besides being wet, Kevin seemed just fine after the incident.

We pulled the kayaks out by Lone Rock, where Chad had previously placed the Jeep.  After loading the kayaks we headed towards home, stopping for some food.  We came across an old fashioned drive-in restaurant, Rumbleseats, in Spring Green.  The food was good, and it was nice to have warm enough weather to still eat outside.  We just had to be careful of the cow.  It looked like a killer.