Canoeing at Yahara River

Canoeing in Madison WI at Yahara River

Flows from Madison's lakes to the Rock River. Access is available on either Lake Mendota or Lake Monona, and along the river at road crossings.

Locks lead through the series of lakes, and some dams need portaging. The current is slow and additional portages may be necessary during low water.

When you paddle through the Yahara River, which connects Lake Mendota to Lake Monona, you will reach the relatively untouched habitat of Lake Monona, where deer and owls live. This lake is the better choice for feeling alone with nature because of its beautifully-wooded surrounding area.

Farther south, you can kayak the length of the Yahara, plus the Rock, with a few portages over dams and fallen trees. Kayak your way through wetlands and shallow lakes, and rich and picturesque farmland. The Yahara flows into the Rock, which eventually makes its way to the Mississippi, after passing through northern Illinois and meeting many cities and towns of middle-America.

Yahara River canoe race:
3.5 mile canoe race down the Yahara River, with one portage at the Forton St bridge in downtown Stoughton, ending near Mandt Park on Riverside Dr. Classes available: Men, Women, Mixed, Juniors (15-17 yrs), Youth (14 yrs & under) Adult/Child (25 & older / 14 & younger).

About 17 teams raced canoes on the Yahara River, enjoying beautiful weather.
The race is part of this weekend's Marquette Waterfront Festival.
Everyone who took part in the race took a prize home.

Yahara River for Canoeing in the city of Madison, - Dane County (Southeast Wisconsin).


Yahara River Madison, WI 53701
United States

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