Canoeing at Lower Wisconsin River

 Canoeing in Muscoda WI at Lower Wisconsin River

The Wisconsin River flows 430 miles across the state from Lac Vieux Desert in northern Wisconsin to its junction with the Mississippi River at Wyalusing State Park in southwestern Wisconsin.

Known as 'the nation's hardest working river,' it has many power dams and reservoirs, mainly on its upper and middle portions. Canoeing is especially popular along the lower stretch with beautiful scenery and numerous islands. The southern 92 miles of the river is attractive for family outings as there are no dams to portage. Access and canoe rentals are available at many towns along the way.

The river is broad and relatively shallow with numerous sand bars and islands available for breaks from paddling.

Thousands of people visit the Lower Wisconsin State River way each year for the expressed purpose of canoeing.

Despite its placid appearance, the river may be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not exercised. Always wear a personal floatation device (PFD) when canoeing, boating or wading on the river. The river may drop off from a few inches to several feet within one step. When wading on a sand bar, always walk upstream and walk in pairs.

Avoid flows through hazards such as snags or overhanging branches. If you capsize or step into deep water, do not fight the current. The river is relatively shallow and, by drifting downstream with the current, you should find a spot where you can stand up. IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO SWIM IT, DO NOT CANOE IT OR WADE IT AND ALWAYS WEAR A LIFE PRESERVER!

Lower Wisconsin River for Canoeing in the city of Muscoda, - Grant County (Southwest Wisconsin).


Lower Wisconsin River
P.O. Box 187
Muscoda, WI 53573
United States
Toll Free: 800-221-3792

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