3 Days, 2 Nights|
$225 (Under 18)
All kayak gear, transportation of kayak gear to location, shuttle from river take-out, paddling instruction, campsite reservations, food, dishes and utensils, tents|
Personal transportation, clothing, accessories, sleeping bags or pads
Day 1: The group and guides convene at Cedar Hills Campground where we talk over the schedule for the next two days, adjust gear as needed, share some snacks around the campfire and enjoy the view from our bluffside camp before turning in for the night.
Day 2: After a quick breakfast we pack everything into our vehicles and head for the riverside. While one guide organizes a vehicle shuttle, the other will assist in loading all the necessary gear into the kayaks. When the vehicles and gear are in place we launch our boats onto the picturesque Lower Wisconsin River. Keep your cameras ready for herons, turtles and bald eagles. After a couple hours we’ll stop for a riverside lunch, munching sandwiches, fruit and snacks as the current slides downstream. Then it’s back into the boats for more paddling. There’s also an opportunity for a hike to the top of Ferry Bluff, a riverside hilltop with great views of the river. After we’ve paddled about 15 miles downstream, we pull our boats up onto a sandy beach or island and pitch camp for the night.
Day 3: After a hearty breakfast we break camp and pack the boats. We have about 10 miles of downstream distance to cover today. After a couple hours paddling we pull up to our take out spot where we find our pre-shuttled vehicle just waiting to be loaded up with boats and gear. From here we drive back to the launch site where everyone’s vehicles are waiting.
This is all you will need - anything else is unnecessary baggage and will only be extra weight to carry.
All items should be packed in dry bags or double garbage bags. Several smaller bags fit in the kayaks more easily than large bags.
Note that kayak hatches are rarely more than 1 ft. wide.
You may find that you can borrow some of these items if you don’t own them already
- Wetsuit (farmer john style) (can be rented from Northwest Passage)
- 2 t-shirts (one that’s non-cotton)
- 1 towel (small PackTowel® work great!)
- 1 shirt, long sleeved synthetic (non-cotton)
- 2 pairs of shorts (at least one non-cotton)
- Sun/rain hat 1 pair fast drying synthetic long pants - no blue jeans
- 1 light to medium fleece jacket
- 2 pairs shoes/sandals - Tevas, booties, water shoes, light sneakers etc. all work very well - one pair to get wet.
- 2 pair socks (non-cotton)
- 1 pr. synthetic long underwear (medium weight)
- Bathing suit
- Bandanas (optional) (can be used for head covering, washing up, etc)
- Rain gear (jacket and pants) (Paddling jacket works well as top)
- Clean change of clothing for the trip home (should be left in car)
- Toiletry kit (toilet paper, toothbrush, biodegradable soap and shampoo, face cream, nail clippers, personal medication etc.)
- Sunscreen and bug repellent
- Sleeping bag (compact, 3-season) and pad
- Small flashlight, batteries & extra bulb- headlamps are preferred
- Water bottle
- Chums/Croakies to keep glasses on your head are imperative (floating ones are preferable)
- Energy bars/snack food (limited quantities- we will feed you plenty!)
- Pocket knife
- Large plastic cup with handle (e.g. commuter coffee mug) or small lexan Nalgene (for hot drinks)
- Fleece hat and gloves (depending on the weather)
- Ziploc® storage bags (pack small items inside these; also good for packing out wet clothing)
- Paddling gloves (can be any type of open fingered glove e.g. biking gloves, sailing gloves etc.)
- Camera, film, waterproof container
- Reading matter and maps (waterproof case)
- Paddling jacket
- Sewing kit
- Compass Crazy Creek® or similar generic chair (highly recommended for camp use, gives great back support)
- Entertainment (harmonica, cards, games)
What is special about this trip?
You really feel like you’re out in the wilderness on this trip. After we pass the first couple bridges it’s a long stretch of beautiful riverway with little evidence of the nearby towns. Bring your camera for shots of heron, turtle and bald eagles.
How do I get there?
Take interstate 90 to Madison and then get on highway 12. We launch our kayaks just off 12 in Sauk City.
How and where will you meet me?
We will meet you at the campsite the night before we get on the river. We will send directions to the campsite upon registration.
How long will it take me to get there?
It takes about 3-3.5 hours to drive from the Chicago area.
Where should I stay overnight around there?
If you plan to arrive early or stay late, give the office a call for a recommendation on a great place to stay.
What money should I take?
You won’t need any money during the trip. Just bring traveling money.
Do they take plastic there? Are there cash stations?"
Most places in town accept major credit cards and it’s easy to find an ATM.
What's the weather like?
Regular highs are in the mid 80s with overnight lows in the 60s.
What are the accommodations like?
We stay in 2-man Eureka tents.
What do I need to bring?
We will send you a gear list upon registration.
Can I drink the water?
We bring plenty of water with us and also purify water from the river with a filtration pump.
What's the food like?
We plan for hearty meals! Recent menus have included fettuccine and asparagus, fajitas, spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner, pancakes and potatoes for breakfast, and sandwiches and tuna salad for lunch; we also pack plenty of snacks! Please let us know about any special dietary needs and we’ll plan to accommodate you.
What time zone will I be in?
All of Wisconsin is in the Central Time Zone.
How can people reach me in an emergency? Can I call home?
The guides will have their cell phones in town, but reception can be spotty along the river.
How much time do we spend traveling each day? How many miles? Do I have free time?
We paddle about 15 miles the first day and about another 10 on the second. Keep in mind that we are paddling with the current so it is not nearly as daunting as it may sound.
What kind of equipment do you use?
We use plastic sea kayaks, Eureka tents and Coleman stoves.
How many people are on this trip? How many guides? Who are the guides / what are their qualifications?
We typically take between 4 and 10 people on this trip. The guides are ACA and/or BCU certified kayak instructors and are also certified in Wilderness First Aid.
How can I prepare physically for the trip? How much prior experience is needed?
No prior kayaking experience or physical conditioning is necessary for this trip.