While large muddy banks can be an eyesore, the Baraboo River is a pleasant paddle with some really nice stretches. Highlights include many sandstone outcrops and fun rapids by the city of Baraboo.
Schultz Park to Hwy 82
Date Paddled: May 23rd, 2020
Distance: 4.0 miles
Time: 3 hours 17 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes would be more typical)
An exploratory adventure on the far upper Baraboo. Highlights included four outcrops, but deadfall was a nuisance and I did have to portage several times.Read More...
Union Center to Wonewoc
Date Paddled: September 11th, 2011
Distance: 6.2 Miles
Time: 3 Hours
This is as about upstream as you can get on the Baraboo. I believe you can put in further upstream (it seems deep enough…barely) but the main shuttle company in the area doesn’t like to because the river cuts through a golf course and their insurance company won’t cover this. This section is cleared out […]Read More...
Wayside Park to Kalepp Road
Date Paddled: June 21st, 2020
Distance: 4.6 miles
Time: Expect 2 hours
Although muddy and weed-lined, this otherwise uninteresting section of the "Boo" is the location of three scenic sandstone outcrops, including one of the biggest on the entire river.Read More...
Kalepp Road to N. Dutch Hollow Road
Date Paddled: May 16th, 2020
Distance: 5.3 miles
Time: 3 hours 33 minutes
This is an obscure section of the Baraboo River that has some nice outcrops and a terrific bike shuttle. Unfortunately mud and downed trees were an eyesore.Read More...
N. Dutch Hollow Road to N. River Road in La Valle
Date Paddled: July 25th, 2015
Distance: 3.84 Miles
Time: 4 hours 15 minutes (2 hours would be more typical)
A rarely paddled section of the Baraboo River that is quite pleasant. Highlights include seven rock outcrops and some fun little rapids to end the trip.Read More...
La Valle Public Ramp to Lake Redstone County Park
Date Paddled: August 5th, 2012
Distance: 4 Miles
This is a nice little section of the Baraboo River between the city of La Valle and a take-out near Lake Redstone. Put in at the main boat ramp on the west end of town. You can’t park at the bar there…but have to drive a block north and park at the bike park where […]Read More...
Hwy 136 to North Freedom Park
Date Paddled: September 26th, 2020
Distance: 8.2 miles
Time: Expect 4 hours
This is one of the most scenic stretches on the entire Baraboo River. Highlights include steep gorges, riverside boulders and scenic outcrops.Read More...
North Freedom Park to Giese Park
Date Paddled: August 6th, 2022
Distance: 7.4 miles
Time: Expect 3-4 hours
Although an easy paddle with no obstructions, this is largely a humdrum section...with three big exceptions.Read More...
Giese Park to Gander World
Date Paddled: July 9th, 2011
Distance: 3 miles
Time: ~1.5 hours
A popular add-on trip to the city of Baraboo section. There are no rapids, but there it was still a pleasant section of the river with a few rock outcrops.Read More...
Gander Outdoors to Glenville Landing
Date Paddled: June 30th, 2018
Distance: 4.9 miles
Time: 3 hours 19 minutes (2 hours would be more typical)
Of all Baraboo River segments this is my favorite. The highlight was the rapids which are among the best and most fun for beginner whitewater paddlers in Southern Wisconsin.Read More...
Glenville Landing to Luebke Landing
Date Paddled: September 23rd, 2023
Distance: 5.1 miles
Time: Expect 2-3 hours
A pleasant trip, but a little boring at times. I would rate this as one of the more uninteresting sections of the Baraboo. On the plus side it had no portages for logjams (as of 2023) and remains plenty navigable even during big droughts.Read More...
Wayside Park to Hwy U
Date Paddled: October 14th, 2015
Distance: 3.81 Miles
Time: 2 hours 33 minutes (2 hours would be more typical)
A return to the Baraboo River to check out a more obscure paddling segment. Not elite with highway noise to contend with, but pleasant with no log jams and attractive wooded banks.Read More...
Cty U Bridge to Waterfront Road Landing
Date Paddled: June 30th, 2013
Distance: 5 Miles
This is the last paddlable segment on the Baraboo River before it hits the Wisconsin. Normally this is a mediocre prospect due to dirty water, lack of sandbars, and occasional log jams (rumor has it that it might have been cleaned out locally). But it’s not a bad section to paddle that can be very […]Read More...