This is my personal favorite river for Southeastern Wisconsin. Despite flowing through suburban Milwaukee, the Bark is surprisingly clear, rocky and wild.
Merton Dam to Bark River Park
Date Paddled: October 20th, 2019
Distance: 4.9 miles
Time: 5 hours 13 minutes (2-3 hours would be more typical)
Another Ice Age paddle with some great fall color. While the upper Bark River has some five star scenery, there are a few logjams to deal with.Read More...
Bark River Park to Delafield Post Offcie
Date Paddled: August 10th, 2019
Distance: 6.2 miles
Time: 6 hours 33 minutes (3 hours would be more typical)
A varied paddle with a mixture of light whitewater, lake, marsh, and urban paddling. Overall a nice trip but could be an elite trip if a few logjams were to be cleared out.Read More...
St. John's Park to Hwy 67
Date Paddled: August 6th, 2016
Distance: 7.8 Miles
Time: 6 hours 5 minutes ( 3-4 hours would be more typical)
This is a very nice section on the upper Bark River that runs from Nagawicka Lake to Dousman. Part creek, part urban paddle, part lake paddle, part woodland paddle, and part marsh paddle, this has something for everybody.Read More...
Rome Dam to Cushman Road Bridge
Date Paddled: August 30th, 2015
Distance: 5.6 Miles
Time: 4 hours 38 minutes (2-3 hours would be more typical)
A really nice paddle without too much development, great water clarity, fun riffles and interesting wildlife.Read More...
Cushman Rd to Hwy 106
Date Paddled: June 19th, 2021
Distance: 4.4 miles
Time: Expect 2 hours
This leg marks a major demarcation in the Bark as it transforms from a shallow, rocky river with super clear water, to a beat-up floodplain paddle. The first half of this trip was excellent, but the second half not so much.Read More...