Pecatonica River – East Branch
The East Branch is a solid river for paddling. As a general rule the further upstream you go, the better the scenery…but also the greater the likelihood of logjams.
Hwy 39 Bridge to Horseshoe Bend Road
Date Paddled: August 9th, 2014
Distance: 7.4 Miles
Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
An underrated prospect located 40 minutes southwest of Madison, with nice plantlife and tree canopies, but most of all, some splendid rock bluffs. There is a decent chance you haven’t heard of the East Branch of the Pecatonica River, as many paddle review sources do not cover it. This is odd…but kind of a consistent […]Read More...
Blanchardville Dam to Hwy 78
Date Paddled: September 18th, 2021
Distance: 3.8 miles
Time: Expect 2 hours
This is a weaker stretch of the East Branch, but it wasn't a bad paddle. It's most memorable feature was the Blanchardville dam at the put-in which is photogenic.Read More...
Hwy 78 to River Road Landing
Date Paddled: September 30th, 2023
Distance: 6.2 miles
Time: Expect ~3 hours
A pleasant stretch with open scenery, Driftless Area hills, and a handful of rock outcrops. On the downside some sections are a bit boring and open pasture has degraded parts of the river.Read More...
River Road to Argyle Boat Landing
Date Paddled: July 16th, 2023
Distance: 7.2 miles
Time: 3.25 hours
A guest review for a scenic stretch of the East Branch which features impressive outcrops.Read More...
River Road in Argyle to Hwy M in Woodford
Date Paddled: July 22nd, 2023
Distance: 9.2 miles
Time: 3.5 hours
A guest review for a scenic stretch of the East Branch between Argyle and Woodford.Read More...
Bonus video below of butterflies siphoning minerals from mud and beating their wings as a hydraulic mechanism.