Ramp at River Rd

River Rd Bridge

First view downstream

Deadfall that can be paddled around

Farm view

Approaching the highlight of the trip

Best outcrop of the trip

Looking upstream

More deadfall that can be paddled around

Yellowstone River confluence

Mud Branch

Muskrat swimming in the river

Final turn

Approaching Argyle

View of the town

Take-out at Argyle Boat Launc


Pecatonica River – East Branch – River Road

Peter Johnson
July 16th, 2023
River Road
Argyle Boat Landing
7.2 miles
3.25 hours

This section of the Pecatonica River is very scenic with changing and diverse landscapes. There are farm fields, lush forests, and rock outcrops along the way.

The trip starts out with mainly farm fields and trees dotting the shoreline. Once the river turns south after viewing a farm in the distance, rock outcrops appear for the best scenery of the trip. After the outcrops, pine trees line the river until the vegetation thickens into deep woods.

Once the vegetation thins, there is a house at a river bend where there are more outcrops to the left and a golf course to the right. The course isn’t very visible but there were sounds from people playing.

After the Yellowstone River flows into The Pec, the golf course no longer parallels the channel and the river starts to turn towards Argyle. There’s a horseshoe bend where the river switches back west, then turns south briefly. The final turn east has outcrops and houses start to dot the river when entering Argyle.

This stretch of the Pecatonica River is a scenic, yet easy trip. There are no logjams or rapids, and the current is decent for the most part. The two landings are well maintained and make launching easy. The Pecatonica is a hidden gem that’s worth checking out.

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Detailed Overview

  • Upstream of Hwy Hk:  Too many logjams to recommend.
  • Hwy Hk to Burma Road:  1.3 miles.  An ok prospect with perhaps some obstructions.
  • Burma Road to Star Valley Road1st 2.0 miles.  An interesting prospect with good scenery and not too many logjams.
  • Star Valley Road1st to Hwy 39:  3.1 miles.  Good scenery potential but too congested.
  • Hwy 39 to Horseshoe Bend Road 7.6 miles.
    • Hwy 39 to McKenna Road:  3.9 miles.  A pleasant section with a rock outcrop near the take-out.
    • McKenna Road to Horseshoe Bend Road:  3.7 miles.  Another pleasant section with a massive rock wall.
  • Horseshoe Bend to Blanchardville Dam:  3.6 miles.  Less interesting prospect compared to the immediate upstream section.  This part of the river has seen tornado damage, but this should be mostly cleared up now.
  • Blanchardville Dam to Hwy 78:  3.9 miles.
    • Blanchardville Dam to Gordon Creek Landing:  0.3 miles.  A short, but pleasant stretch through the outskirts of Blanchardville.
    • Gordon Creek Landing to Hwy 78:  3.5 miles.  While not bad, this is one of the lesser interesting stretches.
  • Hwy 78 to River Road:  6.4 miles.  A pleasant stretch with open scenery, Driftless Area hills, and a handful of rock outcrops.  On the downside some parts are a bit boring and open pasture has degraded some of the river.
  • River Road to Argyle Boat Launch:  7.4 miles.  A good stretch with impressive outcrops.
  • River Street in Argyle to Hwy M in Woodford:  9.3 miles.
    • Argyle River Street to Blackhawk Memorial Park:  8.3 miles.  No outcrops and a lot of farm scenery.  Not as nice as previous sections but still decent.
    • Blackhawk Memorial Park to Hwy M:  1.0 miles.  Section includes a very large island.  You must take the east channel to reach the access on M.
  • Hwy M to Cisserville Road:  6.4 miles.  Probably uninteresting.
  • Cisserville Road to Mouth:  2.2 miles.  Probably a weak prospect.
  • Mouth to Hwy 11:  3.2 miles.  A leg on the Pecatonica River (main branch) to reach a take-out.

Trip Map

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