Fever River (aka the Galena River)
This is a historic river the starts in Wisconsin and runs through Illinois. Often it doesn’t have enough water to kayak, but when it does it’s a great paddle.
Bean Street to Hwy W
Date Paddled: June 24th, 2017
Distance: 8.0 miles
Time: 5 hours 21 minutes (4 hours would be more typical)
If you are willing to duck under a few fences, this section will reward you with amazing limestone outcrops and fun rapids.Read More...
Hwy W Park to Ensch Road
Date Paddled: June 14th, 2014
Distance: 6.2 Miles
Time: 5 hours 25 minutes (not representative)
The name of the river is confusing, because while originally named the Fever River, the state of Illinois (shamed to have a river named after smallpox) renamed it to the Galena River. This left mapmakers in Wisconsin confused…to this day. On the flip side, some old Galena residents in Illinois still refer to it as […]Read More...
Hwy W to Council Hill Rd Bridge
Date Paddled: May 7th, 2023
Distance: 11.8 miles
Time: 4.5 hours
A guest review for the Fever River that starts in one state and ends in another.Read More...
W. Buckhill Road to Galena Boat Landing
Date Paddled: August 26th, 2022
Distance: 5.0 miles
Time: Expect 2-3 hours
This trip is a mediocre paddle, but it ends with a bang in historic and attractive Galena.Read More...