This is one of the great paddling rivers of Southern Wisconsin. It’s highlight are exotically textured limestone cliffs which you rarely see in other parts of the state.
Hwy 61 to Mt. Ridge Road
Date Paddled: September 28th, 2019
Distance: 4.8 miles
Time: 4 hours 15 minutes (2-3 hours would be more typical)
This is about as far upstream on the Grant River that you can paddle. There are some fun rapids and scenic outcrops...but there is a lot of mud and pasture to deal with. There are also 3-4 logjams, one of which forced me to take an unplanned swim.Read More...
Mt. Ridge Road to Pine Knob Road
Date Paddled: October 27th, 2018
Distance: 2.6 miles
Time: 2 hours 10 minutes (75 minutes would be more typical)
The far upper portion of the Grant River (called the Rogers Branch) is actually navigable during high water. This was a surprisingly nice trip through trout-land with no logjams, fun rapids and scenic limestone rock formations.Read More...
University Farm Road to Short Cut Road
Date Paddled: August 11th, 2018
Distance: 3.7 miles
Time: 3 hours 5 minutes (2 hours would be more typical)
An obscure upstream segment on the Grant River that was a mixed bag. The access spots were a bit challenging and the water a bit muddy...but there were some nice limestone outcrops and rapids.Read More...
Short Cut Road fishing access to Grant River Road
Date Paddled: August 31st, 2014
Distance: 5.4 miles
Time: 5 hours 59 minutes (atypical expect 2-3 hours)
Not being the cleanest river nor the best wilderness experience, the Grant River is pretty much a one-trick pony. But it is a good trick though! What makes the Grant special are the occasional limestone and sandstone bluffs, which are fantastic and make this trip worth doing. Put-in: For a river fraught with access issues, […]Read More...
Grant River Rd to Blackjack Rd
Date Paddled: August 13th, 2021
Distance: 6.4 miles
Time: Expect 3 hours
This is yet another great leg on the Grant River with fun rapids and scenic outcrops. A surprise highlight were the many sandstone cliffs, since most of the Grant cuts through limestone.Read More...
Hwy U to Camel Ridge Road
Date Paddled: July 25th, 2020
Distance: 5.7 miles
Time: Expect 2.5 hours
Fast current, beautiful scenery, 9+ sandstone outcrops, fun rapids, and zero logjams--another winning trip on the Grant River.Read More...
Camel Ridge Road to Chaffie Hollow Road
Date Paddled: August 24th, 2019
Distance: 3.1 miles
Time: 3 hours 5 minutes (90 minutes would be more typical)
Between the back fields and hidden valleys of the Driftless Area flows one of the most popular tubing stretches in the state. Despite the heavy tube traffic, this segment of the Grant is still a great kayak trip, with highlights being good current, sandstone outcrops, and a fantastic "dripping rock."Read More...