This is a classic paddling river located in Southeastern Wisconsin. The highlight is the downtown leg which goes through downtown Milwaukee.
Washington Street Dam to Quaas Creek Park
Date Paddled: September 5th, 2020
Distance: 3.9 miles
Time: Expect 90 minutes
The removal of the Woolen Mills Dam has revealed one of the nicer stretches of the Milwaukee River. Highlights include great current, attractive urban riverfront and scenic prairies.Read More...
Quaas Creek Park to Goeden Park
Date Paddled: June 23rd, 2018
Distance: 6.3 miles
Time: 4 hours 6 minutes (3 hours is more typical)
A return to the Upper Milwaukee River for a pleasant and easy float. Highlights include little development, clear water, and good access options.Read More...
Main Street Bridge @ Newburg to Hwy A Bridge
Date Paddled: September 6th, 2014
Distance: 6.0 Miles
Time: 2 hours 54 minutes
This is probably the best section on the Milwaukee River. A fine paddle, with clear, red water; no jams/hazards; swift, fun current; good bank quality; and a surprising amount of wilderness for a river with this namesake. Put-in: Just downstream/east of the Main Street bridge in Newburg is a nice public put-in. Note: while this […]Read More...
Hwy A to Waubedonia Park
Date Paddled: October 15th, 2022
Distance: 5.4 miles
Time: Expect 2-3 hours
A decent leg with good current, some rocky stretches, and nice fall color. The North Branch joins up on this leg and significantly enlarges the river.Read More...
Waubedonia Park to Ehler's Park
Date Paddled: August 9th, 2021
Distance: 5.5 miles
Time: 2 hours
A guest review for the Milwaukee River between Fredonia and Saukville.Read More...
Riverside Park to McKinley Marina
Date Paddled: August 18th, 2018
Distance: 6.3 miles
Time: 4 hours 4 minutes (3 hours is more typical)
A fantastic paddle on the last segment of the Milwaukee River, which flows through the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Highlights include Wisconsin's tallest buildings, fantastic architecture, moveable bridges, large tour boats, and a great view of the Milwaukee Riverwalk.Read More...