Mississippi River

Often the Mississippi can be a bit big for enjoyable paddling.  But there are enjoyable sloughs, islands, and cliffs to explore if you know where to go.

Trip Reports

Long Lake Boat Ramp to Long Lake Boat Ramp

Date Paddled: September 4th, 2022
Distance: 5.0 miles
Time: Expect 3-4 hours

A maze of sloughs close to the mouth of the Black River offers a slow paddle to start, but the second half of the trip was a neat experience with some pleasant surprises.


Goose Island to Goose Island

Date Paddled: September 30th, 2017
Distance: 8.0 miles
Time: 3 hours 36 minutes

Located on the Mississippi south of La Crosse, Goose Island is a popular wildlife area.  An official canoe trail circumnavigates the island with the highlight being the Mississippi bluffs.


Yellow River Landing to McGregor Boat Ramp

Date Paddled: July 22nd, 2023
Distance: 6.6 miles (3.9 without side trips)
Time: Expect 2-3 hours

This is a scenic stretch of the Mississippi with terrific river bluffs.


Wyalusing State Park to Wyalusing State Park

Date Paddled: June 18th, 2017
Distance: 5.0 Miles
Time: 4 hours 21 minutes (2.5 hours would be more typical)

At the junction of Wisconsin's greatest rivers is one of its finest parks.  While normally known for its scenic overlooks, a unique way to experience Wyalusing is to paddle its popular water trail.


Jays Landing to Glen Haven

Date Paddled: July 9th, 2022
Distance: 4.6 miles
Time: 3.5 hrs

A guest review for the Mississippi near Glen Haven.


Lynn Hollow Boat Launch to Lynn Hollow Boat Launch

Date Paddled: July 12th, 2020
Distance: 14.5 miles (round trip)
Time: 5 hours 2 minutes (figure 2 mph)

Hidden in the backwaters between Cassville and the Grant River are a series of cool outcrops and sloughs.


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