While not as scenic as neighboring Grant River, this is still one of the elite paddling rivers in Southern Wisconsin. Highlights includes limestone boulders, fun rapids, and scenic outcrops.
Coon Hollow Road to Hwy A
Date Paddled: April 2nd, 2023
Distance: 3.8 miles
Time: Expect 2 hours
This Upper Platte River leg isn't perfect. It does need high water levels to be runnable and the shoreline erosion is unsightly. But, the rapids and limestone cliffs are fantastic.Read More...
Hwy A to Airport Road
Date Paddled: July 9th, 2016
Distance: 6.3 Miles
Time: 4 hours 32 minutes (3 hours is more typical)
An upstream section of the Platte with fantastic limestone outcrops and fun riffles. This section however is negatively impacted by grazing and does run dry in late summer though.Read More...
Airport Road Bridge to Platte Road bridge
Date Paddled: August 4th, 2013
Distance: 5 Miles
Time: 3.5 Hours
Located in the SW corner of the state, the Platte is a very nice river often overlooked by paddlers. Unlike its more popular neighbor, the Grant, it has little in the way of rock outcroppings (although it has a few). It also suffers somewhat from poor agricultural use and barbed wires running across the river. […]Read More...
Platte Road to Big Platte Road
Date Paddled: June 14th, 2015
Distance: 5.1 Miles
Time: 4 hours (2.5 hours would be more typical)
A fine southwestern Wisconsin paddle with many fun but safe rapids. This is mostly a rural farm paddle, but is still scenic with great views of the driftless hills.Read More...