Wisconsin River Kayak Camping
3 Days, 2 Nights
Village of Muscoda, WI
The beautiful stretch of the Wisconsin State Riverway is ideal for easy paddling and camping. Just a few hours northwest of Chicago, the Wisconsin River provides a perfect escape that surrounds you with beautiful scenery and the sounds of nature. If you are looking for a weekend getaway that will refresh and reward you, look no further.
Day 1: The group and guides convene at the Village of Muscoda Campground where we talk over the schedule for the next two days, adjust gear as needed, share some snacks around the campfire and enjoy the view from our bluffside camp before turning in for the night.
Day 2: After a quick breakfast we pack everything into our vehicles and head for the riverside. While one guide organizes a vehicle shuttle, the other will assist in loading all the necessary gear into the kayaks. When the vehicles and gear are in place we launch our boats onto the picturesque Lower Wisconsin River. Keep your cameras ready for herons, turtles and bald eagles. After a couple hours we’ll stop for a riverside lunch, munching sandwiches, fruit and snacks as the current slides downstream. Then it’s back into the boats for more paddling. After we’ve paddled about 15 miles downstream, we pull our boats up onto a sandy beach or island and pitch camp for the night.
Day 3: After a hearty breakfast we break camp and pack the boats. We have about 10 miles of downstream distance to cover today. After a couple hours paddling we pull up to our take out spot where we find our pre-shuttled vehicle just waiting to be loaded up with boats and gear. From here we drive back to the launch site where everyone’s vehicles are waiting.
According to research the Wisconsin River is Wisconsin’s longest river. The river is 430 miles long. The Wisconsin River is a tributary of the Mississippi River. The river’s name was first recorded in 1673 as Meskousing. In the 19th century is when the name was simplified to Wisconsin.
History Trivia: The highest waterfall on the river is Grandfather Falls in Lincoln County.