Wildwood Outdoor Adventures

Location: Eagle River, Wisconsin

Webpage: Outdoor Outfitter

General Description: Wildwood Outdoor Adventures rent a variety of gear for spending a day on the Wisconsin River including canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, tubes, etc.  There are a number of trips available spanning a range of times and difficulties.  While none of the trips have white water, the upper Wisconsin River is narrow, wild, and could have unexpected obstacles such as down trees across the river.  The lower Wisconsin River is much more gentle and wide with flatwater at the end of the trip.

Impressions:

1) We choose the Lewis and Clark trip down the lower section of the Wisconsin River in one man open kayaks.  This trip begins below the dam and flows rather swiftly for the first 1.5 hours with a few shoals and rocks to navigate around.  At the first takeout it is a simple matter with a phone call to extend the trip for another 45 minutes.  This next section the river is much wider and slower with very little current, but it does get away from the traffic noise you have on the first part.  While the noise was not too bad, it was a distraction at times.  At the second takeout you can again extend the trip another 45 minutes which takes you into a lake for the majority of the last leg.  It can be difficult to find where the river exits the lake, but as long as you continue to paddle down the center of the lake it eventually becomes evident.  With a phone call at any of the takeouts there is a wait of up to 30 minutes for them to come pick you up.  It was an amazing float down the river and since we went during the middle of the week we had the river to ourselves.  For this reason we saw 7-8 bald eagles and even watched one capturing a fish in the river.