We are blessed on the Wisconsin River with the fact that we have boat landings roughly every 8 miles. While we don’t run trips between all of the boat landings, we have the trip that will be perfect for you within a few miles. Check out Google Maps to familiarize yourself with the Lower Wisconsin River and our put-ins and take outs. We’ve worked hard to provide tons of information about distances from each of our 2 locations as well as what kind of facilities each boat landing has available. If you have any issues, or need help, feel free to call us at 608.375.5300 or email us with your questions.
History says that once we get through May the river tends to drop in flow, sand bars appear and life is great! However, because the river is draining more than half the state of Wisconsin there are times when rain that falls 200 miles north of us will have to flow by at some point. First, this is a wilderness experience and we don’t have control over the rain that falls, the water released from dams up river and other natural factors we have yet to tame so you must be prepared and informed. A few days before your trip it’s always a good idea to look at the weather (Boscobel/Sauk City) and water levels.
Refer to the graphs below for current water level information. This data is updated every 15 minutes to 3 hours by the US Geological Survey (your tax dollars at work!). When we talk about water levels on the WI River we talk about them in cf/s (Cubic Feet per Second). Here’s a break down of what you can expect regarding water levels and river conditions:
>20,000 cf/s there are NO sand bars to camp on, on a calm day we’ll put experienced paddlers in at Statz Boat Landing in Sauk City and we have overnight camping options in Boscobel. ALWAYS wear your life vest!
15,000-20,000 cf/s there are VERY limited sand bars to camp on, we recommend having experience at this water level, especailly if the wind is blowing. Most likely we’ll put you in at the Statz Boat Landing. ALWAYS wear your life vest!
10,000-15,000 cf/s there are limited sand bars available to camp on, you can’t be picky, if you find a sand bar — TAKE IT!
<10,000 cf/s and Life is Good!
3,500-8,000 cf/s are PERFECT conditions.
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It is illegal to be in possession of glass on the Wisconsin River. Assume you WILL be searched by the WI Dept. of Natural Resources. If caught you will face a fine of upto $749 for the possession of glass (beer bottles, jelly jars, mayo jars, wine bottles).
Fireworks are also illegal and punishable by fines. We are trying to provide a peaceful experience for our paddlers and the many migratory birds that we share the river with. Leave your glass and fireworks at home and save yourself the fine for being in possession of them on the river.