How long a river experience are you looking for?
What’s your idea of the “perfect trip?”
Are you thinking canoe or kayak?
How “away” are you looking to get?
Single Day Trips
Enjoy an afternoon (3ish hours) or entire day (6ish hours) lounging on the sand bars of the Wisconsin River while you lunch, fish and swim from your discovered “special spot.” Finish at your vehicle (Land, Load and Leave) and move on to your next adventure in the Driftless area.
Never canoe/kayak camped or looking for a quick getaway that will rejuvenate and help you escape the busy outside world on our secluded stretch of the wide, shallow, sandy Wisconsin River? An overnight trip might just be the ticket. You’ll never want to car camp again after a night on your own sand bar!
A great way to extend a weekend or simply give you more time to enjoy and connect with what the Wisconsin River has to offer. Don’t be too bashful about distance, that middle day will allow you to cover a lot of water. There’ll be a lot of long sighs during your trip as you melt into the experience.
For the true adventurer with time and desire! Once you get over the logistics of planning a long trip, the rest is easy. Surrender yourself to the river, and the rewards you will reap! We put out about 100 canoes a year on these longer trips…NO one comes back disappointed. And that shower when you get home…priceless!
About Our Canoe Rentals
Rent one of our lightweight 16′ Wenonah canoes for half a day or up to 7 days paddling a section of the Lower Wisconsin River. With the river current rolling along at roughly 3 mph, it will take approximately 30 hours to paddle the entire 92 miles of the Lower Wisconsin River, should that be your goal. See more about the “hardest working river in the country” here.
Camp Along the Way on the Sand Bars
Camp on the sand bars in the center of the river along the way. No permits are needed. Glass, styrofoam and fireworks are strictly prohibited and there is a hefty fine for those who don’t adhere to the policy courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Please practice “Leave No Trace” ethics on the river.
You will not find better primitive camping within the Midwest! PERIOD! You’ll be too spoiled to ever consider car camping again.
About our Canoes
We have worked very hard since 2003 to provide the best canoes available in the state of Wisconsin. We chose the manufacturer that provides the bulk of the canoes for the Boundary Waters and has been tested over time…Wenonah Canoe, made in the U.S.A. We’ve settled on the Adirondack model, 16′ long, quiet roylex construction, comfortable webbed seats and light weight. If you’ve never paddled a higher end canoe you will be surprised by what you’ve been missing. Everyday we have folks come off the water amazed at the difference a canoe can make for their paddle experience.
Canoe Rental Rates
Our canoes are designed to hold 2 adults and 1 child under 70 lbs. The rental rate includes:
- the boat
- life vests (PFD) (sizes: Infant, 30-50lbs, 50-90lbs, adult universal, Super Grande (50″+ chest)
- transportation up or down river
- Boscobel Land/Launch Fees
- transport of one vehicle per canoe
- any additional vehicles that will incur an additional transport fee
- We expect if anyone in your group has their own boat(s), they will pay the appropriate fee
Organizing a large group? Download our helpful hints for planning.
The Best Location: Boscobel, WI
If you are looking for:
- a quiet and remote stretch of river to paddle
- fewer canoes and people on the river
- generally, your own sand bar to camp on
- at the end of your trip be able to paddle up to your vehicle on your own timeline and pack up and head home without a bus ride back up river (Land, Load, Leave)
Then Boscobel is the stretch of river you want to paddle on. Boscobel is located approximately 90 minutes west of Madison, WI.
Reservations are taken with balance due on Visa, MasterCard or Discover. 100% refund to a WRO gift card should you or WRO need to cancel your trip, unless you’ve purchased Trip Cancellation Protection. See the detailed policy here.
Once your paddle hits the water, there are no refunds or credits.