General Category => Northern IL Rivers => Topic started by: MikeC on April 15, 2015, 08:41:24 AM

Title: Lower Wisconsin River
Post by: MikeC on April 15, 2015, 08:41:24 AM
The Lower Wisconsin River State Riverway is a state-funded project designed to protect the southern portion of the Wisconsin River. It extends 93 miles (150 km) from Sauk City to the point where the Wisconsin River empties into the Mississippi, about 10 miles (16 km) south of the city of Prairie du Chien. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources manages protected lands of over 75,000 acres (300 km2), including the river itself, islands, and some lands adjacent to the river.

There are no dams or man-made obstructions to the natural flow of water between the hydroelectric dam just north of Sauk City and the confluence of the Wisconsin and the Mississippi. This long stretch of free-flowing river provides important natural habitats for a variety of wildlife, including white-tail deer, otter, beaver, turtles, sandhill cranes, eagles, hawks, and a variety of fish species.

Recreational opportunities on the lower Wisconsin River range from fishing and canoeing to tubing and camping. Canoe camping is particularly popular because of the abundance of suitable sandbars along the riverway and because no permits are required. On summer weekends, naturists can be found on Mazo Beach which is north of the village of Mazomanie. According the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, two thirds of river users can be found on the stretch between Prairie du Sac and Spring Green.

Map (http://i.imgur.com/5NFkv8f.png)

Source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin_River#Lower_Wisconsin_River_State_Riverway)
Title: Re: Lower Wisconsin River
Post by: MikeC on April 15, 2015, 11:22:55 AM
Current Water Conditions:

Near Lake Tomahawk - Gage Height (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwisweb/graph?agency_cd=USGS&site_no=05391000&parm_cd=00065&period=7) - Discharge (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwisweb/graph?agency_cd=USGS&site_no=05391000&parm_cd=00060&period=7)
At Merrill - Gage Height (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwisweb/graph?agency_cd=USGS&site_no=05395000&parm_cd=00065&period=7) - Discharge (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwisweb/graph?agency_cd=USGS&site_no=05395000&parm_cd=00060&period=7)
At Rothschild - Gage Height (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwisweb/graph?agency_cd=USGS&site_no=05398000&parm_cd=00065&period=7) - Discharge (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwisweb/graph?agency_cd=USGS&site_no=05398000&parm_cd=00060&period=7)
Near Wisconsin Dells - Gage Height (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwisweb/graph?agency_cd=USGS&site_no=05404000&parm_cd=00065&period=7) - Discharge (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwisweb/graph?agency_cd=USGS&site_no=05404000&parm_cd=00060&period=7)
At Muscoda - Gage Height (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwisweb/graph?agency_cd=USGS&site_no=05407000&parm_cd=00065&period=7) - Discharge (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwisweb/graph?agency_cd=USGS&site_no=05407000&parm_cd=00060&period=7)

Wisconsin River put-ins (http://www.paddleaway.com/put_ins?river_id_param=2042&sort_order_param=east)
Title: Re: Lower Wisconsin River
Post by: ConradM on June 23, 2017, 02:05:06 AM
I [;an on visiting this river soon for some canoing. What are the conditions like?