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Wisconsin whitewater, Baraboo River

Sauk county, Highway 12 to Highway 113 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I(II)     4.5 miles
  The natural beauty of Sauk County and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in location is a short drive from Baraboo, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. There's camping available near Baraboo River. This river system has a few good paddling stretches
    and the Highway 12 to Highway 113 section is one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Wisconsin tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are
suitable for beginners. There are nice comfortable hotels here, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you won't find many other paddling rivers. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. The Highway 12 to Highway 113 section of Baraboo River in Sauk County is 4.5 miles long and it is classified as a class I(II) section by American  
Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Mirror Lake State Park is a delightful location any time of year, and you'll meet a lot of people from Baraboo here. Devil's Lake State Park is a wonderful place to stretch your legs a bit, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Baraboo River; West Bluff Trail is a good local trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Really good skiing awaits you at Devils Head; there's tremendous hiking along the Bluff Trail. High temperatures at Baraboo River during the warm months are in the 80's while night lows are commonly in the 50's.

Baraboo River, Highway 12 to Highway 113 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Baraboo River.
 Whitewater Near Baraboo River:
Baraboo River, Sauk County, 2 miles away
      Class I(II) - 4.5 miles long (Highway 12 to Highway 113)
Skillet Creek, Sauk County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.8 miles long (Gasser Road)
Wisconsin River, Sauk County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Prairie du Sac)
 Ski Areas Near Baraboo River:
Devils Head, Wisconsin , 8 miles away, 500 foot drop, 16 lifts, 28 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 11 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 16 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin , 21 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Nordic Mountain, Wisconsin , 51 miles away, 265 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Chestnut Mountain, Illinois , 73 miles away, 475 foot drop, 4 lifts, 17 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 74 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Sundown Mountain, Iowa , 89 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 20 runs
Highlands of Olympia, Wisconsin , 89 miles away, 205 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Alpine Valley, Wisconsin , 98 miles away, 388 foot drop, 14 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Baraboo River:
River Bay Campground and Marina, Wisconsin Dells , 8 miles away
 Beaches Near Baraboo River:
Silver Lake Beach, Columbia , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Baraboo River:
Inn At Wawanissee Point, Baraboo , 0 miles away
Thunderbird Motor Inn, Baraboo , 1 miles away
Clarion Hotel And Convention Center, Baraboo , 2 miles away
BEST WESTERN Baraboo Inn, West Baraboo , 2 miles away
Holiday Inn Express WISCONSIN DELLS, Wisconsin Dells , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Baraboo River:
Mirror Lake State Park, Baraboo, 1 miles away
Nordic Pines Resort, Baraboo, 2 miles away
Wheeler's Campground, Baraboo, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Baraboo River:
Bluff Trail, Sauk , 2 miles away
West Bluff Trail, Sauk , 2 miles away
East Bluff Trail, Sauk , 3 miles away
East Bluff Woods Trail, Sauk , 3 miles away
Grottos Trail, Sauk , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Baraboo River:
Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Madison - WI , 30 miles away
North Country National Scenic Trail, Madison - WI , 30 miles away
Devil's Lake State Park, Wisconsin , 3 miles away
Mirror Lake State Park, Wisconsin , 8 miles away
Rocky Arbor State Park, Wisconsin , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Baraboo River:
Baraboo Country Club, Baraboo , 1 miles away
Fairfield Hills Golf Course & Range, Baraboo , 4 miles away
Wild Rock Golf Club, Wisconsin Dells , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Baraboo River
Lake Delton, Sauk , 7 miles away
Lake Wisconsin, Columbia , 8 miles away
Mirror Lake, Sauk , 8 miles away

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