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Wisconsin whitewater, Little Platte River

Grant county, Old Lancaster Road to Stumptown Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     5.4 miles
2011, Paddled this beautiful river in mid April. You can use the gauge from the nearby platte river to help decide about paddling. The Platte gauge was at 3.93 feet and the Little Platte was good, but the boats took some scrapes. We paddled from Old Lancaster (put in is fair) to Maple Center Rd, about 3 hours. Almost uncountable fun little easy class II sections with a couple of 90 degree corners that would rate as solid class II. Higher
    water would make those challenging for inexperienced paddlers. The scenery is magnificent, with many bluffs along the river, many coming right down to the water. This little known, seldom paddled river is not to be missed.
Says Bill

We were two stupid college kids using makeshift paddles and $10 rubber rafts trying to go from Old Lancaster road to County D. I have been canoeing lots on lakes and I would say it would be very difficult to make much progress on this stream. There are a lot of small rapids with low rocks. There were parts that were only a few inches deep. We were lucky a lot because our rubber rafts only sit a few inches into the water,
but I would think a canoe or kayak might cause problems. Also watch out for a barb wire stretching across about .5 above county D. If you don't mind carrying your canoe a lot, this stream is fairly gentle. There are some pretty rock walls too. I would not recommend this stream in the dry season though. Says Scott

Took my wife and two kids to the Little Platte yesterday (8/12/06). We are beginners when it comes to canoeists. It's a small stream with fun rapids. We only had one place where we could have filled our canoe with water, but overall felt it was a very safe stretch of water with depths of 3 to 4 feet. Most rapids were shallow and required us to read them correctly or become stuck on them. No problems though, because if you get stuck on a rock, you get out and drag your watercraft through the rapids. We had heavy aluminum canoes which was good because we met up with plenty of rocks and bad because we sat pretty low in the water. Spring time might be more fun when there is more water in the stream. The put in at Old Lancaster road was a steep one, but we couldn't find a better place to put in locally. Says Brad

Little Platte River, Old Lancaster Road to Stumptown Road road map
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These outdoors activities are available near Little Platte River.
 Whitewater Near Little Platte River:
Little Platte River, Grant County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5.4 miles long (Old Lancaster Road to Stumptown Road)
 Ski Areas Near Little Platte River:
Chestnut Mountain, Illinois , 23 miles away, 475 foot drop, 4 lifts, 17 runs
Sundown Mountain, Iowa , 24 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 20 runs
Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin , 53 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 63 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park, Illinois , 68 miles away, 262 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Mount La Crosse, Wisconsin , 69 miles away, 516 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Devils Head, Wisconsin , 71 miles away, 500 foot drop, 16 lifts, 28 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 79 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
 Marinas Near Little Platte River:
Dubuque Marina, Dubuque , 14 miles away
Arrowhead Marina, Dubuque , 14 miles away
Mid-Town Marina, East Dubuque , 15 miles away
Massey Marina Campgrounds, Dubuque , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Little Platte River:
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Platteville, WI, Platteville , 3 miles away
Super 8 Platteville, Platteville , 3 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Belmont , 12 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Dubuque Downtown, Dubuque , 14 miles away
Quality Inn East Dubuque, East Dubuque , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Platte River:
Moundview Park, Platteville, 4 miles away
Rustic Barn Campground, Kieler, 10 miles away
Grant River, Potosi, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Platte River:
Effigy Mounds National Monument, Harpers Ferry - IA , 50 miles away
Mines of Spain State Park, Iowa , 16 miles away
Governor Dodge State Park, Wisconsin , 32 miles away
Nelson Dewey State Park, Wisconsin , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Platte River:
Platteville Golf-Country Club, Platteville , 4 miles away
Cole Acres Golf Course, Cuba City , 10 miles away
Municipal Golf Course, Lancaster , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Platte River
O'Leary Lake, Grant , 13 miles away
Mud Lake, Dubuque , 14 miles away

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