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Wisconsin whitewater, Wisconsin River

Sauk county, Prairie du Sac section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     0.1 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Sauk County and the water flowing gracefully down Wisconsin River will make you feel great. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Baraboo, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Wisconsin are easier than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The Prairie
    du Sac stretch of Wisconsin River in Sauk County is 0.1 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you won't find
many other paddling spots. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch is very short so no need to bring snacks. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. This is one of a small  
number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Really tremendous skiing awaits you at Devils Head, and going for a hike on the Grottos Trail is always a splendid adventure. When you're here at Wisconsin River it's always fun to check out Natural Bridge State Park; since you're here you will meet lots of people from nearby Prairie Du Sac. This is a great river. Go for a hike on the East Bluff Trail; Devil's Lake State Park is both great and pretty. From a rain point of view Wisconsin River is a rather typical site.

Wisconsin River, Prairie du Sac road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Wisconsin River.
 Whitewater Near Wisconsin River:
Wisconsin River, Sauk County, 0 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Prairie du Sac)
Skillet Creek, Sauk County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.8 miles long (Gasser Road)
Baraboo River, Sauk County, 9 miles away
      Class I(II) - 4.5 miles long (Highway 12 to Highway 113)
 Ski Areas Near Wisconsin River:
Devils Head, Wisconsin , 9 miles away, 500 foot drop, 16 lifts, 28 runs
Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin , 14 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin , 18 miles away, 460 foot drop, 10 lifts, 35 runs
Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin , 18 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Nordic Mountain, Wisconsin , 56 miles away, 265 foot drop, 6 lifts, 14 runs
Chestnut Mountain, Illinois , 68 miles away, 475 foot drop, 4 lifts, 17 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 82 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
Sundown Mountain, Iowa , 86 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 20 runs
Highlands of Olympia, Wisconsin , 87 miles away, 205 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Alpine Valley, Wisconsin , 94 miles away, 388 foot drop, 14 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Wisconsin River:
River Bay Campground and Marina, Wisconsin Dells , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Wisconsin River:
Thunderbird Motor Inn, Baraboo , 8 miles away
Clarion Hotel And Convention Center, Baraboo , 9 miles away
Best Western Baraboo Inn, West Baraboo , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express WISCONSIN DELLS, Wisconsin Dells , 14 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites At Wisconsin Dells Lake Delton WI, Wisconsin Dells , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wisconsin River:
Snuffy's Campsite, Sauk City, 2 miles away
Cedar Hills Campground, Mazomanie, 5 miles away
Merry Mac's Campground, Merrimac, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Wisconsin River:
Grottos Trail, Sauk , 5 miles away
East Bluff Trail, Sauk , 5 miles away
East Bluff Woods Trail, Sauk , 6 miles away
West Bluff Trail, Sauk , 6 miles away
Bluff Trail, Sauk , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wisconsin River:
Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Madison - WI , 24 miles away
North Country National Scenic Trail, Madison - WI , 24 miles away
Devil's Lake State Park, Wisconsin , 6 miles away
Natural Bridge State Park, Wisconsin , 14 miles away
Mirror Lake State Park, Wisconsin , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wisconsin River:
Lake Wisconsin Country Club, Prairie Du Sac , 1 miles away
Baraboo Country Club, Baraboo , 7 miles away
Devil's Head Resort & Convention Center, Merrimac , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Wisconsin River
Lake Wisconsin, Columbia , 0 miles away
Seeley Lake, Sauk , 12 miles away
Mirror Lake, Sauk , 15 miles away

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