This year's Wisconsin River trip is planned to start on
Friday June 1 at the Veterans Memorial Park Boat Landing in Sauk City and end
at the Victoria Riverside Park Boat Landing in Muscoda, Wis. on Sunday June
3. It will cover 46 miles in three
days. We will be camping out for two
nights on the many islands in the river, as we did last year or in the
The river is a real scenic beauty with very little boat
traffic or residential buildup on its banks.
It is planned to shuttle cars to Muscoda at 9:00 am on June
1, and launch at noon. There is camping
at the Veterans Memorial Park Boat Landing in Sauk City. I plan to stay
there Thursday Night May 31, eating at a restaurant to avoid eating my own
cooking and would enjoy company. We
should arrive at Muscoda about noon on Sunday.
Participants should be intermediate paddlers and have
camping equipment and provisions for three days.
Tonight was a lovely night for paddling on Busse Lake--sunny, light breeze and that wonderful fresh
Pat L., Jim B., Jim K. (sorry I called you Bruce!), Mike Z., CASKA's cutest newlyweds, Emily and Pierre,
and I took full advantage of the evening. We followed the shore of the lake and then ducked under Higgins Road. From there we paddled--and poled--through the shallow Salt River delta into the Salt River itself. We paddled north, passing under the Northwest Tollway, and then pressed forward into terra incognita, territory outside of the map that Jim B. had brought along.
We continued paddling up the river--imagine the journey upriver in Apocalypse Now, but without the machine guns--until rocks persuaded those in fiberglass boats to turn around. Pat L. at this point supplied us with pieces of a delicious chocolate creation. Good timing.
We paddled back to the launch site. The sun was setting and the colors were especially rich. Emily and Pierre practiced their "CASKA paddler, move aside" yell for Sunday's Des Plaines River race. (Pierre's got a new ringer boat so watch out.) Jim K. made the first tentative moves toward paddling on an edge, a positive step for him. Jim B. and Pat were the first ones back and demonstrated their superior gear stowing and packing up skills. Mike Z. made (and regretted making) several paddling resolutions that he wants to accomplish before he rewards himself with a drysuit. A fine paddle all around.
Next Friday night Mike Zink and Pat Lutsch will lead the Busse Lake paddlers. Watch this list for details. And join them."
This year is the 50th Anniversary Des Plaines River Marathon!
This Sunday, May 20th, some 2,000 people will gather in Northern Illinois to paddle an enjoyable 18.5 miles on the beautiful and historic Des Plaines River. There are multiple classes for kayaks and canoes, along with an open racing class and a non-competitive class for those who do not wish to be scored.
This event is a great attraction not only for the race itself, but provides a day for people to get together and enjoy a day in celebration of paddle sports. While there are some serious racers at this event, one will also find that a large percentage of the attendance is there to paddle at their own pace- not to mention the "best decorated boat" contest, which also brings lots of laughs to the event.
This event is put on with the cooperation of the Lake and Cook County Forest Preserve Districts. Shuttles are provided along with vendors/picnic in place at the end of the race. If you think it would be fun to padde 18.5 miles on the Des Plaines, this event will ensure your enjoyment. For details, check out the Des Plaines Canoe Marathon website. See you on the water!
Pat Lutsch and Tom Bamonte will lead a Busse Lake Paddle on Friday, May 18th. Launch time 5:00 pm, feel free to join the group later (paddle until sunset). More details to follow, otherwise contact the trip leaders above with questions.
John Schubert: "It was so great for me to be drifting backwards down the River, taking this picture, after cajoling this large group into the great "Raft Up".
Everyone got along, stayed together, socialized, it was JUST A GREAT DAY, we had the wind and current at our backs......I just hope that the pics in the gallery shortly will entice even more people next year.
I never get tired of the long drift along the Fox Dells....as I was last in.
It couldn't get better !!! Wish I was there now."
*For more trip photos, see gallery link in this blog's menu!
Last night Steve & I paddled out to the crib off montrose. And conditions were so smooth that we didn't stop. A half mile beyond the cribs we stopped for snack and changed course north. Then we decided to have a little fun with the sailboats. Its not often on the lake that you can pass sailboats. The wind was so calm and we easily passed them. sunset was stunning as usual. Back on shore Steve couldn't get enough of the beautiful night. The last I saw of him was rounding the fish hook pier and heading towards Belmont harbor for a couple more hours of night paddling. Sorry no long list of birds on this trip.
Wed nights we will continue to launch off montrose and the first "official" wed night paddle is May 30. Let me know if you want to join us. The more the merrier. Lake temps are coming up."
"The paddle from Romeoville to Joliet was pleasant and easy. Paddling were Jerry, Art, Ted and myself. There were the usual small rapids, but the water was higher than last year and we bumped against very few rocks.
Most of the seven miles of the river we paddled are very scenic. The heavy industry in the area becomes intrusive only in the last mile.
We saw six deer, two pairs of Egrets and a Great Blue Heron. This
is all the wildlife we could identify since our knowledge of birds is
not great, I forgot my binoculars and the river is much wider than up
Greg Weiss been involved with building and teaching the
building of skin boats for several years, and co-runs the annual “lake
superior traditional ways gathering” (http://tradtionalways.org with
a new site coming soon)The gathering is located on a
fantastic private beach near Ashland, WI. Every year he brings his boats and
invites other traditional boat builders and paddlers. This year he extends an invitation to CASKA member as well to attend.
He is inviting folks with traditional boatbuilding and/or
paddling experience, and hopes to have a nice small “fleet” on the
beach. Boat building instructors could pick up a few new clients, provide
demonstrations, etc. The web site (presently under complete overhaul) can
accept sponsor advertisements as well - those interested should contact Greg directly.
Goal is getting people here and
introducing them to the world of traditional kayaking. Please visit the traditionalways.org website or e-mail Greg if you are interested in more information or possibly attending this event.