MUSCODA.....The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board will sponsor a series of canoe outings on the Wisconsin River in late June and July.  The large voyageur replica canoes commissioned by the State of Wisconsin in conjunction with the sesquicentennial in 1998 will be used for the trips that will explore different segments of the river.  Seating is limited to 14 persons for each excursion and reservations are required.  A waiting list will be developed in case of cancellations.  The excursions will be led by Mark Cupp, Riverway Board Executive Director. Water levels and weather permitting, a sandbar stop will be included in each trip.  Participants should bring their own beverages, food, sunscreen and bug spray.  No glass containers are allowed.  Lifejackets and paddles will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own personal flotation device.  Small groups may sign-up for the trips but should do so early to assure adequate space is available.

To make a reservation or to ask questions about the canoe trips, ontact the Riverway Board office Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (608) 739-3188 or 1-800-221-3792. 

The schedule for the canoe trips is as follows:

Thursday, June 27th  Muscoda to Port Andrew 10:00a.m.- 2:00p.m.
Friday, June 28th  Gotham to Muscoda 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Tuesday, July 2nd Port Andrew to Boscobel 9:00a.m - 2: 00p.m.
Wednesday, July 3rd  Muscoda to Port Andrew 9: 00a.m- 1:00p.m.
Monday, July 8th Spring Green to Lone Rock 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Tuesday, July 9th  Lone Rock to Gotham 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Thursday, July 11th Muscoda to Port Andrew 12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Monday, July 15th  Prairie du Sac to Mazomanie 4:00p.m. -7:00p.m.


In 1989, Governor Tommy Thompson signed Wisconsin Act 31 which created the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. This historic action represented the culmination of years of planning and followed hundreds of hours of public meetings. The Riverway legislation was born from a compromise crafted by legislators from both political parties. The Riverway extends 92.3 miles from below the dam at Prairie du Sac to the confluence with the Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien and encompasses 95,893 acres. The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for administering a land acquisition program within the project boundaries.


The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board, was created to administer the new law. The Board is composed of nine members of which six must be local residents or local elected officials from the affected counties (Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Iowa, Richland and Sauk). The agency administers a system of "performance standards" which are designed to protect the aesthetic integrity of the Riverway. Permits are required for structures, timber harvesting, utility facilities and other activities. A number of activities are now prohibited within the Riverway. However, most activities associated with an agricultural operation are exempt from the new regulations.


Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board
202 North Wisconsin Avenue
P.O. Box 187
Muscoda, Wisconsin  53573
Phone:  608-739-3188  FAX:  608-739-4263

Toll Free Phone:  1-800-221-3792






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