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 people 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, contact the Riverway Board office Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (608) 739-3188 or by emailing marsha.curtis@wi.gov

The schedule for the canoe trips is as follows:
Thursday, June 20th ~ 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ~ Muscoda to Port Andrew
Tuesday, June 25th ~ 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ~ Muscoda to Port Andrew
Wednesday, June 26th ~ 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ~ Gotham to Muscoda
Monday, July 1st ~ 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ~ Gotham to Muscoda
Tuesday, July 2nd ~ 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ~ Spring Green to Lone Rock
Tuesday, July 9th ~ 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ~ Muscoda to Port Andrew
Thursday, July 11th ~ 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ~ Muscoda to Port Andrew
Monday, July 15th ~ 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ~ Port Andrew to Boscobel
Tuesday, July 16th ~ 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ~ Prairie du Sac to Mazomanie




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.


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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