Since I am new at this kind of thing, it will be a brief report. The day before I had bought my brand new Prijon Calabria in Madison and took it up to the Baraboo area for its first dippings. I contacted Baraboo's only outfitter, Boo Canoe and kayak. Their shuttle service dropped me and my boat 7 miles upstream. I had the whole river to myself! Although the water level was quite a bit lower than yesterday, the relative narrowness of the river (70 ft at places) kept things at a good clip. The itinerary is to paddle downstream to progressively faster water at the entrance of Baraboo and a class 1 rapid section in the middle of downtown (stay on the left). All along the river, I spotted an otter, a muskrat, and a multitude of birds. The mossy river edges alternated with grazing areas and towering bluffs. The beautiful and lush forest growing alongside the river is a real visual treat. I completed the 7-mile stretch in about 2.5 hours with no rest. A more experienced paddler could probably do it in 2 hours, but when the surroundings are so charming, why rush?
If you want to try this quick trip and do not have a second car, I definitely recommend Boo Canoe shuttle service.
There are numerous campgrounds within 20 minutes of the river.
From Madison, WI take interstate 90 to exit 106 and take US 33 west to Baraboo.