Upper Kinnickinnic River - N River Road to Quarry Rd. in River Falls WI

by  Cori

A self-supported trip created by Cori

Trip Overview

Launched at N. River Road. We had to duck under 3 Cattle Wires toward the beginning. These metal wires are not barbed, and are easily movable to lift up and go underneath. There are a TON of strainers(downed trees). Had to portage 2 times to briefly get around the trees that completely cover the width of the River. The obstacle course can be fun for some more experienced paddlers, but may be challenging for beginners or those that don't like the obstacle course. We also came across what seemed to be a territorial beaver that swam near and underneath our boats for a short stretch of the river. Very fascinating to see this very large animal swimming just beneath our boat in this tiny river! But also don't wish to be that close to a beaver again. We also came across a completely submerged Kayak on it's side and floatation device that was trapped in a large downed tree. My boat went over the submerged Kayak at the current water level. A bit freaky. Hopefully this will be removed soon. Once you got past Liberty Road, there are thankfully fewer strainers to have to maneuver around. To Get out on Quarry road, we paddled to the left side of the underpass. Pulled boats out and followed a mowed path to the left under the underpass. We follow until saw steep trail on the right that leads up to the road. No parking except on the side of the road. Trip was slow due to strainers and took us 2.5hours but could likely do in less time.

Safety Notes

MANY strainers. Territorial Beaver.

Portage Notes

Short portages through brush to get around downed trees that cover entire river.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 6/1/2022
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Number of Portages: 2

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