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Upper Yahara (Deforest to Windsor)

by  eguderyon

A self-supported trip created by eguderyon

Trip Overview

A great trip, but a bit tricky to catch at the right level. Although this tip runs right through the small town of Deforest it is very scenic and has a surprisingly wild feel to it in places. There are lots of little, drops, rapids, riffles, and rocky shallow areas. This section of the river rises and falls quickly after rains so it is hard to catch it at the right levels. 2 ft on the USGS gage 05427718 is the sweet spot, too much under and you will be scraping, and too much over and the creek can be a bit pushy, as it is very narrow and twisty in places. Local paddlers and paddling groups do a great job of keeping this section open, but be prepared for obstacles and obstructions. This is a fantastic trip for doing a walking or bike shuttle as there is a paved path along the creek the whole way, and it is just over 4 miles. There are bathroom facilities at the put-in and a porta-potty at the take out. The take out is easy, but it is 200 yard walk to the parking lot, it is a paved trail so bring your kayak cart if you have one.

Safety Notes

Stay alert, frequent rocks and obstacles to avoid, good boat control is necessary.

Gear Notes

Bring your camera you gonna want it


Lots of twists and turns, but shallow in most places, difficult to catch a right level (2ft)

Portage Notes

Locals do a good job of keeping this open but last time I went there were 2 big trees down that required short portages.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 4/23/2019
  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Fishing, Biking
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

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