What are you interested in?
Update: 3/19/15 - We've seen a significant increase in year over year reservations (currently up 24%) so thanks for that! We only added a handful of boats so I expect our weekends to sell out a few days earlier this summer (last year was full every weekend from June 28th to Labor Day) so you may want to get your plans together sooner rather than later this year. -Ryan
Who We Are
Wisconsin Canoe specializes in unguided overnight canoe and kayak rentals in one of the best natural areas left in the midwest. Based on the Wisconsin River in Spring Green, along with House on the Rock, Taliesin, and the American Players Theater, we offer the best people and the best equipment to get you to your favorite sandbar on the Lower Wisconsin River covering Prairie Du Sac, Sauk City, Mazomanie, and Arena.
What started out as a new business with 10 old canoes and a trailer run by a couple of kids has evolved to a husband and wife team (yeah, two of those kids) now operating the newest fleet of over 150 canoes and kayaks on the Wisconsin River. From Sauk City to Spring Green, we'll have over 5,000 paddlers on the water this season.
The Lower Wisconsin itself is nearly 100 gentle miles of free flowing, undeveloped riverway that runs from the last dam at Prairie Du Sac all the way to the Mississippi River. There is very little development on the shoreline due it's protected status and because there are no rapids, it's a great place to get away and relax with friends and family.
It's been dubbed the "River of a Thousand Isles" for good reason. Sandbars are everywhere along our stretch of river (the river is over 90% sand bottom) and almost all sandbars are available for camping (no permits required). As a bonus (or maybe drawback), the only nude beach in the state of Wisconsin (attracting ~70,000 people every year) is located here (don't worry, it can also be avoided). Come see why the Wisconsin River is gaining a place as one of the top river destinations in the country.
Planning Your Trip
We've tried to collect every piece of information and knowledge you might want to know in order to plan your trip. If this is the 20th year for your group and you already know it all, great! If this will be your first time, even better! Paddling the Wisconsin River really is a life changing experience (and we're not just saying that because we have to - heck, it certainly changed our lives) and we're excited to have more people discover what they've been missing right in their own backyard (even if you decide another company is a better fit for you).
A few quick things to point you in the right direction:
You're strongly recommended to reserve your canoe rentals as far in advance as possible. Every single year, we've completely soldout every weekend in July and August at least 2-3 weeks in advance (2012 sold out 12 of 14 weekends) so planning your canoe trip sooner rather than later is a good thing (it's also a big help for us as well).
If you've never paddled the river and wondering what to expect and what you should know, check out the trip planning section for everything you'll need to know about what to bring, where to camp, and answers to the most frequently asked questions.
For those just looking for information to go out on your own, you can download maps on our river maps page and bookmark our current conditions page to see hourly changes in flow rates, water temperature, and gauge depth.