We’ve peaked!

Today looks like it’ll be about as high as it goes and the reports we’ve heard back were all positive. Water levels at most points upstream are receding and with the dry forecast we should be out of the woods. Water level outlook above Portage in particular has been cut in half with a further reduction coming out of...

Today and beyond

Less than 2″ of rain fell last night. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, only that it could have been worse. We did see the dam at Prairie Du Sac come up 2kcfs which wasn’t unexpected and I believe it’s now leveled off around 12kfs. To put that number in perspective, 15kcfs is where we start cancelling...

Clarification on water levels

Our “current river conditions” graphs are a little misleading as they measure water levels 30 miles downstream of where all of our trips end. The local rainfall that we got is filtering in through all of the tributaries and the vast majority of that increase is happening at or below our location which is why you’re seeing the graph...

We’ll survive the weekend! All trips are going out.

Lots of rain again locally and to the south of our watershed. I don’t envy some of you guys down south, especially with more coming. For us, while we did see an immediate rise in local water levels, it’s an overall small impact on our trips compared to the middle third of the river valley. We’re still above a...

Weather roulette

Quick update – water levels will drop substantially in 2 days leaving us tons of sandbars. Hopefully they’ll stay like that but we’ve got 50/50 chances of storms Tuesday through Friday so if most of those days get significant rain we could have some issues. I don’t think it’s likely, but certainly possible. Updates will come as the rain...

I’ve been damboozled!

The dam two days upstream at Castle Rock doubled their output a few hours ago.  Trips are still fine, it just means we’ll see waters rise a bit on Saturday so fewer sandbars than I initially anticipated.  This mostly means you can expect to share the bigger ones as this is also one of (if not the) busiest weekends...

You’re probably wondering about all this rain…

If you’ve got a trip this weekend and you’re one of the 95% of our customers that live in Madison, Milwaukee, or Chicago – you’re probably swimming through puddles at the moment thinking there’s no way canoe trips can go out with this much water. Good news (up here at least), the vast majority of the rainfall has hit...

Lots of rain locally but dry upstream means smooth sailing

This weekend is looking great! Sunny and dry with highs in the upper 80s! We’ve been sold out for weeks and I imagine it’s gonna stay that way. Water levels are still high for this time of year but plenty of sandbars out right now and even though we’ve had a lot of rain locally, the bigger impact is...

Water still higher than normal but we’ve got sandbars

The weather forecast looks great through middle/end of Sunday! Central Wisconsin saw some rain the past couple days so we’re about due for a small rise in water levels in the middle of the weekend so you’ll want to keep an eye on the edge of your sandbar to make sure it’s not getting covered overnight (stick a paddle...

Bookended by Storms

Looks like we’ve got a likely chance of storms Thursday night and Sunday night but for most of you, Friday to Sunday currently looks good! Saturday in particular looks just about perfect with highs in the 80s and lows in the high 50s.  Should be reasonable July camping weather! Water levels have held steady all this week and look...

Behind the Boats

Ever wonder what life is like running a canoe company? Some people do. I've gotten questions ranging from "How many times have you been to the Boundary Waters?" (one) to "What do you do in the Winter?" (it depends) and my personal favorite "You must love paddling" (paddling is #4 on the list).