Sugar River A Professional Review and Guide
"This trip along a charming stretch of the Sugar, nestled in the soft hills and farms of southwestern Dane County, features clear water, riﬄes, pretty stands of oaks, a fun rapid, and the button-cute hamlet of Paoli—plus blue-winged teals, great blue and green herons, deer, killdeer, kingﬁshers, ﬁsh, cows, and bald eagles.
One of the nicest parts of this little trip is how much variety there is in only 5 miles. True, most of the paddling is alongside pastures, but there are glimpses of where the last glaciers ended and the Driftless Area begins. Especially nice are the many old oaks, handsomely macabre in their gnarled isolation. The river does meander, but it has moments of straightaways, too, sometimes tree-canopied, other times in savanna settings of unbroken sunshine."