Fox River A

Pardeeville, Wisconsin 53954

Fox River A

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This day journey for the adventurous type explores the historic Fox River, where it begins as a narrow, meandering creek through woodsy meadows, empties into a lake, quietly exits the lake amid a pristine setting of tamaracks and barrens in a protected wildlife area, and finally becomes a river as it takes up its long trek to Green Bay. Passing through an unspoiled landscape as it enters the city of Portage, the river is linked to a famous canal that once connected to the Wisconsin River. Expect to see sandhill cranes, great blue herons, deer, wood ducks, fish, and lots of turtles, including the cool spiny softshell.

The Fox here is sweetly intimate, only 20 feet wide and shallow. The water is clear, the bottom sandy. The landscape is marshy, but not flat; tall grass and alders in the foreground contrast with the slopes of pine behind. The river does meander quite a bit, with ubiquitous oxbows, so expect a small workout if you’re in a canoe or longer kayak."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
8.7 miles
Skill Level
4-5 hours
1 fpm/See the NOAA gage in Pardeeville. Look for a minimum height of 7 feet. Higher water is better for paddling up the canal. Also, check the wind forecast to try to avoid high winds from the north or west when paddling across Swan Lake.
Tidal Information
Wind speeds.
Additional Use
Indian Trails Campground (608-429-3244)
Local Contacts