Pewaukee River and Illinois Fox River

Waukesha, Wisconsin 53189

Pewaukee River and Illinois Fox River

Pewaukee River and Illinois Fox River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Here is a truly varied trip that begins in a tranquil wetlands, heads underneath an interstate highway, rushes down a fun set of rapids, and merges with a different river into downtown Waukesha before more Class I rapids. Along the way, you’ll see turtles, frogs, hawks, great blue herons, deer, and songbirds.

Soon you will be surrounded by the Pewaukee River Parkway, a pretty, marshy public area that is rather large and fairly undeveloped. There will be mostly long stretches of straightaways for the first mile or so, and the current is slack. The water is delightfully clear, and the width of the river is only 20 feet wide here. (Both the Pewaukee and Illinois Fox Rivers feel and look more like creeks than rivers.) There will be some downed trees to negotiate, but volunteers do a great job of clearing out nuisances. In fact, there is a race annually held in May that begins at the put-in and concludes at Frame Park in Waukesha."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
8.3 miles
Skill Level
3.5 hours
10 fpm in parts, 1–3 fpm in others/Look for a minimum of 40 cfs at USGS gage 05426067 (Bark River in Delafield) for the Pewaukee River portion and a minimum of 50 cfs at USGS gage 05543830 for the Fox River portion.
Tidal Information
Possible low water levels.
Additional Use

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Dec 2018