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Lower Wisconsin State RiverwayBoating / canoeing

State boating regulations [PDF] apply on the Wisconsin River. Here are few of the highlights:

Peck's Landing
DNR Photo

  • A personal floatation device (life jacket) is required for every person on board a boat, motorized and non-motorized. The PFD must be a type 1, 2, or 3 (wearable type not a seat cushion), must be US Coast Guard approved and be of the correct size for the intended wearer. It is required that anyone on a personal watercraft WEAR their PFD. Those in other boats are not required to wear the PFD but it must be readily accessible.
  • If you swim in the river, wearing your PFD is also recommended due to the drop offs and sometimes swift current.
  • Lighting is required sunset to sunrise. A light must be carried and shown in time to avoid collisions on non-motorized boats. Bow and stern lights are required on motorized boats - see regulations for details on motorized boats.
  • Registration is required on motorized boats and sailboats over 12 feet.
  • Operating a motorboat while under the influence of intoxicants is prohibited.

Canoe Routes and Trails

LWSR Water Trail Map [PDF]
DNR PUB LF-054 2014

Popular Canoe Routes
Destination Miles Canoeing Time
Sauk City to Arena 11.0 3½ hours
Arena to Spring Green 10.0 3 hours
Spring Green to Muscoda 22.0 6 hours
Muscoda to Blue River 8.0 2 hours
Blue River to Boscobel 10.0 3 hours
Boscobel to Bridgeport 23.0 6 hours
mileage between popular boat landings

Major Public Access Points

  • Veterans Memorial Park (Prairie du Sac)
  • Town of Mazomanie
  • Arena
  • Highway 14 Bridge
  • Peck's Landing
  • Otter Creek
  • McKenna Park (Long Lake)
  • Buena Vista Boat Landing (Gotham)
  • Avoca Lake park (questionable access to river)
  • Orion
  • Riverside Park (Muscoda)
  • Muscoda (west side of Hwy. 80)
  • Blue River Landing
  • Boscobel Landings
  • Woodman Lake
  • Wauzeka Public Landing
  • Millville Landing
  • Bedford Slough and Bridgeport
  • Wyalusing State Park

* In addition to the access points listed above, several other private and older access points (not maintained or lost to erosion) do exist along the river.

Last revised: Wednesday January 11 2017