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Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - Helena Unit




04/01 - 10/31

The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway flows unimpeded 92.3 miles from below the dam at Prairie du Sac to its confluence with the Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien. It encompasses 40,000 acres of DNR land on both sides of the river. It was created in 1989 to protect and preserve the scenic beauty and natural character of the river valley. The Helena Unit centers on the Spring Green area. There are 285 bird and 45 mammal species found within the riverway. Signature species include the Bald Eagle, Osprey, Common Merganser and Common Goldeneye. Rare species include the Golden Eagle, Cerulean and Kentucky Warbler, and Yellow-breasted Chat. From Spring Green, travel south on Highway 23 or Highway 14 to access the Helena Unit.



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  • Andrew James Riemer posted 1 month ago
    "A wonderful place for a float trip! With an abundance of State-owned land along the waterway, including many islands, this is an ideal location for a float trip, regardless of your experience level. Beyond Gotham, the river is often very shallow, which may make inexperienced paddlers more comfortable. Pack a meal and plan to spend some time on one or more of the islands. They provide a great opportunity for a rest, and the sandy shores and river bottom make for many opportunities for swimming. If you don't have your own canoe, you may rent from any number of area businesses. Personally, I recommend the folks at Eagle Cave, nestled in the hills between Blue River, Boaz, and Muscoda, not far from Richland Center."
  • Elliot Koppenhaver posted 1 month ago
    "Beautiful area, scenic highways and little blacktop roads along both sides makes for a perfect fall drive to look at the colorful trees."
  • Zoe Osberg posted 2 months ago
    "Gorgeous place. I could spend all day here - the scenery is amazing."
  • Brad Luber posted 6 months ago
    "Love kayaking the lower Wisconsin. Mostly clean along the river way in the communities. Great for tubing floating and fishing as well. "
  • Lorie Rognholt posted 26 days ago
    "Nice veiw of the upper and lower waters "