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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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  • Bruce Fortner posted 13 days ago
    "Beautiful hardwood forest on the Wisconsin River. A 10 minute walk up the logging road offers scenic views."
  • Chris Kazik posted 4 days ago
    "I am new to Google maps and i was able to find my place with ease! What a blessing!"
  • Lynn Bever posted 1 month ago
    "The Wisconsin River is awesome! Full moon over the Flooded River South of Lone Rock! Even the boat launch is flooded! I almost drove straight into the river!"
  • Tim Staton posted 4 months ago
    "Very scenic stretch of this gorgeous river. Great options to camp on sandbars for a multi-day trip. Little to no camping options once you pass under the highway 18 bridge."
  • Rachel Molacek posted 4 months ago
    "I loved visiting this place with my fiance on a foggy, winter morning. Parts of the trails were closed off (due to bald eagles nesting), but we did mange to see a bald eagle in a tree on a middle island. Plus get a nice walk in!"