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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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  • Zoe Osberg posted 28 days ago
    "Gorgeous place. I could spend all day here - the scenery is amazing."
  • Brad Luber posted 4 months ago
    "Love kayaking the lower Wisconsin. Mostly clean along the river way in the communities. Great for tubing floating and fishing as well. "
  • Evan Karolewicz posted 11 months ago
    "We had a great time canoeing down the river from our drop off point at Arena. The river was clean, there were plenty of sand bars to stop on and catch a breather and sip on something cold. The scenery was gorgeous and even saw some bald eagles! It was a great trip that I highly recommend. We went through Wisconsin Riverside Resort for our canoes. "
  • Mark Rhodes posted 9 months ago
    "I shouldn't tell you I love it here so much. Great scenery, kayaking, canoeing...if you fish lots of that. I kayak. Islands and sandbars open to first come. Bald eagles, I think otters, big turtles...just so diverse a wild life. People are either from out of the area like myself and very friendly or from the area and open to conversation and being friendly!"
  • Dean Schloesser posted 9 months ago
    "Beautiful, top of a bluff near Sauk city and the Wisconsin river. Friendly campground and people and my favorite feature of all is the fact that the entire campground is CLOTHING OPTIONAL. no minors allowed. "