|Start of the Trip|
|Open Area in Backwater|
This Wednesday we put in at the boat ramp in Fountain City Wisconsin for a wonderful evening of paddling, one of the longer routes we have taken providing two hours of solid paddling. The weather was perfect although a little hazy for good photography. This section of the Mississippi River has a relatively narrow main channel and a large amount of backwater area. It is wise to go with someone that knows the backwaters or you can get lost for a time. I don't think we were lost on this trip just took one turn that ended in a dead end.
|Surrounded by Woods|
|Fawn was Spotted Along Shoreline|
In the backwater the scenery is constantly changing; sometimes it is rather open, other times it is really narrow. The water was down to a more normal level while earlier this season it was at flood level. Often the water is only a few inches deep in the backwater and motorized boats would be stranded. There was only one spot on this trip that we were hitting the bottom with our boats requiring some pushing with our hands on the bottom for a few feet. In other places there are logs in the water or overhead that you must maneuver through.
|Entering Narrow Path Single File|
|Path Through Aquatic Plants was Really Narrow|
|Getting Closer to Main Channel|
We often spot various wildlife along the route. On this trip I saw a bald eagle up close, blue heron, and a fawn that was barely visible along the shoreline. In the fall of the year the near silence can be broken by duck hunters shooting, hopefully not at kayaks.
|Boat Landing is Just Ahead|
* By using Google Earth someone computed our trips to cover about Seven miles.
|Google Earth Image of Route We Took|
Additional pictures from the potluck afterwards.