Spring has been slow in coming this year and the Wolf River is still flowing with a lot of water. Water that flows over it’s banks and creates new places to explore when flood season is here. We have finally had a series of really nice weather days for paddling and the river was calling.
New London fishing area – heading toward flooded waters
reflections in the marsh
paddling toward a wood duck house in the flooded marsh
leaves are popping on the river
The Wolf River typically floods in the spring around the New London fishing area. This is a nice spot to explore if you want to float beyond the banks of the normal river channel. The New London fishing area is not a regular boat landing spot. Launching from the shore line can be muddy and rocky.
Sea kayaking legend Derek Hutchinson shares his thoughts about kayaking in this interview from the 2007 West Coast Sea Kayaking Symposium.
Derek talks about kayak design history, his ideas on rolling, training, writing kayaking books and more.
If you are interested in the history of modern sea kayaking watching Derek Hutchinson share his stories is worth viewing.
Wayside landing on the Oconto River
Guide to paddling the Oconto River by Coolie
Oconto River from hwy 32 to (almost) co rd BB. Clear water, sandy bottom till closer to BB, then it gets rocky/gravelly and very shallow. Good current. Nice shorter paddle. If water is higher, can start from park in Pulcifer (if boat scrapes bottom under bridge in Pulcifer, will be scraping all the way to BB, per “Paddling Northern Wisconsin”). 60 foot train trestle bridge on river. Very nice wayside boat launch on hwy 32 with bathrooms, grills, picnic area.
Oconto River railroad trestle bridge - photo by Coolie
Oconto River - photo by Coolie
Coolie paddling the Oconto River - photo by Coolie
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