Tips for first time canoeing DPR?

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Re: Tips for first time canoeing DPR?

Postby deaddog » May Thu 07, 2020 11:12 pm

Great advice on the lagoons. It was fantastic - way more interesting the Big Bend. Saw a few blue herons and a bunch of turtles And very well protected from the wind - which was a good thing because in the areas that were a bit wider open, the wind was pushing me around pretty hard. I went north of Tower to the dam and then a bit south, just circling the first island.
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Re: Tips for first time canoeing DPR?

Postby Rambler » May Fri 08, 2020 8:30 am

Glad you enjoyed it. I went to a funeral for an old friend (not from COVID) in Evanston yesterday. After it was over I drove up to the 'goons for a look-see. Ate a sandwich & walked along #5. Water looks pretty clear & it'll probably be a few more weeks before the weeds get really bad.

Might have to do some shore fishing there next week.
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Re: Tips for first time canoeing DPR?

Postby deaddog » May Fri 08, 2020 11:04 am

I actually thought it was pretty weedy - lots of surface floaters - with my poor technique I was tossing strands everywhere!!!
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Re: Tips for first time canoeing DPR?

Postby Rambler » May Fri 08, 2020 11:45 am

In bad years it gets worse. The west channel south of the launch in particular. Doesn't necessarily effect the fishing.
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Re: Tips for first time canoeing DPR?

Postby threeats407 » May Sat 09, 2020 4:28 pm

deaddog wrote:So, I went out on Big Bend today to get a feel for the new canoe. It was awesome. Stable, handled well, pretty fast with a double paddle. The lake was smaller than I expected but since I was the only one on the water, there was a lot of room! Thinking of going to Busse tomorrow - but seeing big wind in the forecast.

Question - looks like lots of big islands with trees in Busse - does that tend to cut the wind down a bit for canoe/kayaking?

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Keep in mind you can get into the river from Big Bend but I assume you saw the spot.
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Re: Tips for first time canoeing DPR?

Postby deaddog » May Sun 10, 2020 3:37 pm

thanks, yep I saw the BB opening into DPR. But I decided to stay off the river for now - on the drive up I saw at least one bridge with only about 6" of clearance and decided I'd wait until the level drops a few feet.
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Re: Tips for first time canoeing DPR?

Postby Rambler » May Sun 10, 2020 5:28 pm

Bridges are no prob when the water's low but be cautious near dams. Pretty sure the ones at Touhy & Devon are still there.
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Re: Tips for first time canoeing DPR?

Postby Aux Pleins » May Sun 10, 2020 9:41 pm

Rambler wrote:Bridges are no prob when the water's low but be cautious near dams. Pretty sure the ones at Touhy & Devon are still there.


Nah, those aren't dams, more like speed bumps. They add a little excitement to a otherwise no thrill float.

Me and the old man going over dam #4 between Devon and Higgins.

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Both dam #3 & #4 have a stepped canoe shute. Dam #3s shute is on east bank. Dam #4s shute is on the west bank. But it is still fairly easy to just run it straight on.
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Re: Tips for first time canoeing DPR?

Postby Mushroom13 » Apr Tue 27, 2021 12:01 am

I agree, there are lots of surface floaters, and it's weedy. And, those aren't dams, more because of the like speed bumps, it is easy enough to run it straight on. I would like to go somewhere where are no weed beds, garbage in the river, and is beautiful nature around. Indeed, owning a canoe is an incredible experience. Unfortunately, our is too old, and I'm looking for a new one. I found some valuable reviews on outdoorlifecafe.com. But to tell the truth, I want to take the best, but I'm confused about my choice.
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Re: Tips for first time canoeing DPR?

Postby oldsalt » Apr Tue 27, 2021 4:55 pm

Wadsworth launch,Go north,you will not see a soul,river narrows to 15ft,with weed beds , gravel bottom area's , no smell,no garbage in the river.You also have STERLING LAKE there,crystal clear lake ,clean no garbage,stay out of the city.You can run the river up into Wisconsin.
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