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Black Earth Creek Whitewater Canoeing

Friday, Apr 26, 2024 (11:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Leaders: Forrest Ahrens
John Wiehl
Required ratings:
Canoe Orientation Rating, Provisional Swim Test, Standard Swim Test

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Come join us in paddling Black Earth Creek, a scenic trout stream in the Driftless Area, and a nice place to learn the fundamentals of river paddling. 

By the end of this trip, you should be familiar with moving water fundamentals, including eddy turns, ferries, and peel-outs. We will also discuss the basic moving water hazards: strainers and snags/foot entrapment. 

The goals of this trip are to be safe, have fun, and learn something! 


Meet at 11:00 am at the Hoofer Boathouse, lower level of Memorial Union. 

12:00 pm- leave for Black Earth Creek 

1:00pm- arrive at the Olson Road put-in. 

1:30pm- start paddling. 

3:30pm- reach the Two Bridges/ Wolf Run trailhead in Mazomanie. 

4:30 pm- return to Madison


Please bring shoes that you are willing to get wet and that will not fall off in the water. 

Dress for being immersed in water. You can wear activewear layers, or wetsuits are available which you can borrow from Hoofers (or bring your own). Definitely plan to be completely soaking wet!

Bring a towel and a full change of dry clothing, including a dry pair of shoes. We will leave those in the car for afterwards.


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Registration Type Registrations Remaining
All Participants 4 2
Waiting List 0 4