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Badfish Creek Canoeing Trip/Lesson

Saturday, Sep 24, 2022 (11:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Leader: Gregg Riemer
Required ratings:
Canoe Lake Rating, Kayak Lake Rating, Quietwater Leader, R1, R1-C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R1-OC1 (Open Canoe- Solo), R1-OC2 (Open Canoe-Tandem ), R2, R2 - C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R2-OC1 (Open Canoe- Solo), R2-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem), R2p-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem), R3, R3-C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R3-OC1 (Open Canoe- Solo), R3-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem), R3p, R3p - C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R3p-OC1 (Open Canoe-Solo), R3p-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem), R4, R4 - C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R4-OC1 (Open Canoe- Solo), R4-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem), R4p, R4p - C1 (Covered Canoe- Solo), R4p-OC1 (Open Canoe- Solo), R4p-OC2 (Open Canoe- Tandem), SK0, SK1, SK2, SK2P, SK3, SKL1, SKL2, SKL3, WW1, WW1-OC, WW2, WW2-OC, WW3, WW3-OC, WW4, WW4-OC

Event Information


Badfish Creek is a small stream located about 1/2 hour south of Madison. It has many riffles and small rapids that provide an introduction to whitewater paddling.

We'll meet at the Park Street Circle promptly at 11am to select equipment and load canoes on cars. Once at the put-in, we'll start with "ground school" where we'll discuss river safety, equipment, and river features.

We won't be paddling a long distance on this trip. The focus will instead be on practicing skills such as river reading, eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, and bracing. 

This trip is for canoes, not kayaks. You must have a lake rating in an open canoe in order to attend this trip. 

On this trip, you will have the opportunity to earn your R1-OC rating. If you're not familiar with our rating system, you can find it here:

We won't be intentionally capsizing on this trip, but there is a possibility of inadvertent upset, so bring a spare change of clothes in a dry bag or sealed plastic bag. You will almost certainly get wet (and possibly muddy) from the knees down because we'll likely drag the canoes back up some shallow rapids to practice running them again.

The forecast is calling for a high of about 70 degrees, but the water will be chilly, so dress accordingly. Other things to bring:
Warm when wet clothes
Close-toed shoes
Lunch and personal snacks (we'll likely eat in the parking lot before putting on the river)
Drinking water
$5 for gas


COVID Precautions: We will be wearing masks in vehicles and driving with the windows down.

Hint: I'm planning to lead a wilderness canoe trip in Ontario Canada during the summer of 2023. You will need to have at least an R1-OC rating in order to go on that trip. We're getting fairly late in the paddling season this year, so that may not be a lot more opportunities to earn your R1-OC rating prior to the summer 2023 trip.

Event Type
Trip (off-site, ratings may be achieved)
Accommodation Information
None, this is just a day trip.
Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
(not set)
Driving or Travel Details
The trip is initially limited to 4 people (including me). If we have another person with a car, I can expand the trip to include 6 people (including me).
Equipment/ Gear Required by Participant
(not set)
Food and Equipment Information
Bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinking water.
Trip Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
Trip Purpose/Goals
Earn your R1-OC rating in an open canoe.

Registration Count

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