Date: July 28, 2021; Length: 4.5 miles; Duration: 1 hours 30 min
Planning: The Chippewa River is a long, wide, and fairly flat river in northwestern Wisconsin that flows southwest before entering the Mississippi River. Mike Svob has 11 trips and about 110 miles of the Chippewa outlined in his books Paddling Northern Wisconsin and Paddling Southern Wisconsin. I used his fourth trip in Paddling Northern Wisconsin to plan for my own paddling, with a shortened 4.5 mile section from Moon’s landing to Scoles landing.
Paddling: The river had a surprisingly solid current for how wide and deep it was. Riffles also occasionally occurred. I paddled some and floated a bit, letting the river do some work as well.
Observations: The river is dark brown with decent clarity in shallow water. It had a good amount of islands, with forests for banks the whole time. There were also a handful of houses, but scattered and without much change in the landscape. The only bridge was for a railroad and came shortly before my takeout at Scoles landing. No other paddlers or people off the water were in sight and the same went for wildlife in none, albeit in the hour and a half I was out there.
Reflecting: This wasn’t an overly exciting river trip, but a pleasant one for the water’s current and enough depth, with natural surroundings and nice access options. I enjoyed my brief time out on the water. So if you’re seeking out a quiet and calm paddling experience, this section of the Chippewa and I’m sure more sections up or downstream will give you that.