Date: July 5, 2022; Length: 6 miles; Duration: 2 hours 15 min
Planning: I came across Duck Creek by just scanning around on Google Maps and then read up on past trips taken by the websites Miles Paddled and Wisconsin River Trips. One completed a 3-mile section just upstream of the other’s 6-mile section, with 9 miles of possibility to choose from. The 3-mile section had dams and warnings of issues with property owners. The 6-mile section from County G to Duck Creek road became my choice.
Shuttle: Duck Creek road was my takeout and is gated off to motorized vehicles for a good portion of it including the bridge. I parked my car by the south gate and hiked the trail portion of Duck Creek road passing the bridge, continuing on the remaining 5.4 mile route of county roads over to the put in, in a little over an hour and a half.
Paddling: Early on the paddling was decent with the narrow winding nature of the creek. Water level and downed trees were never an issue but the water lacked a current. In the second half of this trip the creek widened out at times with vegetation covering much of the water, making paddling more of a grind.
Observations: The water was clear, with grass banks and trees off in the distance. A few bridges occurred early on but were either railroad or private, while houses were rarely in sight. I didn’t come across any other people on or off the water but did see some ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, a turtle, and three deer.
Reflecting: The solitude and early on winding to the creek were some of my favorite parts to this trips. But I’ll also remember the flat vegetation covered water to paddle through. So I’m content with paddling this section of Duck Creek being a one time thing.