Giese Park to Glenville Landing

Giese Park to Glenville Landing small map

Paddling Basics

8 miles; 2-3 hour trip.

  • Paddle begins with gentle current, easy paddling. River turns sharply east at the vertical rise of the Baraboo Bluffs. A 50-foot elevation drop within the next 5 miles of river creates many riffle areas and some small Class II rapids in high water. Water flows below 250 cfs can make passage difficult due to exposed rocks.
  • This section is generally free of any obstacles to navigation.

River Access & Parking

  • Giese Park: Located 2 miles west of Hwy. 12 on Hatchery Road. Parking is available at the park. A rustic outhouse is also available.
  • Numerous city parks along the river and a riverwalk provide public access, landings, restrooms, parking and picnic facilities.
  • Glenville Landing: Located off Highway 113 at the south east corner of Baraboo. Park at the landing. No restrooms.

River Features:

  • Skillet Creek enters the Baraboo from the south draining a large area of the Baraboo Bluffs.
  • Exposed pre-Cambrian quartzite is oldest rock formation visible in Wisconsin.
  • Circus World Museum in Baraboo commemorates the original winter headquarters of the Ringling Brothers Circus.
  • The last dams on river were removed between 1996 – 2001 to improve water quality and restore fishery access to the river’s upper reaches and feeder streams. Five dams were once located in this stretch and were used to generate power for Baraboo’s early industrial development.