Glenville Landing to Wisconsin River

Glenville Landing to WI River small map

Paddling Basics:

26 miles total length; 18 hour trip total.

  • Glenville to Luebke Landing 4 miles; 3 hours. Luebke to Highway 33 bridge 4 miles; 3 hours. Highway 33 bridge to Highway 33 Wayside 9 miles;
    6 hours. Highway 33 Wayside to the Wisconsin River 9 miles; 6 hours.
  • Most traveled portions are from Glenville Landing to Luebke Landing and from Luebke to Highway 33 bridge. All of these sections are less used and have poorer landings and access.
  • Travels through a hardwood forest with occasional riffle stretches.
  • Occasional fallen trees or log jams may require you to carry your canoe up steep, muddy and slippery banks.
  • Highway 33 bridge to the Highway 33 Wayside is through a channelized, straightened section of river through an intensive agricultural area.
  • Below the Highway 33 Wayside the river flows through a mature flood plain forest. High water events provide a unique canoeing experience.

River Access & Parking:

  • Glenville Landing: Located off Highway 113 at the south east corner of the city of Baraboo. Parking is available at the landing. No restrooms.
  • Luebke Landing: 3 miles east of 113 on Cty Rd. W. Parking is available at the site. No restrooms.
  • Highway 33 Bridge, located on Highway 33, 6 miles east of Baraboo. Difficult access because of rip-rap on river bank. Park along Cty Rd. U. No restrooms.
  • Highway 33 Wayside is located off highway 33 at the junction with
    I 90-94. Steep banks at launch site. Parking at wayside. No restrooms.
  • Cty Rd. U bridge is located on Cty Rd. U, 1.5 miles south of 33, west of Portage. Unimproved landing. Park along road. No restrooms.
  • Wisconsin River access near the mouth of the Baraboo is located at Thunderbird Rd. Take Cty Rd. U, south to Reumann Road, then east onto Thunderbird Rd. Parking at landing. No restrooms.

River Features:

  • Wildlife is abundant throughout this stretch, especially in the lowland forest at the junction with the Wisconsin River. Occasional log jams throughout this stretch can make travel difficult and require portages.
  • An old stagecoach trail parallels the river on the east for the last mile before the Highway 33 bridge, several old bridges are still evident.
  • River passes through Lower Narrows, highlighting the Baraboo Bluffs, which rise 400 feet above the river.