Rock Springs to Giese Park

Rock Springs to Giese Park small map

Paddling Basics:

17 miles; 6 hour trip.

  • Easy paddling with gentle current. Minor log jams between Rock Springs and North Freedom may require portages.
  • North Freedom is the halfway point in this stretch.

River Access & Parking

  • Rock Springs: The landing and parking are located off Cty Rd. DD just south of Hwy 136 bridge in Rock Springs. Restrooms are located in park across from the landing.
  • North Freedom: Landing and parking available in Fireman’s Park located south off of Walnut Street. Restrooms are located in the park.
  • Giese Park: Located 2 miles west of Hwy. 12 on Hatchery Road. Parking is available at the park. A rustic outhouse is available.

River Features:

  • Scenery is mix of lowland forest, wetlands, fields and pasture.
  • Some favorite quartzite rock outcroppings and bluffs rise from the riverbanks between Rock Springs and North Freedom.
  • Several interesting 1880s iron railroad bridges cross in this stretch.
  • Mid-Continent Railway Museum is located along the river in North Freedom.