The Yellow River from Green Valley Rd. To Swan Bridge Rd. Is a slow-moving portionof river, for the most part. The route starts at a bowt landing. The water isn’t moving quickly at all, and you go under the bridge to go downstream. There are wild rice beds that take up much of th river. Early in the season, you can paddle the whole width of the river, but later in the growing season, you will likely have to stay in the main channel.
At the Hector Dam Bridge, the river narrows. Under the bridge, you’ll want to go right into the ‘V’ in the river. There are some riffles right after the bridge that add a little excitement to the trip. The river widens again with more rice beds- a good section to harvest in lat August! The take-out is at Swan Bridge Road where you can park on the side of the road (as you can with Hector Dam Road). We took out on the NW corner of the bridge – a bit of a challenge but it was the best choice.
Along this route, there are yellow iris, cattail, maple and pine. We saw 3 bears up a tree too! (Updated June 14, 2017)
Resources: Canoeing the Wild Rivers of Northwestern Wisconsin by Gerald R. Lowry
Last paddled June 1, 2017