The Lower Black River, 53 mile Overnight Kayak

When I found a few extra days it seemed like a no-brainer to take the kayak out on a paddle trip. The Black River downstream of Black River Falls was my choice. I had heard good things about the sandstone cliffs and surrounding landscape. 

Much thanks to my buddy Zach! He helped with the shuttle for this one and made my life a lot easier. I put in around noon on Tuesday, May 5th at Perry Creek Recreation Area and made my way downstream for about 27 miles. 

It is pretty amazing to explore the various cliffs and tributary river valleys that line the river. Also plentiful are springs that pour into the river. In addition to this the wildlife is active and abundant.

The next day was 26 miles to the boat launch along highway 35. Woke up and got some camp coffee going in the percolator. Always use straight river water for this, just something about it. Hit the water by 9am. Spent some time with eagles pretty close, 20 minutes hanging out with the one. Rained hard for a while, which was awesome. 

This is certainly a trip worth repeating, and could easily be stretched out over a few days. Below you'll find highlights from the paddle.