Kayaking Chippewa River

Saturday, August 2, 2014

My brother, and a few of his friends built fancy cedar strip canoes this summer. This was their inaugural journey.

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In six hours we went appx. 25 kilometers down the wide, yet very, very shallow sandy-bottomed Chippewa River (in Wisconsin). We had to, numerous times, get out of our boats and drag them across the river where, in spots, it was only a couple inches deep. Aside from that it was an excellent, if slow, river.


At one point I saw a snake swimming across the river. I got a little too close and it looked at me. Then it dove underwater for a moment before continuing its swim. It was probably just a garter snake which, I'm told, can swim.

I don't have any pictures of their very nice canoes because, well, it didn't occur to me to take any. I was too busy kayaking!

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