Posted by: PJC on Oct-08-12 3:47 PM (EST)
I've been on the Wisc. for five of the last seven days. Very low. Been living here since 83 and I've never seen it lower.
In fact, I went swimming (intentionally) on Wed. and had trouble finding spots deep enough to honestly swim in... kept kicking the bottom. You could probably hike the lower 93 miles of it and use a PFD for the occasional 50yd channel swims if you didn't want to hike over to the shallower bank. Why take a boat at all?
Seems really odd since the previous two years it was so high it was sometimes hard to find a sandbar to camp on. Got everything except average.
Thursday at Wyalusing (on the Mississippi a little over a mile downstream from the confluence) the floating piers were grounded and had water lines 18" above where the water level is now - so they've likely been grounded for a long time this summer.
Leads to some amusement though... while passing by Muscoda there was a dumbass who thought it might be a good idea to drive his Silverado off the DNR boat landing. He got to a sandbar in almost mid river and got his silly self stuck. He was throwing wet sand well above his roof line before he gave it up. Dug himself in good. He had to be rescued with a farm tractor. Cops arrived, DNR, all the uniforms were present by the time he was out - calculating fines, no doubt. He's probably thinking that wasn't the brightest thing he did that day... Good laugh for us though. The Muscoda Low Water Folly Fest.
No change of boats though... If I beach I just step out and haul over to where its 3" deeper. Its all loose sand and does very little (if any) hull damage. Worth it just to be out there and get some camping in.