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The river is narrow with plenty of twists and turns as you head south through Mitchell Park. The landscape here is primarily marsh grass with a few trees along the river. We had to portage over one foot bridge on the south end of the park, otherwise paddling was easy going. There were two logs further down river that required us to get out of the canoe and carry over.
The river widens and becomes more forested as you paddle closer to I-94. There is a complete canopy overhead at times, which would provide welcome shade on a sunnier day. The pass under the interstate provides a short class I riffle, a quick thrill for the boys after a couple hours of flat water paddling. The Pewaukee River will soon appear on the right with riffles as it flows into the Fox. The river is widened considerably by that point and is deeper than the northern stretch. The trip ends up in Waukesha's Frame Park, where you can see a concession and paddleboat rental building to your left (the piers make for easy take out) as you pass under the last bridge. Further ahead you will spot water fountains in the river, a signature landmark in downtown Waukesha. The trip took us three hours, with me in the stern and the boys switching in the bow about half way.
Except for a few bikers and hikers passing over the foot bridge in Mitchell Park, we encountered no other people on our trip down this suburban Milwaukee waterway. It was a peaceful way to spend the 4th of July afternoon.
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