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We put in at STH 8 West of Cameron (45-23-37N 91-47-08W as per Google Earth). Exit was at CTH I South West of Chetek (45-17-22N 91-42-23W).
The river varies from 50 to 100 feet wide, and one to 3 feet in depth for most of this trip. This early in the summer Rice Lake, upstream at the city of Rice Lake, has not become green with algae, so we could see the bottom easily. There was very little traffic on the river.
The trip took 4 hours with easy paddling.
We had some luck fishing for Small Mouth Bass, catching 4 nice ones, catch and release. Lots of ducks and songbirds, and more Eagles that I expected.
Downstream from CTH D, near Chetek, were some nice sandstone cliffs on the west bank. Dragonflies were emerging all along the banks. There were no mosquitoes or flies.
It was an enjoyable trip, though I prefer smaller waters that people do not frequent. Now I just need to talk her into the going down the Thornapple River for an over night trip.
The exit at CTH I is a boat landing to the South West of the bridge. The bridge is found by exiting State Highway 53 at the CTH I exit near the South end of Chetek and traveling West for 2.7 miles.
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