You Can’t Tread Water in a River

There are many opportunities for fun this time of year. While enjoying your romantic getaway at Hidden Serenity Bed and BSpring Riverreakfast this spring, take an adventure on the beautiful Milwaukee River. This river winds through the Kettle Moraine as well as the small city of West Bend and other little villages. So grab your kayak or canoe and have some adventure only a short distance north of Milwaukee. Read on to see how it all works.

Spring weather has resulted in a great deal of water entering our river systems here in Eastern Wisconsin. The Milwaukee River runs through West Bend and has many opportunities for a person seeking a fun kayak or canoe trip. With the spring rains, you will minimize the amount of times you have to port around shallow areas since the river is running strong right now! The two most common trips are from Kewaskum to West Bend (Barton) and from West Bend to Newburg.

For those launching in Kewaskum, the “East branch” of the Milwaukee river slowly flows through the more rural sections of Northern Washington County. In this section of the river you will first paddle through the Hon-E-Kor golf course, agricultural lands and a flood-plain forest. Just north of Highway H, a feeder stream flows into the river. This area has good habitat for fish and if you plan to bring a rod and reel along for the trip, northern pike can be caught using spinners. Expect this trip to take 3-5 hours.

Launching in West Bend, a longer trip to Newburg starts in the section of the river that goes through the City of West Bend. It is possible to actually kayak right through downtown starting below the dam (just north of Highway 33). There is sufficient current during high water to make for some excitement. If you wish to avoid the urban section of the trip, you can launch further downstream where there is a very nice canoe launch in Riverside Park. This section of the river is excellent smallmouth bass habitat, whether you just wish to watch for fish or catch them on a small spinner or jig. Since this section of the river is just south of the West Bend airport, do not be surprised if you see a few low flying planes! Expect this trip to last 5-6 hours.

Details of where to put in and take out your canoe or kayak can be found at.

A full map of canoe launch sites in the area for people seeking a real adventure is at:

For current water conditions including real time stream flow visit

We hope you take advantage of this opportunity that only a rainy spring can bring to us. After you have experience the river, come back to our luxury inn to a soothing shower and relaxing massage to comfort those sore muscles. Check out the packages and specials page to what deals you can get while staying with us. At Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast you can always count on a hot gourmet breakfast and a comfy bed!

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