River Day 6, Friday, June 19
Howell Landing to Riverside = 20 miles
Good morning and welcome to River Day 6. The weather forecast is for occasional rain, with a high of 75 degrees.
This final paddle day will be 21 miles to Riverside Landing, which is about 8 miles north of Danbury. Three scenic rivers come together on this stretch. You’ll encounter some rocky and some sandy bottoms, stretches with riffles and several Class I rapids. Restrooms will be at Fritz, McDowell, and Namekagon Trail Landings, and pit toilets at various campsites, as has been the case all week. The Totogatic River, a state designated wild and scenic river, enters the Namekagon about six miles before the confluence with the St. Croix. All three are amazing rivers, worth taking time to explore.
Have you always wanted to snorkel? SCRA’s Angelique Edgerton and her invasive species crew will be on the river from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to share what invaders might be lurking at river’s edge. They will have snorkel equipment on hand for you to try your hand at underwater discovery.
When you reach the confluence with the St. Croix River, the river widens significantly and becomes more braided. Just because it’s wider doesn’t mean it’ll be dull. There are several fun rapids yet to be run, and the choices of routes around islands makes for an interesting ride. The take-out will be river right, look for the same sign you’ve seen all week; if you float under the Highway 35 bridge, you’ve gone too far. This is always a bittersweet moment. Most people are tired and ready to be off the river, but sad to say goodbye to friends and to a river that has brought so much joy.
For registered paddlers using our shuttle, a van or bus will take you to Danbury to retrieve your vehicle, then you’ll drive back to Riverside to load up your gear and say final farewells. Are you ready?