May 15 – 25, 2016
10 Days of Collecting Data and Highlighting the Amazing Rock River Basin
Brought to you by the Rock River Coalition
with support from
Rock River Stormwater Group, Rock River Trail Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Our Goal: To engage communities of the Rock River Basin by exploring water quality issues, recreational opportunities and the role of the public in water conservation by:
What We’ll Do:
Collect Data, Paddle the Rock from Mayville to Beloit
Collecting, Analyzing and Sharing Water Quality Data
Collect data continuously with a probe mounted on the front of a kayak. Parameters include: pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity. Data will be uploaded via cell phone and digitally displayed on a web map. We’ll also take periodic grab samples for analysis of nutrients and bacteria.
Keep track of our progress on Facebook and at http://www.testingwaters.org.
This dissolved oxygen map from Fort Atkinson shows the type of map that will be produced as we paddle. Everyone will be able to follow us as we travel the river.
Equipment attached to a kayak is being used for the first time in a public event to collect data. Developed by CURRENT
Every day we will travel 8 – 17 miles. You are welcome to join us. Most days you can paddle a shorter trip. The times are tentative, daily updates will be posted on our Facebook page. Download our brochure with paddle summary TTW Brochure.
Participants must provide their own paddle craft, there are a number of places to rent a canoe or kayak. We have provided a listing here.
The paddle will be leisurely as we can’t go faster than the monitoring probes can sample the water. We will also stop periodically to take nutrient samples, perform other monitoring protocols and due video updates.
Beverages and snacks will be provided. Lunches are the responsibility of the participant.
For a map of the start and stop locations, click here: TestingTheWaters_map (printable pdf)
Sunday May 15 Start Location: Mayville Rotary Park, 10:30 Paddle Registration, 11:00 Ceremony, Noon: Paddle start Maps: Start Location End Location
All Day Option: Paddle from Mayville Rotary Park to Greenhead Landing 10.2 miles
Part Day Option: Paddle from Kekoskee to Greenhead Landing 3.8 miles
Expected end time: 5:00pm
Monday May 16: Start Location: Greenhead Landing (on East Branch Rock River, at edge of Horicon Marsh), Start Location End Location
9:00 Registration and video updates. 9:30 Begin paddle
All Day Option: Paddle from Greenhead Landing to Horicon Legion Park 7.7 miles
No Part Day Option
Expected End Time: 2:30 pm
Community Event: Horicon IAM Local Lodge 873 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday May 17 Start Location: Horicon Kiwanis Park, 9:00 Registration and video updates. 9:30 Begin paddle Start Location End Location
All Day Option: Paddle from Horicon Kiwanis Park to Hustisford Neider Park 8.3 miles
Optional take outs on Lake Sinissippi if needed.
Expected End Time: 3:00 pm
Community Program: Hustisford Community Library 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday May 18: Start Location: Hustisford Lions Park, 9:00 Registration and video updates. 9:30 Begin paddle Start Location End Location
All Day Option: Paddle from Lions Park to Harnischfeger County Park 17.3 miles
Optional take out at Monroe Road 15.4 miles. No earlier take-out available
Expected End Time: 5:00 pm
Community Program: Harnischfeger Center
Thursday May 19: Start Location: Dodge County Harnischfeger Park 9:00 Registration and video updates. 9:30 Begin paddle Start Location End Location
All Day Option: Harnischfeger Park to Jefferson County Kanow Park 11.3 miles
Optional part day: end at Kaul Park 5.7 miles
Expected End Time: 3:00 pm
Community Program: none
Friday May 20: Start Location: Kanow County Park: 9:00am Registration. Begin paddle 9:30am Start Location End Location
All Day Option: Kanow County Park to Willow Street in Watertown, 15.7 miles
Optional part day: end at Pipersville, County P 10.4 miles
Expected End Time: 6:00 pm
No community event
Saturday May 21: Start Location: Watertown Tivoli Island Park: 9:00 Registration and video updates. 9:30 Begin paddle, 11:00 arrive Watertown Senior Center for midday program. Portage dam and begin afternoon paddle 12:30. Map to Tivoli Map to South First Street Park Map to Rock River Park
All Day Option: Tivoli Island to Watertown Senior Center (2 miles) to Jefferson County Rock River Park just south of Johnson Creek on County B 13.7 miles
Part Day Option: 1:00 start. First Street Park to Jefferson County Rock River Park, Johnson Creek 11.7 miles
Expected End Time: 6:30 pm
Community Program: 11:00 Watertown Senior Center
Sunday May 22: Start Location: Rock River County Park Johnson Creek: 9:00 Registration and video updates. 9:30 Begin paddle. Paddle to Jefferson Rotary Park (5.7 miles) 12:30, Lunch and public program, Leave at 2:00 for Fort Atkinson (4.8 miles) Start Location Rotary Park, Jefferson End Location
All Day Option: Rock River County Park to Elmore Klement Park Fort Atkinson 10.5 miles Part Day Options: 1) Rock River Park to Jefferson Rotary Park 5.7 miles
Part Day Option: 2) Jefferson Rotary Park to Fort Atkinson Elmore Klement Park 4.8 miles Expected End Time: 5:30
Community Program: 12:30 Jefferson Rotary Park
Monday May 23: Start Location: Fort Atkinson Elmore Klement Park: 9:00 Registration and video updates. 9:30 Begin paddle Start Location End Location
All Day Option: Lake Koshkonong Fort Atkinson Elmore Klement Park to Vinnie Ha Ha Road, 8.9 miles. We will most likely paddle up the Bark River, adding to this distance. Paddlers will have the option depending on wind to continue further down Lake Koshkonong.
Part Day Option: Take outs in Fort Atkinson at North Water Street West or Old Hwy 109 Bridge
Expected End Time: 3:30
Community Program: Fort Atkinson Community Center 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday May 24: Start Location: Indianford County Park: 9:00 Registration and video updates. 9:30 Begin paddle Start Location End Location
Some paddlers may choose to start earlier and leave from a site on Lake Koshkonong or from the Newville Public Access and portage Indianford dam. Check Facebook for all options.
All Day Option: Indianford County Park to Janesville Traxler Park 11.9 miles
Expected End Time: 4:30 pm
Community Program: Janesville Traxler Park 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday May 25 Start Location: Afton Rd Boat Launch 9:00 Registration and video updates. 9:30 Begin paddle Start Location End Location
All Day Option: Janesville Afton Rd Boat Launch to Beloit Riverside Park 13.6 miles
Part Day Options: Several earlier take outs available.
Possible start location at Preservation Park, more details to come. 3.8 miles.
Expected End Time: 3:30 pm
Community Program: Celebration! 4:00 – 6:00 Rotary Center in Riverside Park, followed by the RRC Annual Meeting and Election of new board members.