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Taking a Day Trip Near Madison, WI

Planning a day trip on the Lower Yahara River - A great getaway for Madison, WI locals!

Looking for a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life? Look no further than the small village of Fulton, located just a mile north of the confluence of the Rock and Yahara Rivers in south-central Wisconsin. With the Yahara River meandering through a thick wilderness that eventually opens up to rolling farmland, you can easily escape the noise of the interstate and relax in nature.

Fulton is where your Yahara River Trip Begins!

The Yahara River is an ideal location for a relaxing and peaceful kayak trip. As you float along the river, you'll be surrounded by lush wilderness and wide-open fields of rolling farmland. The abundance of bird species and other aquatic life in the area means you'll likely be escorted downriver by eagles, cranes, and blue herons. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of deer or coyotes. As you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Yahara River valley, you'll feel the stresses of everyday life fade away. A kayak trip down the lower Yahara River is the perfect way to reconnect with nature and find your inner peace.

Make sure to stop by the Fulton store for a bite to eat or a cold drink before spending a day or just a few hours kayaking the lower Yahara.

Weekend parking can be scarce at the Murwin Park launch, but there's a hidden overflow lot down the street with a short trail leading back to the park launch.

Drift Away Paddle Co is a full-service outfitter offering kayak rentals and launch assistance so you can simply sit back and enjoy the ride. Call them at 608-295-4622 to book your rental ahead of time.


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