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Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to enjoy fall color. The trees and vegetation that line the river burst into dazzling shades, giving the paddler a breathtaking color show. These rivers are two of the very best for enjoying this annual display.
A Plover River Paddle
The Plover River might be the most under-rated paddling river in the state. This winding river cuts its way through central Wisconsin, finally joining the Wisconsin River at Stevens Point. One of the best sections for paddling is the stretch between Stevens Point’s Jordan Park and Iverson Park. This flat-water paddling trip begins at the canoe ramp on the south side of Highway 66 in Jordan Park. The wooded landscape on both sides of the river make this an excellent stretch for viewing wildlife and fall color. At Iverson Park, stretch your legs by walking a short segment on the Green Circle Trail, which makes its way through the park. Get complete details for this paddling trip.
Wandering the Willow Flowage
Some of the best fall paddling in Wisconsin can be found on lakes and flowages. The Willow Flowage in western Oneida County is enormous, totaling 6,400 acres. Largely undeveloped and with 117 islands, you can spend hours exploring this wilderness treasure. The flowage can be accessed on its east side at the Willow Flowage Dam. On the west side, paddlers can use landings located at the end of several improved roads. Find complete information about landings and other area paddling trips.
Celebrate fall with a trip to the pumpkin farm. In addition to pumpkins, these three farms offer lots of ways to enjoy a crisp fall day.
Just a short drive from Onalaska in the community of West Salem, you’ll find a fun corn maze as well as a farm animals, covered-wagon rides and goats for kids to pet. And, of course, there’s a pumpkin patch.
Haunted Cornfield at Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm in West Bend
At this farm, you’ll find pumpkins, a corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, farm animals and a petting zoo. The Friday and Saturday night “Haunted Corn Maze” is quite spooky.
In addition to pumpkins, this farm offers train rides, a bounce house, a farmers market, petting zoo and farm animals.
During the summer month, it seems that walleyes only bite when it’s cloudy, rainy or windy. In the fall, that changes. Some of the best fall walleye fishing days are bright, sunny and calm. For the walleye angler who has worked hard all summer long to put fish in the boat, fall can be a real treat.
This fall, you can’t go wrong with any of these four walleye destinations.
Oshkosh on Lake Winnebago
Lake Winnebago is the king of all Wisconsin walleye fisheries. At 138,000 acres, a walleye angler could spend a lifetime fishing this lake. The two techniques that catch the most fish during the fall are jigging and trolling. Look for walleye near mid-lake humps and depressions. Fall can bring some tremendous catches.
Boulder Junction’s 194 Lakes
This resort town is best known as a musky hotspot. However, nearly all of the lakes that dot this quiet little corner of Wisconsin hold walleye. In fact, the clean, clear waters of Boulder Junction hold some hefty fish. Even some of the smaller, lesser-known lakes in the area offer good walleye fishing. Plus, the fall color is spectacular here.
Lake Onalaska and the Mississippi River
The community of Onalaska is set on the banks of 7,700-acre Lake Onalaska, one of the best fishing holes on the entire Mississippi River. Each fall, the walleye fishing heats up on this complex of channels, sloughs and sprawling backwaters. The best walleye fishing can be found near current.
Lake Du Bay in the Stevens Point Area
Just a short drive north of Stevens Point you’ll find the 6,800-acre Lake Du Bay, an enormous impoundment on the Wisconsin River. Look for walleye near old river channels. Jigging is the method of choice here. Don’t be surprised if you hook into a smallmouth bass or even one of the lake’s muskies.