The author paddle-trolls with three lines on the Wisconsin River as he heads for the Petenwell Flowage. (Contributed photo)

The last time that I canoed on the stretch of the Wisconsin River that I am about to write about was back in 1991. That was a big year in my life as I spent the winter camping and training to hike the Appalachian Trail with my golden retriever Ben in the Meadow Valley Wildlife Area. With Ben carrying 12 pounds and me a whole bunch more, we hiked 1,244 miles of the AT. When I got home I purchased Star, who was 6 weeks old and would be Ben’s future mate.

The three of us jumped in a canoe and I paddled down the Wisconsin River and when I got home in the early fall, I returned to Meadow Valley.


The author’s camp on Petenwell, before the snow squalls lashed the area. (Contributed photo)

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